Yield: 15

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Prep Time 15 minutes
Chill Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes

This Strawberry Pretzel Salad recipe is the perfect sweet and salty combination! A light cream cheese filling, crunchy pretzel crust and fresh strawberry JELLO topping make these bars totally irresistible.


For the Gelatin:

  • 2 packages (small 3 ounce boxes) strawberry JELL-O
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 4 cups sliced, fresh strawberries (about a 1 pound package)

For the Crust:

  • 2 ½ cups pretzels (measure before crushing)
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted

For the Filling:

  • 1 package (8 ounce) cream cheese, softened
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 container (8 ounce) Cool Whip, thawed


  1. In a mixing bowl, dissolive JELL-O with boiling water by stirring with a spoon for several minutes. Stir in strawberries. Refrigerate until partially set, about an hour and a half.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine crushed pretzels with sugar. Using a fork, add in melted butter. Press into the bottom of a 13x9-inch baking dish.
  3. Bake crust for 10 minutes. Remove and cool.
  4. In a medium mixing bowl, beat cream cheese with sugar until smooth. Fold in thawed Cool Whip until fully blended. Spread over cooled crust.
  5. Refrigerate crust with filling until gelatin topping is partially set.
  6. Using a spoon, carefully add the gelatin and strawberry mixture over the top of the chilled cheesecake. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight until set.


  • Plan ahead. You'll want to get a head start on making the gelatin so that it's slightly thickened as you add it to the bars.
  • Measure the pretzels before crushing them. This gives you an accurate measurement.
  • Bake and cool crust completely. While the crust is cooling, prepare the filling and topping.
  • Chill before serving. Strawberry Pretzel JELLO is best served cold! I let mine chill for at least 4 hours before slicing and serving.
  • Use fresh sliced strawberries if you don't want to use the JELLO.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 160Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 118mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 1gSugar: 16gProtein: 2g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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