Judy’s Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Judy’s Strawberry Pretzel Salad is a classic American dessert that combines sweet, salty, and creamy flavors in one delightful dish. It’s typically made with three layers: a pretzel crust, a creamy filling, and a strawberry gelatin topping.

Here’s a basic recipe:


For the pretzel crust:

  • 2 cups crushed pretzels
  • 3/4 cup melted butter
  • 3 tablespoons sugar

For the creamy filling:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 8 oz whipped topping (like Cool Whip)

For the strawberry gelatin topping:

  • 2 (3 oz) packages of strawberry gelatin
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 (10 oz) packages of frozen strawberries, thawed
  • 1 (8 oz) can of crushed pineapple, drained


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the crushed pretzels, melted butter, and sugar. Press the mixture into the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
  3. In another mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Fold in the whipped topping until well combined. Spread the mixture evenly over the cooled pretzel crust.
  4. Dissolve the strawberry gelatin in boiling water, then stir in the thawed strawberries and crushed pineapple. Allow the mixture to cool until it begins to thicken slightly.
  5. Carefully pour the strawberry gelatin mixture over the cream cheese layer, spreading it evenly.
  6. Refrigerate the Strawberry Pretzel Salad for at least 4 hours, or until set.
  7. Before serving, you can garnish with additional whipped topping or fresh strawberries if desired.

Enjoy Judy’s Strawberry Pretzel Salad as a refreshing and delicious dessert!

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