Friday, September 9, 2011

Strawberry Pretzel Dessert

I like layered desserts. It's like several different awesome things that all come together to create an even more awesome thing. This particular awesome, layered dessert was passed along to me by Kyle's mother. Thanks, Judy!

Here's the general idea: a pretzel layer, a cream cheese/Cool Hwhip layer, and then a strawberries/jell-o layer. Aaaaaand I've pretty much told you the entire recipe right there, but, in case you were curious, I'll hit you up with the specifics.

Strawberry Pretzel Dessert

  • 2c pretzels, crushed
  • 3/4c butter, melted
  • 3T sugar
  • 8oz cream cheese, softened
  • 12oz Cool Whip (TRICKERY! A regular tubs is only 8oz., so be sure you buy two!)
  • 1/2c sugar
  • 6oz strawberry jello
  • 2c boiling water
  • 16oz frozen strawberries, sliced
  1. Mix together first three ingredients (pretzels, butter and 3T sugar) and press evenly into 9x13 glass pan. 
  2. Bake for 7 minutes at 400 degrees F and let cool completely.
  3. Meanwhile, add boiling water to Jell-o powder and stir until dissolved. Then add frozen strawberries to Jell-o mixture and let them melt all up in there.
  4. Cream together cream cheese, Cool Whip and 1/2c sugar until smooth. Spread over cooled pretzel crust and stick that baby in the freezer for like 15 minutes or until that layer is set.
  5. Wait a while longer until the Jell-o and strawberries get kind of gunky and thick and then spread that on top of everything.
  6. Put it into the fridge until the Jell-o layer has solidified. 
So you really, really need to wait until the crust is cool, the cream cheese layer is solid and the Jell-o is starting to solidify. If the Jell-o is still warm and/or the cream cheese isn't set, the results are disastrous. The cream cheese will chunk and rise through the Jell-o and the Jell-o and strawberries will sneak underneath the cream cheese. If this happens it looks a mess and it doesn't hold together very well. That's why I suggest making the Jell-o early on so it has time to do it's thing.

But if you do it right (patience is definitely a virtue in this situation), this is a great late summer dessert. It still has a lingering summer feel with the strawberries, but it starts to bring in the heavier fall dessert-y type situations when you hit the cream cheese layer.

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