Strawberry Pretzel Salad

My grandmother always made this whipped strawberry jello and cool whip salad for special occasions. For many growing up, the salad was the classic Strawberry Pretzel Salad. When I saw this version I thought it was so cute I wanted to give it a try.

It is salty, sweet, creamy, and refreshing all in one bite. Served in little jars it makes this a great dish to bring to picnics or the beach. I am thinking of making a trip to the Hollywood Bowl just so I can bring these along.

strawberry pretzel mortar

This is my favorite tool for forming the crusts. I also use it to form mini pies in mini muffin tins.

strawberry pretzel filling

This little funnel is also a handy tool in the kitchen. You can fill the jars without a mess. I used mascarpone cheese but you could easily substitute cream cheese. You can easily lighten this dish by making it with light butter spread, sugar-free Jello, and reduced-fat cream cheese.

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strawberry pretzel salad

Strawberry Pretzel Salad adapted from My Baking Addiction

  • Author: Cheri
  • Total Time: 27 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


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  • 1 1/2 cups salted pretzels (crushed)
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 10 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 16 ounces cream cheese
  • 8 ounce package Cool Whipped topping (thawed)
  • 6 ounce strawberry flavored gelatin
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 16 ounces sliced strawberries


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine the pretzel crumbs, 4 tablespoons sugar and melted butter in a mixing bowl. Stir with a fork until the butter is fully incorporated into the pretzel crumbs.
  3. Spoon 2 heaping tablespoons of pretzel crust into the bottom of each of your jars. Press the crumbs gently into the bottom of the jars.
  4. Place the jars onto a baking sheet. Bake for about 6 minutes. Allow the jars and crust to cool completely before layering in the filling.
  5. Beat the sugar, cream cheese and vanilla in a bowl until smooth. Fold in whipped topping. Spoon filling into a piping bag with a round tip or simply snip the tip of the bag. Divide the filling between each jar. Place the jars into the refrigerator for about 1 hour.
  6. Stir together the gelatin mix and boiling water in a medium size bowl. Stir in strawberries. Place the bowl into the refrigerator for about ten minutes. This will allow the gelatin to firm up a bit. Evenly spoon the gelatin between each the jars. Place jars back into the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Serve chilled. Top with Cool Whip and fresh strawberries.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Category: Cake
  • Cuisine: American

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