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.

Ingredients:

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

Preparation:

  • 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?