Raspberry Jello Pretzel Salad

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    Raspberry jello pretzel salad is a little sweet, a little salty and a LOT of deliciousness! The cream cheese mixture and salted pretzel crust mixed with the raspberry jello is the absolute perfect combination. 

    Raspberries, cream cheese, cool whip and pretzels. WOW! This raspberry pretzel salad is so delicious and definitely needs to be on your Christmas or Thanksgiving menu. The pretzels are the perfect addition and the sweet and salty combo makes this easy holiday dessert simply irresistible.

    slice of raspberry pretzel salad on plate

    My family can’t get enough of this pretzel salad! When my mom announced “The salad is on the table” at our holiday dinner, we definitely were not expecting this type of salad. Now THIS is my kind of salad!

    It has delicious 3 layers: a salty crushed pretzel crust, a sweet cream cheese filling and a raspberry jello topping. You can also make this pretzel salad any time of year and easily mix up the fruits. I sometimes swap the fresh raspberries with strawberries and use strawberry jello instead. In the summer, I love to use mandarin oranges and make these little mandarin orange pretzel parfaits. So easy and yummy!

    making cream cheese filling for pretzel salad

    How to make raspberry pretzel salad

    Scroll down for the printable recipe and video tutorial.

    1. 1st layer: The first layer is a crushed pretzel crust. Simply pulse the pretzels in a food processor or blender until they’re crushed. Then stir in the melted butter and sugar until combined. Press the mixture into a buttered 9×13″ pan, then bake at 400°F for about 10 minutes. Then place the pan in the refrigerator to chill for about 30 minutes.
    2. 2nd layer: The next layer is a rich cream cheese filling. Beat the softened cream cheese with an electric mixer, then beat in the sugar. Next fold the cool whip into the mixture. Then spread the filling on top of the crust (make sure to go all the way to the edges so the 3rd jello layer doesn’t leak through). Place in the fridge for about an hour.
    3. 3rd layer: Last comes the fruity jello layer. Boil the water with the jello and stir for about 2 minutes, until the sugar has dissolved. Then mix in the frozen raspberries. Let the mixture slightly thicken, then pour evenly over the cream cheese filling. Then place in the refrigerator for about 2 hours to set completely.

    raspberry jello pretzel salad in pan

    Cooking tips

    • Plan ahead and start making the dessert the night before (each layer takes time to set).
    • Use a blender or food processor to crush the pretzels (you want them to be pretty fine).
    • Make sure to go all the way to the edges with each layer (especially the cream layer) to prevent the jello from leaking through.
    • Allow the jello to cool a little bit and thicken slightly before pouring on cream cheese layer.
    • Make sure the jello has set COMPLETELY before slicing.

    Pretzel salad variations

    What I love about this recipe is that you can make so many variations with different combinations of jello and fruit! Below are some of my favorites:

    • Strawberry: Use strawberry jello and frozen sliced strawberries.
    • Pineapple: Use pineapple jello and frozen crushed pineapple or frozen strawberries.
    • Mandarin: Use orange jello and canned mandarin oranges (pre freeze them).
    • Peach: Use peach jello and frozen sliced peaches.

    slice of pretzel jello salad on plate

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    Raspberry Jello Pretzel Salad

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: Raspberry jello pretzel salad
    Prep Time: 20 minutes
    Cook Time: 10 minutes
    Refrigerate: 3 hours 30 minutes
    Total Time: 4 hours
    Servings: 16
    Calories: 264
    Author: Jamielyn Nye
    Raspberry jello pretzel salad is a little sweet, a little salty and a LOT of deliciousness! The cream cheese mixture and salted pretzel crust mixed with the raspberry jello is the absolute perfect combination. 

    Ingredients

    Layer 1:

    • 1 3/4 cups crushed pretzels (about 6-7 cups pretzels)
    • 3/4 cup salted butter (melted, 12 Tablespoons)
    • 3 Tablespoons sugar

    Layer 2:

    • 12 ounces cream cheese (softened)
    • 3/4 cup sugar
    • 8 ounces cool whip (softened, 1 container)

    Layer 3:

    • 2 cups boiling water
    • 6 ounces raspberry jello (two 3-ounce boxes)
    • 2 cups frozen raspberries

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven to 400°F. Butter a 9x13" pan and set aside.
    • Crush pretzels in a food processor or blender and then stir in melted butter and sugar until combined. Press evenly into pan and bake for 8-10 minutes. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until cool.
    • In a medium size bowl, beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer. Mix in sugar and then stir in cool whip. Drop about 8 spoonfuls over the top and carefully spread out on top of pretzel crust. Make sure to go all the way to the edges so the jello mixture doesn’t leak through. You can use your finger with a paper towel to run along the edges to make them clean lines. Refrigerate for about 1 hour, or until set.
    • Boil water in a small pan with jello. Stir until the sugar is dissolved (about 2 minutes). Then mix in the frozen raspberries. Let sit a few minutes and allow to thicken slightly, then pour on top of cream cheese mixture and refrigerate until jello is firm, at least 2 hours (I like to leave overnight).

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    Notes

    Variations 
    • Strawberry: Use strawberry jello and frozen sliced strawberries.
    • Pineapple: Use pineapple jello and frozen crushed pineapple or frozen strawberries.
    • Mandarin: Use orange jello and canned mandarin oranges (pre-freeze them). 
    • Peach: Use peach jello and frozen sliced peaches.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 264kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 343mg | Potassium: 82mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 580IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 0.6mg
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