Best Summer Recipes: Strawberry Pretzel Salad

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Do you have those recipes that always make you think of summer? I’ve got two of them – an easy one and a much more time-consuming, but oh-so-worth-it one. First, the more complicated one.

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

2 cups broken pretzels
1 1/2 sticks melted butter or margarine
8 ounce package of cream cheese
1 cup sugar
1 large box of strawberry Jell-O
1 medium tub of Cool-Whip
2 – 10 ounce packages of frozen strawberries, mostly thawed

Line a 9 X 12 baking dish with pretzels. Pour margarine over pretzel layer, then, sprinkle with 3 tablespoons of sugar. Bake at 400 degrees (F) for about 8 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.

While the pretzel layer is cooling, prepare Jell-O with two cups of boiling water. Mix with strawberries and refrigerate for about 2 hours (until lightly set). Mix cream cheese and remaining sugar. Fold in Cool-Whip. Spread cream cheese mixture over pretzel layer. Spread Jell-O over cream cheese layer. Refrigerate until Jell-O is set. Keep refrigerated and serve cold. Yum!

The other recipe is much simpler and quite tasty, as well as being weight-loss friendly.

Pineapple Angel Food Cake

1 box Angel Food Cake mix
1 can crushed pineapple

Mix crushed pineapple with angel food cake mix. Pour into a 9 X 13 baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees (F) for about 10-30 minutes (until firm and browned). Serve with Cool-Whip.

That’s it! Simple! However, to really add some festive, July 4th fun, spread the Cool-Whip over the cake (still in the pan, but cooled) and top with blueberries and sliced strawberries, creating a flag design with the berries.


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Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.

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  1. Kris! I was just looking for the recipe for the Strawberry Pretzel salad today. I just didn't know what it was called. I knew there was more than one reason that I follow your blog! 🙂

  2. LOL How funny is that? This is one of my favorite recipes. I really need to make it soon. I haven't had it in awhile.

  3. I made the strawberry pretzel salad last year for the 4th. I think the whole pretzel – jello thing scared people because it didn't go over well. Oh well…more for me. 🙂

  4. I can so relate, Lindsey. I got the recipe from my mom and I was such a skeptic the first time she made it. Pretzels and strawberries sound disgusting, but, as I'm sure you know, it's so good!

  5. Oh, that pineapple angel food cake looks dangerous. I LOVE pineapple. I ate a whole pineapple upside down cake by myself in 3 days. I'm not exaggerating.

  6. I couldn't help but smile when I scrolled down and saw the "salad" recipe! I guess I've been living in Japan for too long. I had forgotten how broad the term "salad" can be in the US! That does sound wonderful, but I'm sure that my Japanese husband would love to have it served as a dessert;o).

    An American friend that used to live here used to make a recipe like that, but with bluberry pie filling in place of the strawberries/jello. It is so yummy!

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