Potluck Dishes and Party Tricks: Strawberry Pretzel Dessert

What is this? Jello? A no-bake cheesecake?

I don’t know, which is probably why it’s called “strawberry pretzel dessert” rather than something more specific.

Is it a Southern delicacy? A Lutheran potluck staple? A summer camp favorite? The myths abound.


  • 3 c. crushed pretzels
  • 1 /4 c. sugar
  • 3/4 c. butter, melted
  • 1 8 oz. bar cream cheese, softened
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 8 oz. Cool Whip, thawed
  • 2 16 oz. containers of frozen, sweetened strawberries
  • 2 3 oz. packets of strawberry Jello
  • 2 c. boiling water



  • Mix 3 c. crushed pretzels (spring for the Snyder’s of Hanover Butter Snaps), 1/4 c. sugar, and 3/4 c. butter, melted. Spread into a greased 9×13 pan. Bake at 350 8-10 mins. Cool.

Cream Cheese Layer:

  • Mix 1 bar of softened cream cheese and 1 cup sugar well. Fold in 8 oz. Cool Whip. Chill.

Strawberry layer:

  • Add 2 c. boiling water to Jello; stir for 3 minutes. Add frozen strawberries and stir until thawed. Spread over cream cheese layer. Chill for 6 hours.



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