Pretzel Salad

I never had pretzel salad until I met my husband. I hadn’t even heard of it. I’m not a pretzel or jello fan, so my first instinct was to pass on it. However after trying it, I discovered it’s a pretty good dessert.

Like many things, he kept forgetting to ask for the recipe and we moved away. Since it was awhile since he last had it, he made a special request while we had help around the house during the first few week of our daughter’s birth (perk of being a new parent). It was quite good – plenty of flavor and textures to it.

This time he now has the recipe for this sweet and salty treat so he can enjoy anytime he wants.


pretzel salad recipe
Variation with strawberries instead of jello and pineapples.
  • 2 cups crushed pretzels
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  •  1 (8 ounce) package whipped cream cheese
  • 1  1/4 cups white sugar
  • 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping
  •  2 (3 ounce) packages lemon flavored gelatin
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 can of crushed pineapple


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  • Stir together crushed pretzels, melted butter and 3 tablespoons sugar; mix well and press mixture into the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  • Bake 8 to 10 minutes, until set. Set aside to cool.
  • In a large mixing bowl cream together cream cheese and 1 cup sugar. Fold in whipped topping. Spread mixture onto cooled crust.
  • Dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Stir in still frozen strawberries and allow to set briefly.
  • When mixture is about the consistency of egg whites, pour and spread over cream cheese layer.
  • Refrigerate until set.

Thoughts on Pretzel Salad

Have you ever made it? I was wrong about this treat, I’m curious if anyone else had a similar experience. What dessert surprised you by how good it was?What family dessert do you enjoy?