Farmers’ Almanac Strawberry Pretzel Salad
Strawberry Pretzel Salad
For the Crust:
2 cups crushed pretzels (small pretzel rods or mini twists work best)
3 tablespoons brown sugar
3/4 cup butter, melted
For the Filling:
12 ounces cream cheese, softened
12 ounces whipped topping
1 cup sugar
For the Topping:
2 6-ounce packages of strawberry gelatin dessert
2 cups water, boiling
1 pound (16 ounces) strawberries, fresh or frozen
Preheat the oven to 375º F. Prepare crust: Place the pretzels in a resalable bag and crush them with a rolling pin. Make sure to crush the pretzels until they’re fairly fine, but still a little bit chunky. Pour into large bowl. Stir in the brown sugar to coat the pretzels and then pour the melted butter over the top, making sure to mix well.
Press the crust mixture into an ungreased 9×13 baking dish and bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the crust is lightly toasted and firm. Cool completely before adding the filling.
To make the filling: Beat the cream cheese and sugar until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Fold in the whipped topping and spread the mixture over the cooled crust, ensuring to cover the pretzel crust completely to seal out the gelatin layer. Allow cream cheese mixture to chill and set up in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before adding the topping.
As the crust and filling are chilling, chop the strawberries into halves or quarters (unless you’re using pre-sliced frozen strawberries, in which case, you can simply add them directly to the dissolved gelatin. Just be sure they are not in sweetened liquid).
For the Topping: Dissolve the strawberry gelatin in the boiling water. When dissolved, add the strawberries and coat completely in the liquid (note: if using frozen strawberries, reduce boiling water by 1/4 cup). Chill briefly for about 10 minutes until partially set but still runny.
Once the crust and filling are chilled, pour the strawberry topping over the cream cheese mixture and refrigerate until completely set, about 2 hours, or overnight. Slice and serve! Makes 12 servings.
Note: Refrigerate any uneaten portion, however, this recipe does not keep for very long and should be consumed within 24 hours for best flavor.