Strawberry Pretzel Salad

The classic Strawberry Pretzel "Salad" - a crushed pretzel crust, sweetened cream cheese filling and a strawberry Jello topping with fresh strawberries.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep 20 minutes
Cook 10 minutes
Resting time 3 hours
Total 30 minutes
Servings 12 to 16 servings
Calories 390 kcal
Author Michelle


For the Crust:

  • 2 cups finely crushed pretzels
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup salted butter, melted

For the Filling:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 8 ounces Cool Whip

For the Strawberry Topping:

  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 6 ounce package Strawberry Jell-O
  • cups cold water
  • 4 cups sliced strawberries
US Customary - Metric


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a medium bowl, stir together the pretzel crumbs and sugar. Pour the melted butter over top and stir with a fork until all of the crumbs are evenly moistened. Press into the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking pan. Bake for 10 min, then cool completely.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold in the Cool Whip. Spread evenly over the crust and refrigerate while you prepare the topping.
  3. Place the dry Jello in a large bowl and add the boiling water. Stir for at least 2 minutes, until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Stir in the cold water. Refrigerate for 1½ hours or until slightly thickened (will the consistency of egg whites). Stir in the strawberries and pour over the cream cheese layer. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours, or until the Jello layer is set. Cut into squares to serve. Leftovers should be stored, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional values are based on one serving

Nutrition Facts
Strawberry Pretzel Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 390 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 54mg 18%
Sodium 414mg 17%
Potassium 141mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 52g 17%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 38g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 12.9%
Vitamin C 34.2%
Calcium 5.5%
Iron 5.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.