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

Yield: 12 Bars

Strawberry Pretzel Bars

Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Strawberry Pretzel Bars

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

Instructions

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!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 125Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 131mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 1gSugar: 14gProtein: 2g

BAKING TOOLS I USED TO MAKE THIS RECIPE: