Strawberry Pretzel Parfait

A salad this is not, it is not tossed, not mixed with anything its a layered dessert that I am calling a parfait! Loosely based on the Strawberry Pretzel salad (again, the name irks me), this dessert in my style isn’t quite as fast as the usual. This one calls for fresh and homemade stuff instead of frozen stuff. I served this at the family Christmas party and told nobody I had brought it and watched everyone gobble it up. Its not the usual rich dessert you would serve at a holiday party but I think that is why they liked it. I doubled the recipe to fill a 9X13 pan

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag pretzels, crushed (do not make them into crumbs, just small pieces)
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
  • 5 TBS Brown Sugar
  • 2 pkg cream cheese
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 8 oz of homemade whipped cream (if you are a cheater you can use the fake stuff, I won’t laugh I promise.)
  • 2 PKG Strawberry jello
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 2 boxes fresh strawberries, not frozen. If you can’t get them, use frozen, 2 lbs worth, thaw and drain, keep the juices
  • 8 more oz. of whipped cream for top

 

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400.
  • Combine Pretzels, butter and brown sugar and push into bottom of pan. Bake for 10 minutes only, do not overbake!
  • Boil 4 cups of water and add them to the jello, set jello aside (I put it in the freezer to set it faster)
  • Combine cream cheese, sugar, and first portion of whipped cream in stand mixer or use an electric mixer, Mix until well blended.
  • Spread cream cheese mixture on cooled crust.

  • Meanwhile add strawberries to cooled jello

  • Cool down mixture more until it just starts to set. This is important if its too runny it will seep into the cheese and into the pretzel making it soggy.
  • Pour mixture over the cream cheese layer. Let set at least 4 hours or overnight.

  • Top with fresh whipped cream and garnish with a strawberry.

 

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Strawberry Pretzel Parfait
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • 1 bag pretzels, crushed (do not make them into crumbs, just small pieces)
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
  • 5 TBS Brown Sugar
  • 2 pkg cream cheese
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 8 oz of homemade whipped cream (if you are a cheater you can use the fake stuff, I won't laugh I promise.)
  • 2 PKG Strawberry jello
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 2 boxes fresh strawberries, not frozen. If you can't get them, use frozen, 2 lbs worth, thaw and drain, keep the juices
  • 8 more oz. of whipped cream for top
Instructions
  1. Directions:
  2. Preheat oven to 400.
  3. Combine Pretzels, butter and brown sugar and push into bottom of pan. Bake for 10 minutes only, do not overbake!
  4. Boil 4 cups of water and add them to the jello, set jello aside (I put it in the freezer to set it faster)
  5. Combine cream cheese, sugar, and first portion of whipped cream in stand mixer or use an electric mixer, Mix until well blended.
  6. Spread cream cheese mixture on cooled crust.
  7. Meanwhile add strawberries to cooled jello
  8. Cool down mixture more until it just starts to set. This is important if its too runny it will seep into the cheese and into the pretzel making it soggy.
  9. Pour mixture over the cream cheese layer. Let set at least 4 hours or overnite.
  10. Top with fresh whipped cream and garnish with a strawberry.

About Candace Reid

Candace Reid is the owner and author of My Serendipity Life. She is the mother of 3 and a college graduate having earned her Associates Degree in Business for Hospitality/Food Service Management. an an AAS degree in Photographic Imaging from Lansing Community College. She also loves to blog about food, fun tech and travel. Email Candace

Comments

  1. yum!

  2. Looks delish!

  3. YUMMMM. My mom’s friend used to make something like this and always bring it when we had potlucks. It sounds so weird, but oh my gosh is it good. And yes, I am totally with you that this is a dessert. 🙂

  4. this looks delicious!

  5. What size pan do you use for this recipe?

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