The following recipe makes 24 individual servings in 8 oz glass jars. Alternatively, you could make this in 2 9x13 in Pyrex dishes.
Strawberry Pretzel Salad
You will need 24 8oz. oven-safe jars. I used the ones made by Kerr and found them for pretty inexpensive at my local Fred Meyer/Kroger in the canning section.
- 3 cups crushed pretzel crumbs
- 20 oz. (2 1/2 sticks) butter, melted
- 1/2 cup sugar
Crush pretzels to make crumbs. Don't make them too fine, you want the crumbs to be coarse. Melt butter. In a medium bowl, combine pretzel crumbs, butter and sugar using a fork. Distribute pretzel layer among the oven-safe jars - about one and half heaping tablespoons per jar. Use the bottom of a glass to press the pretzel layer down and make it firm - but not so firm that it will be impossible to eat. Place on a cookie sheet and then on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 6 minutes. Set aside to cool completely before adding the cream layer.
- 1 8 oz. package of cream cheese
- 16 oz. container of whipped topping (like Cool Whip)
- 1 cup sugar
Refrigerate for 1 hour.
Strawberry Jello Layer
- 2 lbs frozen sliced strawberries*
- 4 cups boiling water
- 2 6 oz. pacakges strawberry gelatin mixture
Boil the water. Use a whisk to combine the gelatin powder, stirring quickly until it is all dissolved. Add the frozen strawberries and stir to incorporate. Place in the fridge for about 5 minutes to allow it to set up slightly.
Spoon the jello mixture onto the cooled crust and cream layers. Refrigerate for at least an hour to overnight. Serve chilled.
*I later made this recipe using frozen mixed berries instead of just strawberries, and it was really, really good.
Everyone at the party really enjoyed these. They were easy to eat and incredibly tasty. Olivia went a little crazy for them. See?here. If you don't want to make 24, check that link for a 12-serving recipe. The fun thing about making these in individual dishes is that they make great left overs you could grab on your way to work, or, if you were willing to part with your jars, they would make excellent favors. They also become pretty kid friendly if you serve just the jello layer to young ones.
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