Strawberry Pretzel Dessert

This Strawberry Pretzel Dessert just begging you to make it for your next summer picnic or bbq to serve.
This Strawberry Pretzel Dessert just begging you to make it for your next summer picnic or bbq to serve.

Strawberry season is in full swing!!!! Ok maybe I’m almost a little bit late since it is already mid-May but either way now is the time to take advantage of all those fresh, juicy, sweet strawberries that are on sale.
The other day I picked up a big container full of strawberries, three pounds to be exact ! At bargain price – how could I resist.
“Was it a need”?…..and just as important….Will i (ever) use them entirely ?  – quite a gamble.

Immediately I started thinking about ways to use them. We ate our fair share of fresh strawberries, made a quick strawberry muffins, froze some for smoothies and now it’s fresh strawberry pretzel dessert time!!
My favorite summer flavor combination has to be strawberries and pretzels. There’s something so special about this sweet and salty dessert, one layer looks and sounds better than the next. Sweet and salty pretzel layer, cream cheese, fresh strawberries and Strawberry JELL-O will satisfy all your cravings for sweets.

This Strawberry Pretzel Dessert just begging you to make it for your next summer picnic or bbq to serve.

So, if you are big into sweet and salty desserts, you will not be able to stop eating this Strawberry Pretzel Dessert, because there’s “that” moment of silence where you put your spoon in and the world just stops because what you’re putting in your mouth is so amazing.

Strawberry Pretzel Dessert

Prep Time: 4 hours, 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours, 30 minutes

Yield: 16-20


  • Crust:
  • 2 cups crushed pretzels
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • Filling:
  • 8 ounce cream cheese,softened
  • 8 ounce whipped topping
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • Topping:
  • 3 ounce strawberry flavored Jell-O
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 10 ounce fresh strawberries


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix together the pretzels, sugar and melted butter.
  3. Press into the bottom of a 9 x13 inch pan.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes, or until pretzel layer is lightly toasted. Set aside to cool completely.
  5. In a medium bowl, beat the sugar and cream cheese until smooth.
  6. Fold in whipped topping, and mix well to combine.
  7. Spread evenly over the cooled pretzel layer.
  8. Refrigerate until set, about 30 minutes.
  9. In a medium bowl, stir together the strawberry gelatin mixture and boiling water.
  10. Mix in strawberries and refrigerate for 5 minutes.
  11. Pour over the cooled cream cheese layer.
  12. Refrigerate until completely chilled, at least 1 hour.

This Strawberry Pretzel Dessert just begging you to make it for your next summer picnic or bbq to serve.

Strawberry Pretzel Dessert just begging you to make it for your next summer picnic or bbq to serve.

About Sarah Kozowski

Hi! Welcome to my blog! I’m Sarah– I do part-time job at a kindergarten and in my free time i love to cook, take photos and go jogging. I'm recipe developer, photographer, writer, and taste tester behind this blog. I develop my recipes and photos through good old fashioned trial and error, some days I have more success than others, as you can judge by the photos here. Grab a cup of coffee (or beverage of your choice) and stay with me awhile, poke through recipes, pick your favourite and reach out to me if you have any questions!

42 thoughts on “Strawberry Pretzel Dessert

  1. Hello Gorgeous! This looks incredible! Thank you so much for sharing it with us. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm, so we can party with you! Lou Lou Girls

    1. Made this last week & we gobbled it up. Just finished making 2 of them tonight for work. They’re going to love it.

  2. I made this for a church cookout and it was so delicious that I had only one piece left over. I will make this again. A real winner.

  3. I make this a lot but use raspberry jello and frozen raspberries. I’ll have to try it with the strawberries!

  4. someone in my family is dairy free, so no cream cheese, which is tough for me because it’s delicious in desserts. do you think this would work well if i subbed coconut whipped cream? otherwise ill look into dairy free CC.

  5. I was wondering if there was a way to make this “red, white, and blue” for the 4th? Any suggestions for how to do the “blue” part on top of the pretzels?

  6. Sometimes recipes by bloggers are not exactly accurate, but this one did not disappoint. Great dessert, looked and tasted just like the photos!

          1. Today is my first time ever making this recipe. Praying it turns out. Because I am not a good cook.

  7. Is there a secret to getting the jello to set on top? Mine soaked through all of the layers, resulting in a delicious but soggy pretzel crust.

    1. I have had this happen if I didn’t let the cream cheese layer set long enough, or if I didn’t spread the cream cheese layer all the way to the dish and ‘seal’ off the pretzel layer.

    2. YES! There is a way to prevent the jello layer from soaking thru. When you add the cream cheese layer, make sure you spread it all the way around the pan, forming a seal. When you do this it creates a base for the jello, so it doesn’t leak through.

  8. Can i make this the night before or does it need to be the day of? I have had this before and love it. Just remember the crust can get soggy.

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