Saturday, June 30, 2012

strawberry pretzel salad

last night i attended a work party.  it was a beautiful orchestral performance and fireworks.  we had a picnic at the concert, and of course, because i am known as the "work baker," i was in charge of dessert.  i knew it would be hot, and that my boss isn't a huge chocolate fan, so i decided to go with my mom's favorite summer recipe: strawberry pretzel salad.

the actually cooking part actually only took about a half hour, but it is about a full day process because each layer has to completely set before you can add the next layer.

i altered it slightly for the 4th of july, and added a fruit flag on top.  here is the recipe!

ingredients:
2 cups crushed pretzels
3/4 cup melted margarine
3 tablespoons sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
8 oz cream cheese
8 oz cool whip
2 - 3 oz strawberry jello packets
2 cups boiling water
2 - 10 oz packages of frozen, sliced strawberries
8 oz can crushed pineapple
10 fresh strawberries
 1/2 pint fresh blueberries

directions:
- preheat oven to 400 degrees
- combine pretzels, margarine, and sugar
- press into 9x12 pan
- bake for 7 minutes; allow to cool
- beat confectioners sugar and cream cheese until smooth, fold in cool whip
- add mixture on top of crust and refrigerate until chilled
- dissolve jello in boiling water; cool slightly
- add strawberries and pineapple to jello mixture and pour over cream cheese
 mixture
- refrigerate until firm
- optional for american flag: (ingredients: 8 oz cool whip, 10 fresh strawberries, 
and 1/2 pint fresh blueberries) smooth additional 8 oz of cool whip on top 
of jello/frozen strawberries. cut strawberries into 1/4ths and shape strawberries 
and blueberries into an american flag on top cream cheese/cool whip layer

4 comments:

Six Sisters said...

Just took a peek at this delicious and refreshing dessert/salad! So cute with the strawberries and blueberries on top! Looks so yummy! Thanks for joining us on our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday". We love this recipe! Come back next week. -The Sisters

Alyssa Rivers said...

This looks so delicious! I have to make it for the fourth! I am a new follower and I am loving your blog! Would love for you to visit mine!

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meg said...

Thank you, and thanks for hosting!!

meg said...

Alyssa, you definitely should try it! And thanks for following - I will definitely check out your blog!

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