Strawberry Pretzel Squares

strawberry pretzel squares

This past Thanksgiving was the very first time I cooked the entire Thanksgiving meal myself. I was so afraid I would ruin something, but I was pleasantly surprised with how it all turned out- turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing… it was all delicious. If I had to pick a favorite dish that adorned our dining table that day, it would be this- Strawberry Pretzel Squares. These are delightful! I got this recipe from a friend who makes a mean Raspberry version, but I decided to see how it would taste using strawberries and I am so glad I did- it is DELICIOUS! I’m a big Strawberry fan, and this recipe is a keeper!


  • 2 cups  finely crushed pretzels
  • 1/2 cup  sugar, divided
  • 2/3 cup  butter, melted
  • 1-1/2 pkg.  (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 Tbsp.  milk
  • 1 cup  cool whip, thawed
  • 2 cups  boiling water
  • 1 pkg.  (6 oz.) JELL-O Strawberry Flavor Gelatin
  • 1-1/2 cups  cold water
  • 4 cups  fresh strawberries, sliced


    1. Heat oven to 350°F.
    2. Mix pretzel crumbs, 1/4 cup sugar and butter; press onto bottom of 13×9-inch pan. Bake 10 min. Cool.
    3. Beat cream cheese, remaining sugar and milk until blended. Stir in Cool Whip; spread over crust. Refrigerate.
    4. Add boiling water to gelatin mix in large bowl; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved. Stir in cold water. Refrigerate 1-1/2 hours or until thickened.
    5. Stir berries into gelatin; spoon over cream cheese layer. Refrigerate 3 hours or until firm.


strawberry pretzel squares recipe

And Ps. I may have had the leftovers of this for breakfast and lunch the next day. It was that good. Please note, I am not responsible for any thickening of waistlines this holiday season. Please eat at your own risk!

This recipe originally published on Somewhat Simple in November 2012

Wife, mom of 5, and creator of Somewhat Simple, Stephanie has a passion to create and inspire. She is an Orange County transplant who is now enjoying life in Phoenix, AZ. She enjoys traveling, shopping, organizing, cooking and creating simple projects for her home and family.
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  1. says

    Yum! This sounds completely delicious. My mother-in-law makes a Jell-O casserole that has pretty much the same ingredients as this only it isn’t in bar form. I’m going to have to make these for her! Thanks so much for sharing — have a great weekend!

  2. says

    Yum, my mom made a dessert just like this when I was a kid and we called it strawberry pretzel dessert. I haven’t had it for years. I’m totally a fan of pretzels in dessert though….may have to let my kids try and see if they like it as much as I did. Thanks for the recipe!