Hello, hello! My name is Emily and I’m visiting from Huckleberry Love. I am so excited that Brie asked me to take part in her fabulous, Summertime Series. :)
I’ve been wracking my brain as to what I should share with y’all today. A project or fun kid craft? Well, maybe. But, what my mind kept wandering back to was one of my all-time favorite summer recipes. One that symbolizes summer and is always the talk of the dessert table.
Want to know what it is??
My mouth is starting to water just thinking about this delicious dessert.
This recipe is super simple and is a staple at ALL of my family gatherings. I come from a large family (2 parents, 7 children, 5 spouses, 8 grandchildren… and a partridge in a pear tree. Wait. No. Not that last one. Anyway, things definitely get wild and crazy at our get-togethers!) and we make two batches of this whenever we have something to celebrate.
Pretzel Jell-O is the perfect combination of sweet and salty. Not to mention it’s filled with delicious strawberries that make it perfect for a summertime barbeque!
Here’s what you’ll need to make some today-
1 stick melted butter
1 1/2 cups crushed pretzels (I smash mine with a rolling pin)
1 (8 oz. ) package cream cheese, softened
1 container cool whip (standard size, not the gigantic one)
1 cup sugar (divided)
1 (6 oz.) package strawberry Jell-O
1 regular package of frozen strawberries
First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. While it’s heating up, pop your butter in the microwave to melt it. This would also be a good time to start boiling some water in your kettle. You’ll need about 2 cups.
Next, take a rolling pin and smash up those pretzels! I like to use pretzel sticks, as I find they’re easier to crush than normal pretzels.
Once your better is melted and you’ve crushed enough pretzels, mix them both together with a 1/2 cup of sugar. Press the mixture into a greased 9×13 pan. Pop the pan in the oven and bake for about 6 minutes.
While your pretzel crust is baking, you can prepare the Jell-O. Once the water in your kettle is boiling, pour 2 cups of it into a bowl that contains your Jell-O powder. Stir until the Jell-O has dissolved. Then, add the package of frozen strawberries to the boiling Jell-O. Stir to mix and then place the bowl in the refrigerator to cool off.
Now it’s time to make your cream cheese layer. Combine the cream cheese, cool whip and 1/2 a cup of sugar in a bowl. Mix thoroughly with your mixer until it’s smooth.
Be sure to let your special helpers lick the beaters… they taste pretty darn delicious! :)
Pour the cream cheese mixture on top of your pretzel crust. Using a spatula, smooth it evenly over the crust.
Check on your Jell-O. It should be starting to gel. If not, wait a bit until it is. Stir it up again, then pour on top of the cream cheese layer. The Jell-O should be firm enough that it will not seep into the other layers of the dessert. If it does, it was not set enough. Using a spatula, spread the Jell-O layer out evenly over the cream cheese layer.
Cover with tin foil or saran wrap and let it sit in the refrigerator over night.
Keep it refrigerated until you’re ready to serve. :)
Isn’t she lovely? My friends here in Texas laugh at my “Midwestern cuisine” that I bring to pot lucks (mainly because they all contain cream cheese and cool whip!), but they sure do eat it up whenever it’s placed in front of them!
I cross my heart that this will be an extremely popular dish at your next pot luck, barbeque or holiday picnic. For real. It’s simply amazing.
Emily is a stay-at-home Mom to two little rascals and wife to the man of her dreams. A born and raised Ohioan, she is now happy to call Texas her home. She loves reading, crafting, going to the movies, spending time with friends and the color yellow. Emily is a blog-aholic and currently writes her own blog, Texas Life, and also co-writes the blog, Huckleberry Love, with four of her closest friends. She is also the Organizer of a local Moms group and sells beautiful handmade yarn and felt creations at her Etsy Shop, 8th Street Bridge.