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Pan of strawberry pretzel salad with spatula.

Strawberry Pretzel Salad Recipe

  • Author: Lynette
  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 8 min
  • Total Time: 28 minutes
  • Yield: 16 1x


This salty and sweet make ahead strawberry pretzel salad dessert is the perfect recipe to make for the holidays, potlucks and even a barbecue feast.



  • 2 cups coarsely crush pretzels
  • 1 1/2 sticks butter, melted
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup + 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 8 oz cool whip
  • 1 TB lemon juice
  • 6 oz strawberry jello
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 20 oz frozen strawberries


First Layer

  1.  Mix together the pretzels, melted butter and 3 Tablespoons sugar.
  2. Press into a 9×13 pan.
  3. Bake at 400° F for 8 minutes.
  4. Let cool

Second Layer

  1. Beat 1 Cup sugar and cream cheese together.
  2. Slowly add cool whip and blend well.
  3. Add lemon juice and mix in to second layer.
  4. Spread on topped of pretzels.

Third Layer

  1. Mix together jello, boiling water and frozen strawberries.
  2. Let stand for 10 minutes.
  3. Pour onto second layer.

Refrigerate for at least four hours but longer is better!


I used the sliced frozen strawberries for this recipe as I found them to be easier to work with.

This recipe yields 16 in my opinion because it is such a rich dessert and I only serve smaller slices.