This three-layer salad includes a pretzel crust, cream cheese center, and strawberry top.

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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Mix together the pretzels, 4 1/2 tablespoons sugar and melted butter. Press into the bottom of a 9x13 inch pan. Bake for 10 minutes, or until lightly toasted. Set aside to cool completely.

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  • In a medium bowl, beat the sugar and cream cheese until smooth. Fold in whipped topping. Spread evenly over the cooled crust. Refrigerate until set, about 30 minutes.

  • In a medium bowl, stir together the gelatin mix and boiling water. Mix in frozen strawberries, and stir until thawed. Pour over cream cheese mixture in pan. Refrigerate until completely chilled, at least 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts

370.6 calories; 4.2 g protein; 41.2 g carbohydrates; 53.7 mg cholesterol; 327.2 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
01/30/2008
This is always a hit! Tips I live by to make this turn out every time. 1) DON'T bake the pretzel layer any longer than 10 minutes. 2) Double the amount of jello to make it proportional to the amount of cream cheese. 3) Let the jello chill to thicken slightly before spreading on the cream cheese layer. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/05/2006
I gave this 3 stars just on the remote chance that I did something wrong. We thought that this was horrible. The prezel crust was soggy and the jello mixture seeped through the cream cheese mixture and the frozen strawberrys were a big mistake. I just don't understand what could have gone wrong. I followed the recipe to a "T". I will not be making this one again. (Please look at my other reviews I have only given one other negative review) Read More
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  • 3 star values: 54
  • 2 star values: 17
  • 1 star values: 12
Rating: 5 stars
01/30/2008
This is always a hit! Tips I live by to make this turn out every time. 1) DON'T bake the pretzel layer any longer than 10 minutes. 2) Double the amount of jello to make it proportional to the amount of cream cheese. 3) Let the jello chill to thicken slightly before spreading on the cream cheese layer. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/30/2008
This is always a hit! Tips I live by to make this turn out every time. 1) DON'T bake the pretzel layer any longer than 10 minutes. 2) Double the amount of jello to make it proportional to the amount of cream cheese. 3) Let the jello chill to thicken slightly before spreading on the cream cheese layer. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2004
I have made this a few times now with perfect results. I read the reviews prior to making it and found it extremely helpful to do the following: 1) instead of using 2 cups of water, use 1 cup of boiling water to dissolve the package of gelatin, then add 3/4 cup strawberry juice/syrup, and then add the strawberries; and 2)put the gelatin/strawberry mixture in the fridge for about an hour or so to thicken a bit before pouring it overtop of the cream cheese mixture (this is very key for the success of the dessert). I really think these changes helped to enhance the texture and flavor of the gelatin layer. I highly recommend trying this. I have taken it to two dinner parties now and cannot tell you how many compliments I received, my friends were thoroughly impressed. Thanks for the fantastic recipe!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/15/2005
This was really good! I added some vanilla (1/2 tsp) to the cream cheese layer. I also think the crust should be a bit sweeter- I will try it with white and brown sugar next time. As other readers have warned, this crust will turn to CEMENT if you cook it too long. Take it out after 10 minutes even if you don't think it's cooked. It will get hard as it sits! Roll the side of a drinking glass over the crust in the pan- it makes an easy job of pressing it in. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/19/2011
This is definitely a 5 star recipe that has been around for years. If it was not offered during my family's Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday they would protest in rebellion! Only recommendation I would make is to use butter gold pretzels as this enhances the flavor. PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a recipe that keeps for days... it needs to be eaten within the first 48 hours as the pretzel crust breaks down and softens and it just does not do it justice - Hands down to the crunch in this salad, it's a winner. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/06/2003
I have been making this for at least 15 years and everyone fights over it. They want to get their share. My recipe differs a little. It calls for 2 cups pretzels, marg. instead of butter and 3 tsp.( I use heaping tsps.) sug. for crust. For cheese middle it is the same only it calls for 1- 8 oz cream cheese instead of 2. Top layer is 2 small pkgs. jello,water the same,but use 2-10 oz. cartons frozen strawberries. I like Birdseye brand in syrup. If berries are whole, I chop them up. It really needs to chill several hours. This is my most requested jello recipe ever! It really is like a dessert! When I first made it, no one could figure out what the bottom was made of! You really must try. Thanks Tom! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/08/2004
Delicious! This a a great dessert! Two suggestions: 1) do not bake the crust any longer than the 10 minutes called for even if you are adding extra pretzels butter and sugar to the crust. If the butter/sugar mixture gets too hot it will turn to cement and a chisel will be required for removing it from the dish- I found out the hard way and 2) when choosing your strawberries take note of the amount of juice they are sitting in and reduce the two cups of water by that amount. Enjoy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2003
I've made this several times for work potlucks. I would make it the night before and it always turned out beautifully (it's a big hit!). Once I made it during an afternoon for dinner that night and the pretzel crust was much too hard. I think the trick is letting it sit overnight long enough for the crust to soften. It's definitely my favorite! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/10/2007
This was indeed quite good. I made it precisely as the directions say, including all frozen strawberries, juice and a full 2 cups of water, and the jello was perfect. I ONLY baked for 10 minutes as everyone suggested and I did let the jello/strawberries sit for an hour in the frig first. Even then they still seemed to pour onto the cream cheese layer fairly liquidy so I worried that it wouldn't gel but it did set up perfectly. The jello did not seep into the cream cheese. The pretzel crust certainly does get more mushy the longer it's in your frig after making so if you can eat all of this in 1-3 days, that's preferable. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2005
I made this for thanksgiving and it was one of the first dishes to go. The only change I made was I used frozen sliced strawberries (2 tubs) so the strawberry chunks weren't so big. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/05/2006
I gave this 3 stars just on the remote chance that I did something wrong. We thought that this was horrible. The prezel crust was soggy and the jello mixture seeped through the cream cheese mixture and the frozen strawberrys were a big mistake. I just don't understand what could have gone wrong. I followed the recipe to a "T". I will not be making this one again. (Please look at my other reviews I have only given one other negative review) Read More
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