Strawberry Pretzel Dessert
This dessert right here is the reason Preston married me.
Ingredients: 16 oz frozen, sweetened strawberries, 2 – 8 oz bricks of cream cheese, 1 stick butter, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 cup sugar (it’s used twice), 2-3 cups pretzels, 1 container of whipped cream, 2 pkg strawberry jello
Dump 2-3 cups of pretzels into food processor.
Turn it on and pulse, pulse, pulse.
It should look like this when you’re done. If it doesn’t, keep pulsing.
Melt one stick of butter in microwave.
Better spray the bottom of 9×13 glass dish now, or you’ll forget!
Butter is now melted (took mine a little under one minute).
Pour 1/2 cup sugar into crushed pretzels. Then add melted butter and mix with spoon until well blended (apparently this was too messy for me, I didn’t take a picture).
Dump into greased glass dish.
Spread out with back of spoon.
Bake in preheated 350º oven for 8-10 minutes. You must let this cool completely before doing any more steps. I actually made my crust up the night before.
Pour 2 cups of water into microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high until boils, this usually takes about 3-4 minutes.
Pour in first packet of strawberry jello.
Pour in second packet of strawberry jello.
Stir, stir, stir.
Pour in thawed strawberries. I didn’t do such a good job with the thawed part… That was the first of my jello problems, and I hate to admit I’ve made this recipe MILLIONS of times.
Attempt to break up the frozen chunk of strawberries. Splatter jello EVERYWHERE!
Whew, finally got the strawberries thawed. Now let this set up a little bit. But be careful not to let it set up too far. You don’t want this to be too set. It should just start to thicken up before you pour it on.
Pour 1 cup of sugar in bowl.
Add 2 bricks of cream cheese. Softened cream cheese tends to work best.
Should start to look like this.
Mix whipped cream with cream cheese mixture.
Pour on top of cooled pretzel crust. This is why the pretzels can’t be even the tiniest bit warm, or this layer will melt. Yuck!
Spread out cream cheese mixture. Maybe have a tiny taste.
Keep spreading until it looks just right, or until you get a little more on your fingers to lick off.
The first two layers should look like this.
Here’s another view of the two layers.
When the jello has thickened slightly dump it over the cream cheese. This is actually the first time I’ve let this jello set too long. See how congealed it is already. Oops. It should be a little runnier than this so it will just slide right over the cream cheese.
Looks so tasty, Preston won’t even care the jello set up too long. It all tastes the same to him.