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This is our twist on the classic Strawberry Pretzel Salad and although very sweet, we still serve it as a side dish and not a dessert at our family holiday gatherings. My mother-in-law started this one year when she ran out of pretzels. It has become a fun family tradition to vary this recipe.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray the bottom of a 9 x 13 glass baking dish with cooking spray.
Add 2 cups of graham cracker crumbs and 3 tablespoons of sugar to the melted butter. Mix and pat firmly into the bottom of the baking dish. Bake for 10 minutes and allow to cool completely. Variations: We have been known to use chocolate graham crackers and to mix graham crackers and pretzels.
Cream the cream cheese and 1 cup of sugar together. Fold in the Cool Whip. Spread over the graham cracker crust. Variation: We have been known to use flavored cream cheeses at this step. Pineapple has been a favorite variation.
Mix the Jello and hot water until the Jello is dissolved. Add frozen strawberries. Allow to firm slightly and layer over the cream cheese mixture. Variation: Different flavored Jello and frozen fruits may be substituted. We have used blueberries to make this a red, white, and blue side dish for Independence Day.
Refrigerate and serve.
Have fun with this old classic recipe! We do and everyone looks forward to the newest variation at each family gathering!
The salad is absolutely perfect as a side for a nice, salty meat. It’s perfect for ham and divine for roast beef. (You really can’t go wrong!) My maternal grandfather was so taken with it the first year it was served that he took home all the leftovers.
Jello salads are a dying breed. I fondly remember this one that my grandma made for every holiday meal. It’s still a favorite. It’s always invited back whenever I take it to gatherings and pot-lucks. I know this recipe by heart since I’ve repeated it over and over upon request. I hope you will enjoy it as much as my family has.
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