Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Strawberry Pretzel Dessert

Did you all have a great mother's day? I enjoyed an all around wonderful weekend. We spent much of our Saturday doing yard work along with getting the garden and flowers planted. Then winded down the evening with a little bon fire. Sunday was low key, going from church to both of our parent's. With a little cooking in between, because honestly, even on a day of relaxation it's what brings me joy.

My brothers and I chipped in to prepare a nice meal for our family, that way Mom didn't have to do much work.  I made this particular salad. It's definitely different, but very good.  And it had been so long since we'd had it, I thought it was the perfect time to make a batch.

Another dish I hadn't made in such a long time is this strawberry pretzel dessert. It's a classic dessert in many households.  And with good reason, who doesn't love that salty/sweet combination?

I love the classic strawberry topping,  but feel free to experiment with other flavors. Orange jello and mandarin oranges are delicious, as well as raspberries and raspberry jello. You can also use frozen fruit, but with summer heading our way, I always love using fresh berries.

Treat your loved ones to this dessert, if it's not already, it will soon be a favorite!

Strawberry Pretzel Dessert

For the crust:
2 cups crushed pretzels
1 stick butter, melted
2 tbsp sugar

For the filling:
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
8 oz tub whipped topping

For the topping:
6 oz box strawberry jello
2 cups boiling water
2 cups sliced, fresh strawberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Set aside one 9x13 inch baking pan.

In a bowl or even in the 9x13 pan, combine crushed pretzels, butter and sugar. Press into bottom of pan to form a crust. Bake in oven for 10 minutes. Remove from oven to let cool.

In another bowl, cream together cream cheese and sugar for one minute, just until light and fluffy. Add in whipped topping.  When pretzel crust is cooled, spread filling over top. Chill in fridge.

To make topping: combine jello with boiling water and stir until jello is dissolved. Add in sliced strawberries. Let chill in fridge for an hour, until partially set.

Then spoon jello topping over top of cream cheese filling. Cover and let set in fridge for at least a couple more hours until jello is completely set.

Serves 12-15

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