Strawberry Pretzel Salad

A classic family favorite dessert is Strawberry Pretzel Salad. This is something I recall happening in my own family. This simple make-ahead dish is the perfect balance of sweet and salty, creamy and crunchy flavors!

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Chill Time: 6 Hours
Total Time: 6 Hours 35 minutes

Pretzel crust:
2 cups crushed pretzels
¾ cup butter melted
3 tablespoons sugar
Creamy filling:
8 ounces cream cheese
¾ cup sugar
8 ounces Cool Whip
Strawberry topping:
6 ounces Strawberry Jell-O
2 cups boiling water
4 cups sliced strawberries

The oven should be preheated to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a mixing basin, combine crushed pretzels, butter, and sugar; press into the bottom of a 9×13 pan. Bake for 10 minutes before removing from the oven and allowing to cool fully.
With a hand mixer on medium speed, beat cream cheese and sugar until frothy in a medium mixing basin. Fold in the Cool Whip gently. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour after spreading the mixture evenly over the cooled crust.
Combine Jell-O and boiling water in a large mixing basin and stir until the jello is completely dissolved. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature entirely.
Over the cream cheese mixture, arrange cut strawberries. Overtop, pour cooled JellO.
Refrigerate for at least 4-6 hours or overnight until firm.