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.
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 spoonful's 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 over medium high heat. Stir until the sugar is dissolved (about 2 minutes). Then remove from the heat and mix in the frozen raspberries. Let sit for about 5-10 minutes and allow to thicken slightly. Once the pot is cool enough to handle I like to put it in the refrigerator for 10-15. Once it has thickened slightly pour on top of cream cheese mixture and refrigerate until jello is firm, at least 2 hours (I like to leave overnight).
Once the dessert is firm, slice and serve.
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).