Friday, April 13, 2012

recipe | strawberry pretzel squares

I got this recipe from a coworker.  She shared it with us a few years ago when we had our Thanksgiving feast at work.  It was actually from her Mom's recipe book, by a Henry & Margaret Rasmussen.  I decided to make this for Easter, and it was a hit.  I've also seen different variations of this, one of them being Paula Deen's, where she adds crushed pineapples.  I may try adding it next time.  It tastes like cheesecake, and is very refreshing on a hot, summer (or spring) day!

Strawberry Pretzel Squares

2 cups pretzels, finely crushed
1/2 cup sugar, divided
2/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
12 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 Tbsp milk
1 cup Cool Whip Topping, thawed
2 cups boiling water
6 oz. package of strawberry gelatin
1 1/2 cup cold water
4 cups fresh strawberries, sliced

Preheat oven at 350ºF.  Mix crushed pretzels, 1/4 cup of sugar and melted butter in a bowl, and press onto the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan.  Bake for 10 minutes and let it cool. 

Beat cream cheese, the rest of the sugar (should be 1/4 cup) and milk in a bowl.  Stir in Cool Whip and spread over the cooled crust.  Refrigerate.

Add boiling water to gelatin mix in a large bowl.  Stir for 2 minutes until completely dissolved.  Stir in cold water.  Refrigerate for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until thickened. 

Stir in strawberries and spoon over cream cheese layer.  Refrigerate for 3 hours or until firm. 

Cut into squares and serve with extra Cool Whip on top if you'd like.  Enjoy!

It's Friday the 13th.  Be careful out there!


  1. Looks so yummy. Definitely gonna try this one!

    1. It's no peach cheesecake, but it was really easy! Let me know if you try it!

  2. This looks like a winner for future little ones!

    1. Hahaha yeah! I can see it getting messy though.


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