Tuesday, April 7, 2009

TESTED RECIPE: Strawberry Pretzel Squares

Posted By on Tue, Apr 7, 2009 at 4:30 PM

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It's a winner! The SPS's (Wow. I'm becoming like Rachel Ray with my annoying abbreviations, huh?) were a hit among friends at a dinner potluck last night.

Tasting a bit like strawberry cheesecake, these squares provide an interesting twist on the usual strawberry/cream/graham cracker crust desserts out there because the crust is made of pretzels instead of graham crackers. The saltiness of the pretzels complements the sweetness of the strawberries and cream cheese layers.

I made a few tweaks to the recipe, though not all were smart. I had large sourdough pretzels on hand, so I just used those. Next time I will use normal thin pretzels. These were much too hard! Also, to lighten up the recipe I used sugar-free Jell-O, reduced calorie Cool Whip, and reduced fat cream cheese. Now I can eat double servings without the guilt. Ha.

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Strawberry Pretzel Squares

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups crushed pretzels
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 2 (3 ounce) packages strawberry flavored gelatin
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 (10 ounce) packages frozen strawberries

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Stir together crushed pretzels, melted butter and 3 tablespoons sugar; mix well and press mixture into the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, until set. Set aside to cool.
  4. In a large mixing bowl cream together cream cheese and 1 cup sugar. Fold in whipped topping. Spread mixture onto cooled crust.
  5. Dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Stir in still frozen strawberries and allow to set briefly. When mixture is about the consistency of egg whites, pour and spread over cream cheese layer. Refrigerate until set.

Strawberry Pretzel Squares

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups crushed pretzels
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 2 (3 ounce) packages strawberry flavored gelatin
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 (10 ounce) packages frozen strawberries

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Stir together crushed pretzels, melted butter and 3 tablespoons sugar; mix well and press mixture into the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, until set. Set aside to cool.
  4. In a large mixing bowl cream together cream cheese and 1 cup sugar. Fold in whipped topping. Spread mixture onto cooled crust.
  5. Dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Stir in still frozen strawberries and allow to set briefly. When mixture is about the consistency of egg whites, pour and spread over cream cheese layer. Refrigerate until set.

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