Raspberry Pretzel Jello Salad Recipe

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Raspberry pretzel jello salad on a plate

Raspberry Jello Salad with Cool Whip

All growing up, I remember my family serving this raspberry pretzel jello salad recipe at holiday meals – Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and any other large family meal/gathering! It was and still is a holiday recipe staple for my family. Probably a lot of you have a similar recipe in your family too!

This recipe is found in my family cookbook…in the salad section. Yes, we classify it as a side dish and jello salad, but I’ll let you in on a secret…it is definitely more like a delicious dessert. 😉

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Crust ingredients for raspberry pretzel jello salad

This Recipe Has it All!

I LOVE a good sweet and salty combo and this recipe does not disappoint. Sweet and salty pretzel crust, with a delicious cream cheese filling, and a fruity top layer.

The 9×13 baking dish is my go-to size here, but I have also made it in a 10-inch springform pan as a pie. Kind of a fun way to change it up!

Cream cheese layer for raspberry pretzel jello salad

Make Sure to Plan Ahead

Plan to make this raspberry pretzel jello a little bit ahead of time because each layer needs some time to cool or set. The cooking time is only 10 minutes for the crust, but the chilling and prep time (mostly the chilling time) brings the total recipe time to around 2 to 2 1/2 hours.

Raspberries for pretzel jello salad

Fruity Options

I personally prefer raspberries and raspberry jello in this recipe, but strawberries and other berries work well too. Maybe try some experimentation! Blackberries could be good, or maybe even blueberries? Try it out and let me know how it goes!

Enjoy This Classic Pretzel Jello Salad Recipe

I’ve never been a huge pretzel jello salad fan, so I was resistant to this dish as a young person. But now it is seriously one of my all-time favorite holiday recipes!

I really missed out all those years that I wouldn’t even try it. Oh well. I make up for it now and enjoy every single delicious bite. 😉

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Delicious raspberry pretzel jello salad on a plate

Raspberry Pretzel Jello Salad Recipe

5 / 5 (1 review)
Prep Time: 2 hours prep and chill | Cook Time: 10 mins
Yield: 9x13 pan or 10 | Serves: 12-14

Ingredients

  • Crust:

  • 2 cups crushed pretzels
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • Cream Cheese Layer:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 8 ounces whipped topping, thawed (like Cool Whip)
  • Top Layer:

  • 2 cups water
  • 6 ounces raspberry or strawberry gelatin dessert mix
  • about 14 ounces frozen raspberries or strawberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine crushed pretzels, sugar, and melted butter in a small bowl. Press mixture into 9x13 baking dish or a 10" springform pan. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove from oven and let cool completely.
  2. Beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth. Mix in the sugar. Fold in the whipped topping. Gently spread mixture to cover the entire crust, all the way to the edges. Refrigerate until chilled.
  3. Meanwhile, boil 2 cups of water, then stir in the gelatin mix. Stir in the frozen fruit and continue stirring until the fruit has thawed.
  4. Gently pour over the cream cheese layer and then refrigerate until the gelatin is set, about 1 1/2 hours.
  5. To serve, gently run a knife around the edge of the pan and cut into servings.

Recipe Source: My family cookbook

Ingredients: Butter, Cream Cheese, Pretzels, Raspberries, Strawberries, Sugar, Water, Whipped Topping
Meal Type: Desserts, Side Dish, 4th of July, Christmas, Easter, Mother's Day, Thanksgiving, Meatless
Categories: Fruits, Pie, Make Ahead/Freezer Meal, Oven

Comments & Reviews

  • Amy (dish on design gal)

    I love this and have to laugh, we have it as a “salad” side dish for Christmas every year. What a great idea to make it in a springform pan for dessert!

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