Strawberry Pretzel Dessert
One of my coworkers brings a yummy strawberry pretzel dessert to the teachers’ lounge for potlucks and at other times just because she’s awesome like that. For a while, I have been thinking I wanted to make it at home. I decided it would be a fun dessert to make with Scooter Britches for this month’s Kids’ Kitchen post.
First, I preheated the oven to 375 degrees. Next, we got started on the pretzel crust with SB crushing up the pretzels in a large Ziploc bag. This was one of the favorite parts of our cooking session for this little princess.
There was no convincing her to take off the princess dress.
We added the pretzels to some melted butter and white sugar before spreading the crust into a greased baking pan. I baked the crust for about 10 minutes and then let the pan cool on the stove.
Next, in our mixing bowl, we blended 3/4 cup of white sugar with one block of softened cream cheese. Once that was creamed, we added the tub of Cool Whip. We spread the cream cheese layer over the cooled crust. We had to be careful because it was fairly easy to disturb the crust during this step.
Since the next step involved boiling water, I sent SB to watch her show for just a few minutes. I boiled two cups of hot water and then mixed in the strawberry gelatin until it was completely dissolved. Once the gelatin had cooled, I called SB back in to help add in the frozen strawberries. Normally, I would use fresh strawberries, but I forgot to have The Hubs pick some up at the store. Luckily, we had two bags of frozen strawberries which worked fine, but I definitely would prefer the stronger taste of fresh berries.
Since Little One is only 18 months old, it is often somewhat of a pain to let her join in the cooking adventures because taking turns and waiting patiently are not her strong suits. However, she is obsessed with climbing the stool that SB stands on for helping in the kitchen, and she pretty much pushed her way into our cooking session after her nap. And how could I turn away such a cute little helper?
We added the layer of strawberries and Jello to the top of the dessert. The finished strawberry pretzel dessert chilled in the fridge for several hours before we sliced into it.
- For Pretzel Crust
- 2 cups pretzels, crushed
- 3 tbsp white sugar
- 3/4 cup butter, melted
- For Cream Cheese Layer
- 1 tub of Cool Whip, thawed
- 1 block of cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup of white sugar
- For Strawberry Layer
- 10 ounces of frozen strawberries or 2 cups of fresh strawberries, sliced
- 1 3 oz box of strawberry Jello
- 2 cups boiling water
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Melt the butter.
- Crush the pretzels.
- In a medium bowl, mix the butter, the pretzels, and the white sugar.
- Press into a greased 9x13 inch baking pan.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes.
- Remove pan from oven and allow the pretzel crust to cool.
- In a mixing bowl, mix the cream cheese and sugar until creamy. Gently add in the Cool Whip.
- Spread filling over pretzel crust, very gently.
- In another bowl, mix the gelatin with the boiling water until the gelatin is dissolved.
- Let the gelatin cool for about 10 minutes.
- Mix the frozen or fresh strawberries into the Jello until the mixture thickens.
- Gently pour over the cream cheese filling.
- Refrigerate for several hours before serving.
This strawberry pretzel dessert is sometimes called a strawberry pretzel salad. Whatever you call it, it is so delicious! The cool layers and berry topping make it a perfect dish for a summer potluck or get together.
Check out the other recipes in this month’s Kids’ Kitchen blog hop:
Kids’ Kitchen: Strawberry Tarts | Sugar, Spice & Glitter
Forest Berries | Royal Little Lambs
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