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Strawberry Pretzel Bars

Strawberry Pretzel Bars

These Strawberry Pretzel Bars are always a sign of summer in our house and with Memorial Day next week, that means my family and I will be enjoying these delicious Strawberry Pretzel Bars at our family cookout this weekend. I always make two batches because one batch never last long.

I also love the combination of the sweet and salty and with the fresh strawberry jello, which makes these bars the perfect summer BBQ dessert.

Strawberry Pretzel Bars

JUST A FEW BAKING TIPS:

✔ To crush the pretzels, I like to place them into a large ziplock bag and crush them with a rolling pin. You could also use a food processor too.

 After baking the pretzel crust for 10 minutes, I let it cool on the counter for about 5 minutes and then I place it in the fridge to speed up the cooling process while I make the cream cheese layer.

✔ If you want to switch it up, I sometimes add about 1 cup of fresh blueberries with the fresh sliced strawberries before mixing the fruit  into the jello mixture. It makes for a perfect red, white, and blue dessert!

STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE ON HOW TO MAKE THESE STRAWBERRY PRETZEL BARS:

STRAWBERRY PRETZEL BARS

Strawberry Pretzel Bars

Yield: 12 Bars

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes (plus chilling)

★ Make sure to read my BAKING TIPS above before you start baking!

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Ingredients:

PRETZEL CRUST:
  • 2 cups finely crushed pretzels
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup (11 Tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
CREAM CHEESE LAYER:
  • 2 (8 0z.) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup Cool Whip topping, thawed
STRAWBERRY JELLO LAYER:
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 (6 oz.) package strawberry jello
  • 1 1/2 cups cold water
  • 4 cups fresh strawberries, sliced

Directions:

PRE-STEP: Pre-heat oven to 350F degrees. Line a 13x9 inch baking pan with foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

MAKE CRUST:

STEP 1: In a medium sized bowl, mix pretzel crumbs, sugar, and butter together to form crust.

STEP 2: Press pretzel crust into the bottom of prepared pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Let cool.

MAKE CREAM CHEESE LAYER:

STEP 3: Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, mix cream cheese, sugar, and milk together until light and fluffy. Stir in Cool Whip.

STEP 4: Spread cream cheese mixture over pretzel crust. Place in fridge until ready to use.

MAKE STRAWBERRY JELLO LAYER:

STEP 5: In a medium sized bowl, stir boiling water into dry gelatin mix until completely dissolved. Stir in cold water. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until jello is thickened. Stir in sliced strawberries.

STEP 6: Spoon strawberry jello over cream cheese layer. Place in fridge for 3 hours or until jello is firm. Cut into squares and enjoy!

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6 Responses to “Strawberry Pretzel Bars”

  1. Whitney — December 12, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    Is it possible to make this a day ahead of time or do the pretzels get too mushy?

    • Jenn — December 14th, 2015 @ 10:59 am

      What I do & would suggest is to make the crust the night before and cover then add the top two layers in the morning and chill until the afternoon. This way the pretzel crust does not get soft.

  2. Alexiana — June 18, 2015 at 8:52 am

    It looks very tasty!

  3. Maureen — May 22, 2015 at 12:36 am

    These are just fantastic. The jello is so attractive. And I love the pretzel crust. The combination of flavors is good too. Sweet and salty. Yum! 

  4. Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg — May 20, 2015 at 6:43 am

    Heck yes. These would be perfect for Memorial Day or any summer picnic! Thank you for sharing. I love the idea of a pretzel crust. 

  5. Thalia @ butter and brioche — May 19, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    These bars look fantastic! And I just love that pretzel crust.. the combination of sweet strawberries and salty pretzels I bet is delicious.

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