Raspberry Pretzel Jello Salad/Dessert Recipe

 We are addicted to this stuff in our family! This delicious treat can be used as a salad or a dessert, depending on your tastes. This is a staple at all our family parties and pot-lucks!


Serves: 12

Raspberry Pretzel Jello Salad/Dessert Recipe

30 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

40 minTotal Time

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  • 2 cups pretzels (broken into pieces)
  • 1/2 cup  margarine, melted
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese
  • 1 (8 oz) container Cool Whip whipped topping
  • 1 large box (6 oz) raspberry Jell-o
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 - 3 cups frozen raspberries (you can also use fresh


  1. First Layer - combine broken pretzels, melted margarine and 3 tablespoons sugar. Stir until well blended.  Press in  9 x 13 pan and bake at 350 degrees for 7 minutes.  Cool completely.
  2. Second Layer -  Beat 1 cup sugar and cream cheese until smooth.  Fold in Cool Whip.  Spread over pretzel layer. Be sure to seal the cream cheese layer against the sides of the pan so that the jello mixture (3rd layer) will not be able to leak through when added.
  3. Third Layer - Mix Jello and boiling water until jello is dissolved.  Add frozen raspberries.  Cool and set slightly.  Pour over cream cheese layer.  Refrigerate until firm.

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23 Responses to “Raspberry Pretzel Jello Salad/Dessert Recipe”

  1. I remember having this for the first time a couple of years ago and thinking what the heck is this. To my surprise it was so delicious I couldn't believe it. Such unlikely ingredients combined to make a truely luscious treat. I got the recipe but to this day haven't made it. I need to. Thanks for reminding me.
  2. The recipe instructions say to mix the pretzels, butter and "sugar" in step one. However, the only sugar listed in the ingredients list is the cup that is added to the cream cheese in step two. Is this a typo or is there supposed to be a certain amount of sugar added to the pretzels and butter? Just don't want to mess up such a delicious sounding treat. Thanks for your terrific recipes and ideas!!!
  3. I've only had this with strawberries - and that is amazing so raspberries would be wonderful.

    another way I've made this is to leave off the pretzel layer - put the jello on the bottom and top it with the cream cheese layer - very pretty in a glass bowl.
  4. I ended up doubling it all to put in my 9X13 - except for the butter. I have 9 kids to feed so I worried it just wouldn't stretch. And, I'd suggest starting the jello first and putting it in the freezer to cool down, then do the pretzel layer and put in the freezer so that it doesn't take quite so long to assemble.
  5. My family loved this recipe although I have a suggestion, since I screwed it up a bit. It would be awesome if the ingredients were listed in your receipe in the order that you use them to create the layers.

    The first layer says to combine the pretzels, butter and sugar, which I did, but I used the 1C of sugar and not the 3T. of sugar because that was what I saw first in the recipe. Of course everthing was combined and in the pan before I realized my mistake!

    Thankfully it all tasted fine. I just have a really sweet bottom layer that tends to stick to the pan and a not so sweet middle layer. :)

    I will definitely make this again! (the right way next time)
  6. I have to say that this was one of my favorite treats growing up. Grams would make it with strawberries and leave it in the freezer. She pulverized the pretzels too. I am so glad I came across this on Pintrist. I now have a recipe back that I thought was lost. Thank you!
  7. I agree that the ingredients are not laid out the best way. I would prefer to see them in the order of assembly as well. I have made this before so I knew how it goes together but since I had lost the recipe, I couldn't remember how much of what went into the dish.
    Glad to find another recipe like the one I had ( or have somewhere...)
    I added a tiny bit of lemon juice to the cream cheese mixture and used powdered sugar to slightly sweeten the pretzel crust. I also made more crust than is called for and crushed them a bit more.
    Cannot wait to take it to my book club tomorrow.
  8. Yes! Pls redo this post and put the ingredients in order. I put a whole cup of sugar in with the pretzels. I also add a small can of crushed pineapple to the cream cheese mixture. I think it tastes better that way. I make this for every holiday as it's my #1 request!
  9. Nancy
    My family loves this too. Instead of butter, I substitute melted strawberry jelly (I make mine with strawberries) to save a few calories and I find the bottom layer isn't as mushy. Might have to make some tonight!
  10. in lieu of the sugar mixed in with the cream cheese and cool whip I add in canned crushed pineapple. Trust me, it's delicious. Some helpful tips here: cool the crust before adding the cream cheese layer. Don't add the jello mixture if it is liquid, otherwise you will flood the crust and cream cheese.

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