5 from 7 votes
Strawberry Pretzel Salad
Strawberry Pretzel Salad
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
17 mins
Total Time
32 mins
For many Southern households, this amazing dessert has been a tradition at potlucks, barbecues, bridal showers, church luncheons, and Southern holiday tables all throughout the year. The first recipe for Strawberry Pretzel Salad is said to have originated in a 1960s cookbook, called “The Joys of Jell-O™” From there, Strawberry Pretzel Salad took off like a well-oiled machine and became an iconic southern tradition
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: Jello, Jello Salad, Strawberries
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 528 kcal
Author: Heidy McCallum
  • 2 cups Crushed pretzels
  • ¾ cup Unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons Brown sugar
  • 12 ounces Cream cheese, softened
  • 1 ½ tablespoons Pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup Sugar + 1/4 cup reserved
  • 2 cups Heavy cream
  • 12 ounces Strawberry Jello gelatin
  • 2 cups Boiling water
  • 2 cups Ice water
  • 1 quart Fresh ripe strawberries, sliced
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. In a glass bowl combine together the crushed pretzels, unsalted melted butter, and brown sugar. Press the pretzel mixture onto the bottom of a large glass baking dish. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and place on a heat-resistant surface to cool completely.

  2. Using a handheld electric mixer whip together softened cream cheese, vanilla extract, and 2/3 cup sugar. Reserve till needed in a glass bowl. 

  3. Next using a handheld electric mixer whip together 4 tablespoons of sugar and 2 cups heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Fold ONLY 1/2 of the homemade whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture and spread on the cooled pretzel crust. Refrigerate for about 40 minutes. Store the other half of the homemade whipped topping for later use.

  4. Boil 2 cups of water in a saucepan, then add 2 (6-ounce) packages of strawberry Jello, stirring continuously until fully dissolved. Allow the Jello mixture to cool for 5 minutes, then stir in cold ice water. 

  5. Arrange the sliced fresh strawberries over the cream cheese mixture evenly.

  6. At this time slowly pour the Strawberry Jello over the cold strawberries and cream cheese mixture. Place in the refrigerator for 2 plus hours or more to firmly set before serving.

  7. Before serving, add a dollop of reserved homemade whipped topping the top of each slice.