Monday, July 4, 2011

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Do you ever want something just a little different that will impress your family and guests.  This recipe may not seem like much but the minute they taste it they will be won over.  I happen to think it is pretty too.  It is cool, creamy and has just a little crunch.  So Good! 

This only takes a about 30 minutes to prepare and is set in about 2 hours so you can throw it together at the last minute and have a cool, refreshing and oh so satisfying dessert.

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

2 cups small pretzel, crushed
3/4 cup butter, melted
1 Cup plus 3 T. sugar
2 - 8 oz. blocks cream cheese
8 oz Cool Whip, thawed
1 (6 oz)package strawberry jello
2 cups water, boiling
2 - 10 oz packages frozen strawberries, partially thawed

Preheat oven to 400.  Measure out 2 cups of pretzels, place them in a gallon size zip lock bag, crush pretzels.  Crushing pretzels is made easy by rolling over the bag with a rolling pin or smashing them with the back of a wooden spoon.  Place crushed pretzels in a bowl, add 3 tablespoons of sugar and stir in the melted butter.  Press mixture into the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking pan.  Bake for 8 minutes.  Cool crust in the freezer while mixing the next two layers.

Using a mixer combine the softened cream cheese and 1 cup of sugar until smooth.  Fold in the Cool Whip.  Spread evenly over pretzel crust.

Dissolve jello in the boiling water then add the partially frozen strawberries and stir.  the more frozen your berries the quicker the jello will begin to set up.  Allow to sit for about 5 to 10 minutes until it just begins to thicken.  Pour over cream cheese layer.  Refrigerate until set (about 2 to 3 hours).  Cut into squares and serve. 

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