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
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Servings: 12 Bars

Strawberry Pretzel Bars

Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
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.
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Ingredients

PRETZEL CRUST:

  • 2 cups finely crushed pretzels
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • cup unsalted butter, melted, 11 Tablespoons

CREAM CHEESE LAYER:

  • 2 packages cream cheese, softened, 16 ounces
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup Cool Whip topping, thawed

STRAWBERRY JELLO LAYER:

  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 box strawberry jello, 6 oz.
  • 1 ½ cups cold water
  • 4 cups fresh strawberries, sliced

Instructions
 

  • 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:

  • In a medium sized bowl, mix pretzel crumbs, sugar, and butter together to form crust.
  • Press pretzel crust into the bottom of prepared pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Let cool.

MAKE CREAM CHEESE LAYER:

  • Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, mix cream cheese, sugar, and milk together until light and fluffy. Stir in Cool Whip.
  • Spread cream cheese mixture over pretzel crust. Place in fridge until ready to use.

MAKE STRAWBERRY JELLO LAYER:

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

Notes

  • 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!
Calories: 363kcal, Carbohydrates: 33g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 25g, Saturated Fat: 15g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Trans Fat: 0.4g, Cholesterol: 66mg, Sodium: 324mg, Potassium: 167mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 20g, Vitamin A: 835IU, Vitamin C: 29mg, Calcium: 59mg, Iron: 1mg
Cuisine: American
Course: Brownies + Bars
Author: Jennifer
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