The Best Strawberry Pretzel Salad Recipe

The Best Strawberry Pretzel Salad Recipe

After Matt’s taste test of my strawberry pretzel salad on Instagram Stories last night, my DMs blew up with requests for my recipe.

This is a dish that’s been at parties and BBQs for my entire life and it’s always, always a crowd pleaser.

This dish is very common in Ohio.  If you look it up on Pinterest, there are about a million recipes for it and they’re all pretty much the same. 

I just have two things that make my recipe different:

  • Sugar in the crust.  Most recipes call for less sugar in the pretzel crust…  DON’T DO IT!  This crust is true perfection.  Honestly, I will double my crust ingredients next time I make this dish in order to make the crust thicker.
  • Cream cheese filling.  Nothing different in the ingredients, just make sure that the pretzel crust is fully covered by the cream cheese filling, edge to edge.  If the Jell-O makes it down to the pretzel layer, it will make the crust soggy and that destroys the crust.  The cream cheese filling is a barrier, so make sure it’s doing it’s job!

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Pretzel Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups pretzels ((crushed))
  • 3/4 cup butter ((melted))
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

Cream Cheese Filling

  • 2 8 oz. packages cream cheese ((softened))
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 8 oz tub Cool Whip

Strawberry Topping

  • 1 6 oz strawberry Jell-O
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 16 oz frozen strawberries ((sliced))
  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Combine pretzels, sugar and melted butter. Press into the bottom of a 9×13 pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Set aside to cool completely.
  2. Beat sugar and cream cheese with mixer until a smooth and creamy consistency. Mix in Cool Whip until fully combined. Spread over cooled pretzel crust. Cover crust with cream cheese mixture edge to edge, leaving no open spots (if Jell-O topping mixes with pretzels, the crust will end up soggy.) Refrigerate for 30-60 minutes.
  3. Mix Jell-O and boiling water. Stir in frozen strawberries. Continue to stir until strawberries are thawed. Pour over cream cheese mixture (after refrigeration!) and refrigerate for another 2+ hours, until topping is set.


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  • Melinda wise

    This looks delicious. Going to have to give it a try.

  • Thank you! My kids are going to love this!

  • Thank you for sharing the recipe. I’m going to the grocery store tomorrow to buy ingredients.

  • Mindy Diegel

    My momma has been making this for most of my life, but I have only started likeing it in recent years.

  • Steffany

    I’m so glad you posted this!! Can’t wait to try.

  • That looks so good! I’ll have to try it!

  • Erin Core

    This dish looks so delicious! This would be an awesome dessert to make for Thanksgiving. Anytime of the year really. Seems really easy to make too.

  • We make this around the holidays as well, but we use raspberries instead of strawberries! Delish!

  • This is interesting. I’ve never heard of it. I will definitely have to try it!

  • Emmalee Styles

    Haha! I love that this is called a salad!!! Here in Australia we’d call this a slice but salad sounds so much healthier! ?

    • Angela Lanter

      HAHA! I have no idea why it’s called a salad. So crazy!

  • I remember this on the stories and it sounded and looked delicious and I’ve never heard of it before but I want to see how it taste so gonna be trying this!

  • Def gonna try this one. Looks so good. if I remember correctly, Matt loved it right?

  • I ate this growing up, but I’ve never made it. I just might have to now!
    Oh, and in case you didn’t know: if you make a jell-o poke cake (Bake and cool a boxed white cake. Poke holes in it with the handle of a wooden spoon. Poor over prepared jello-o -not fully set-, and refrigerate.), the cream cheese/Cool Whip mixture in this pretzel salad recipe is the perfect frosting! Just decorate the top of the frosted poke cake with whatever fruit coordinates with the jell-o you put inside. (We usually do orange, and decorate with canned mandarin oranges.) ?

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