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This easy strawberry pretzel dessert recipe is great for parties and perfect for the summer. It’s light but also sweet, salty, and indulgent!

Making a sweet treat doesn’t have to be hard. This recipe has a few layers but they’re all simple to make and it comes together perfectly. This is a family favorite in our house. The pretzels give it a crunch and some salty flavors to offset the sweetness of the other layers.

If you like simple desserts that you can make anytime, this one for strawberry pretzel dessert is one you’ll want to add to your recipe box.

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If you’ve never had a Jello pretzel salad you are missing out! This layered dessert is a classic in our family. We love to make this one for parties and especially summer/fall gatherings. It’s sweet and salty and indulgent but it’s also lighter than a lot of other desserts in terms of texture and feeling.

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If you don’t think you’ll be in the mood for a cake or pie this is a fun alternative. Strawberry pretzel dessert is easy to make and you can swap out the strawberry jello for whatever flavor you like! We have always done it with strawberry but you could easily substitute in another flavor and then just match up the fruit to whatever one you choose!

A close up view of the strawberry pretzel dessert ready to eat.

Here’s what you’ll need to make this strawberry Jello layer dessert:

This recipe is made in layers. There are so many tasty flavors and textures to this dessert that it will have everyone coming back for more! If you want to make some for yourself here’s what you’ll need to grab at the store!

For the base you will need pretzels, butter, and sugar. For the filling we will use whipped topping, cream cheese, and sugar. For the topping you will need strawberry Jello, water, and some sliced strawberries and sugar! That’s it, honestly there’s not a lot of complicated ingredients (who has the time for that) and everything comes together easily to create a really pretty but also delectable dessert.

ingredients needed to make strawberry pretzel dessert.

Remember, the full amounts and ingredients lists are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post!

A top down look at a slice of the finished strawberry pretzel dessert ready to eat.

How to make strawberry pretzel dessert:

Let’s dive right in! This recipe is really simple but we will have to make it in layers so you’ll want to prep the layers and let them cool between each one.

A slice of strawberry pretzel dessert ready to eat.

The only part of this recipe that we’ll be baking is the crust or pretzel layer. we need to bake it to make it into a caramelized sort of crust. If you want no bake recipes that are similar you might want to check out No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake, Easy No Bake Eclair Cake, or even Easy No Bake Peanut Butter Dessert!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees 

In a bowl combine pretzels, butter, and sugar then press into a 13×9 pan

crust ingredients being mixed.

Bake for about 10 minutes, cool on wire rack 

baked crust ready to be chilled.

Beat whipped topping, cream cheese, and sugar together until smooth

filling layer whipped and ready to be spread over the crust.

Spread over cooled pretzel base 

Crust being topped with filling.

Cool in refrigerator for about 30 minutes 

Chilled layers ready for the jello layer.

Dissolve the gelatin in boiling water then add strawberries 

Jello being made

Chill until partially set, about 20-30 minutes 

partially set jello ready to be added to the layers.

Spoon over the filling 

Ready to be chilled with jello layer added.

Chill 4-6 hour until fully set

Fully set dessert ready to be chilled and enjoyed.

Cut into bars or scoop out, garnish with additional whipped topping and pretzel pieces, and enjoy!  

Finished strawberry pretzel dessert ready to be enjoyed.

Kitchen essentials for tasty recipes like this strawberry Jello pretzel salad:

When you head into the kitchen to make some of these great recipes (like strawberry pretzel dessert) you’ll want to have the best tools on hand. We’ll be using a casserole style baking dish for this recipe and here are some of my other favorite kitchen tools for baking!

I like half sheet baking pans that are quality (hello no noisy pops or sloshed cookie dough from twisting), I line my cookie sheets with silicone baking mats. These are a must when doing cake mix recipes which can settle and become thin at lot easier than traditional cookie dough. 

Of course mixing bowls, a mixerspatula, and some whisks should be on your list if you don’t have ones that you love. I also like to have a set of cooling racks so that my recipes can properly cool before they’re scarfed down by my family!

Another look at the finished dessert ready to be enjoyed.

Looking for more delicious recipes to try?

If you are looking for some other tasty recipes to try you’ll want to check out these other posts. There’s something for everyone and always something new for you to try!

pretzel dessert finished and ready to eat.

When it comes to easy recipes we’re all about it. Who wants to spend a ton of time in the kitchen at the end of an already long and tiring day?! No one! Check out some of our favorite easy recipes below:

Printable Strawberry Pretzel Dessert Recipe:

Yield: 12 Servings

Strawberry Pretzel Dessert

Featured image showing the finished strawberry pretzel dessert ready to eat.

This easy strawberry pretzel dessert recipe is great for parties and perfect for the summer. It's light but also sweet, salty, and indulgent!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Chill Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • Base:
  • 2 cups pretzels, crushed
  • ¾ cup butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • Filling:
  • 2 cups whipped topping
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Topping:
  • 2 packages strawberry jello
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 32 oz frozen sliced strawberries w/ sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a bowl combine pretzels, butter, and sugar then press into a 13x9 pan
  3. Bake for about 10 minutes, cool on wire rack
  4. Beat whipped topping, cream cheese, and sugar together until smooth
  5. Spread over cooled pretzel base
  6. Cool in refrigerator for about 30 minutes
  7. Dissolve the gelatin in boiling water then add strawberries
  8. Chill until partially set, about 20-30 minutes
  9. Spoon over the filling
  10. Chill 4-6 hour until fully set
  11. Cut into bars or scoop out, garnish with additional whipped topping and pretzel pieces, and enjoy!

Featured image showing the finished strawberry frosting ready to eat.
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