Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Tasty Tuesday: Strawberry Pretzel Delight

When summertime rolled around as I was growing up, there was one dessert we could always count on my mom (we call her "Mimi" now) making. Because she is of the "it's not really dessert unless it has chocolate in it so don't give me any of that fruity junk" school of thought, I am surprised she ventured into the realm of strawberries, pretzels, and Cool Whip...but I am so glad she did! My sister, ever the *smart one*, kept telling me how great it was.

I always turned my nose up at this dish. In all honesty, it looks pretty gross; and it doesn't seem like the ingredients would go together. But I swear to you, when created correctly, it will make your taste buds sing for joy. My friend L can attest to that! She is the only one of my friends who has made this dish before. When I finally came to my senses and gave Mimi's dessert a try, I couldn't believe I'd missed out on so many summers of deliciousness. Mimi calls it "Strawberry Pretzel Salad", but I don't think the name does it justice. I shall refer to it as:

Strawberry Pretzel Delight

Ingredients for crust:
2 cups crushed pretzels
4 T. sugar
3/4 cup butter

~Melt butter and add sugar. Blend and then pour over crushed pretzels. Stir to coat, then press into greased 9x13 pan. Bake for 6 minutes at 400 degrees F. Set aside to cool.

Ingredients for Filling:
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1 Large Cool-Whip
1 Large Strawberry Jell-O
2 cups boiling water
20 oz. frozen strawberries

~ Mix cream cheese, sugar, and Cool Whip. Pour over crust and spread. Dissolve Jell-O in boiling water and add the frozen strawberries. Chill til almost frozen and then pour over the cream cheese filling. Refrigerate. (You want it to be pretty firm, otherwise it gets runny and that's just plain icky!)

This recipe would be a fabulous addition to a cook-out or get-together with friends. Our friends all seem to go on vacation during the summer, or maybe they are part of a magical, exclusive barbecue club that we're not aware of. Since T takes off work once every 15 years, we are home a lot during the summer. A lot. Maybe I'll just have to find an excuse to make it. It will be delightful! Now I can be the *smart one* too. (wink)

Check out some other Tasty Tuesday recipes over at Jen's Balancing Beauty and Bedlam blog today.

{Bon Appetit!}

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  1. This is a family favorite! I agree with you that it seems like the ingredients wouldn't go together, but they do and it is some kind of good. Mine never looks as pretty as when my mom makes it, so I leave it to her. I have to laugh because we always call it "Strawberry Pretzel Salad." It certainly is not a salad. Now I really have a craving for it!

  2. Funny that this was a dessert for your family...my mom made it as a side dish!

    Well, basically the same...she did raspberries, but same idea!

    I hope you're having a great day...can't wait for tomorrow night!

  3. Amanda,
    I have tried this before and it is so yummy! Happy to now have the recipe for it! Thank you for always leaving me the sweetest comments! I love visiting you too! Have a great rest of the week!!


  4. Thanks for sharing this recipe! I'm so anxious to give it a try.... sounds so good!!!

  5. I must say, your Mom/Mimi sounds like my kind of gal with her school of thought on chocolate and dessert - perhaps the pretzels and strawberries come together here because they both also do so well with chocolate!

  6. I've had this at a tearoom before, but I've never made it myself. Looks like I'll have to give it a whirl :)

  7. Thanks for a new recipe, Amanda! I will gather the ingredients and try it for the next family get-together.

  8. made this dessert tonight was great thanks

  9. I have never made this myself, but I have had it at lots of get togethers, and it is so yummy! Love it!

  10. i was thinking about making this the other day but i know i'll eat the whole pan. my version is slightly different. i use pineapple juice in the jello layer instead of water. and i like to add a partial bag of frozen, sliced strawberries without added sugar to bounty up the strawberry ratio :)


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