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Strawberry Pretzel Salad - Bakerette

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Who watched the Super Bowl?

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What were your favorite ads? I had a couple of favorites: the M&M’s “Love Ballad” and the Audi “Prom” were pretty funny. Although the kid didn’t come out a winner, it’s something we can all relate to. Doritos usually has off-the-wall humor that makes me laugh and their “Goat 4 Sale” didn’t disappoint. What about the Hyundai “Team” commercial? The Tide commercial really made me laugh. I’d have to give it an A+. Those are just a few of my favorites that made me laugh.

But we all know that the Super Bowl really isn’t about football, but it’s about the food, right?! Or are we the only family that thinks that? Our home didn’t skimp on the food this year either. Oh my, I am STUFFED! We filled our bellies with chips and queso, sticky wings, guacamole, meatball subs, chocolate cake, fruit, vegetables, and I don’t remember what else. Just know that I rolled into bed last night.

Now that football has ended, what’s next? Walking Dead, that’s what! It’s coming up soon–Feb 10th! I love that show. It’s gory as heck. I mean really gory. I think I close my eyes through 3/4 of the show! But the story line is what’s addicting! Zombie city! I can’t wait to go to work on Mondays to “process” the show with a couple of guys at work.

Speaking of love (yes, I was talking about love–loving zombies), I’m in love with this Strawberry Pretzel Salad. Crushed pretzels mixed with pecans, sugar, and butter to form the crust of this delicious and light-tasting dish. It’s layered with a cream cheese center, followed by strawberry gelatin and whipped topping. Don’t you love the heart-shaped strawberry garnishing the salad? I thought you might like it and I thought it added a nice touch to kick us into the Valentine season.

I heart Strawberry Pretzel Salad.

Prep time: 15 mins + 1 hour 45 minutes to set
Cook time: 15 mins
Yields: 15 slices

Ingredients

  • 2 cups pretzels, crushed
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup crushed pecans, divided
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 8 ounces whipped topping
  • 6 ounces strawberry flavored gelatin
  • 1 1/2 cups water, boiled
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) fresh strawberries, chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together the crushed pretzels, melted butter, sugar, and 1/4 cup crushed pecans. Press into the bottom of a greased 9 x 13-inch pan and bake for 15 minutes. Remove and set aside to cool.
  3. Make gelatin by boiling 1 1/2 cups water and pouring into a small mixing bowl. Add the gelatin and stir until dissolved. Add one cup of ice cubes and mix until ice is melted. Stir in chopped strawberries. Place in the refrigerator for 30-45 minutes until partially set.
  4. In a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, beat together the cream cheese, vanilla, and powdered sugar until fluffy. Fold in the whipped topping.
  5. Spread the whipped cream mixture evenly over the cooled pretzel crust. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup crushed pecans.
  6. Spread the partially set strawberry gelatin over the top of the whipped cream mixture. Cover and place in the refrigerator to set for approximately 1 hour or until set.
  7. Garnish with whipped topping, pecans, and sliced strawberries (optional).

 

Strawberry Pretzel Salad
 
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Recipe type: Dessert, Salad
Cuisine: American
Serves: 15
Ingredients
  • 2 cups pretzels, crushed
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup crushed pecans, divided
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 8 ounces whipped topping
  • 6 ounces strawberry flavored gelatin
  • 1 1/2 cups water, boiled
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) fresh strawberries, chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together the crushed pretzels, melted butter, sugar, and 1/4 cup crushed pecans. Press into the bottom of a greased 9 x 13-inch pan and bake for 15 minutes. Remove and set aside to cool.
  3. Make gelatin by boiling 1 1/2 cups water and pouring into a small mixing bowl. Add the gelatin and stir until dissolved. Add one cup of ice cubes and mix until ice is melted. Stir in chopped strawberries. Place in the refrigerator for 30-45 minutes until partially set.
  4. In a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, beat together the cream cheese, vanilla, and powdered sugar until fluffy. Fold in the whipped topping.
  5. Spread the whipped cream mixture evenly over the cooled pretzel crust. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup crushed pecans.
  6. Spread the partially set strawberry gelatin over the top of the whipped cream mixture. Cover and place in the refrigerator to set for approximately 1 hour or until set.
  7. Garnish with whipped topping, pecans, and sliced strawberries (optional).

About Jen

Jen is owner, author, and creative mind behind Bakerette. Jen eats a vegan diet and recently converted Bakerette to a plant-based website that offers a smattering of healthful recipes! Jen is author of the cookbook Festive Feasts: Meals and Memories from Halloween to Christmas, which can be purchased online at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Comments

  1. I love this dessert…or salad! lol. It’s a favorite of mine. :)

    • I agree Tiffany! And it is more like a dessert even though they call it a salad. But, hey, whatever way I can get my “dessert” in, I’ll be glad to call it a salad. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. One of our all time family favorites. I could eat this stuff for breakfast!

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