Strawberry Pretzel Bars

These No Bake Strawberry Pretzel Bars are the perfect sweet and salty combination!

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Strawberry Pretzel Bars: these no bake sweet and salty cheesecake bars are the perfect recipe for dessert!

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My Aunt Sandy makes the most delicious Strawberry Pretzel bars ever. I don’t know the recipe exactly, but I know the top is made with frozen strawberries and gelatin (I think, haha).

My last visit to Costco I bought one of those giant packages of fresh strawberries. And while we typically can plow through one of those in a day or two…my kids were busy eating all the other food I bought during that trip.

So before those strawberries went bad, I decided to try to recreate my Aunt’s recipe from my mind…using fresh berries. (Aunt Sandy if you’re reading this, let me know if I’m close!!)

Strawberry Pretzel Bars: these no bake sweet and salty cheesecake bars are the perfect recipe for dessert!

How to make Strawberry Pretzel Bars:

  • I started by making a pretzel and pecan base. I used my food processor to pulse these together. Don’t make it into a fine crumb…just whiz it up a few times. You want some good chunks. Add in the sugar and melted butter. You’re going to press this into the bottom of a 13×9 baking dish.
  • As you can see with the photo above, for the most part, the pretzel layer stays together with a few strays. These aren’t going to turn out as gorgeous stunning, perfectly square slices of cheesecake bars. They are more “rustic.” <—-I use this term to describe things that are messy to serve. Rustic sounds good, right??
  • I topped these bars with an easy, no bake cheesecake mixture. Seriously easy…and super sweet! Exactly how it’s meant to taste!
  • For the strawberries, I sliced each berry for a more beautiful “rustic” appeal. However, after consulting my taste testers, it was agreed that diced smaller would have made it easier to eat. And more strawberries on top would not have been a bad thing! I used 4 cups of sliced berries…which seemed like a lot at the time. So use that as a starting point, and add more if you prefer!

Strawberry Pretzel Bars: these no bake sweet and salty cheesecake bars are the perfect recipe for dessert!

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Strawberry Pretzel Bars recipe:

Strawberry Pretzel Bars

Yield: 15
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Chill Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
These No Bake Strawberry Pretzel Bars are the perfect sweet and salty combination!

Ingredients

FOR THE TOPPING:

  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 container (8 oz) Cool Whip, thawed
  • 4 cup sliced, fresh strawberries
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened

FOR THE CRUST:

  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 1/2 cup pretzels

Instructions

  1. In a large food processor add pretzels, pecans and sugar. Pulse a couple times until pieces are broken and combined (not fine crumbs). Add in melted butter and mix with a fork.
  2. Press mixture into the bottom of a 13x9-inch baking dish. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese, condensed milk and lemon juice. Beat for about 4-5 minutes, scraping down sides as necessary. Should be fluffy and smooth. Fold in Cool Whip until fully combined. Spread over pretzel crust.
  4. Top with sliced strawberries. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. ENJOY!


Strawberry Pretzel Bars: these no bake sweet and salty cheesecake bars are the perfect recipe for dessert!

*Today’s recipe for Strawberry Pretzel Bars was originally published on Shugary Sweets on May 21, 2015 and has been republished in June 2018

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29 comments on “Strawberry Pretzel Bars”

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  2. Francene Greene

    I made this as a summer holiday dessert—with the addition of blueberries. VERY GOOD!!! It’s also a very adaptable recipe in that you can tweak the butter, sugar— and to some degree the fruit—to meet the need of what you have in the frig and pantry. (I only had a very small amount of whipped cream on hand and it was still heavenly.) I am going to try this with bananas and strawberries with a drizzle of chocolate! This is a recipe keeper; thanks for sharing.

  3. Beata

    Would this work if I folded in fresh whipped cream instead of cool whip? 

  4. Hi Aimee,

    Those fresh strawberries look amazing! My first thought when I saw the picture is that it reminded me of delicious church potlucks from growing up! Can’t wait to try an updated version.

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