This raspberry pretzel salad will have everyone who sees it drooling! Filled with a sweet cream cheese and Cool Whip mixture and topped with raspberry jello with fresh raspberries included, all sitting on top of a crunchy, salty layer of pretzels, this raspberry pretzel salad is the absolute definition of sweet and savory deliciousness.
Raspberry Pretzel Salad
This easy pretzel salad recipe is so simple to make and so delicious that it’s become a staple in my dessert lineup. It comes together in almost no time flat, which means I can get out my ingredients and be in and out of the kitchen in a flash, leaving me plenty of time to enjoy my family and friends or simply NOT be in the kitchen. Hey, I love cooking as much as anyone, but sometimes you just don’t want to be in there all day.
This dessert is the absolute king of easy and delicious. It only takes a handful of ingredients to make, and it’s absolutely delicious. We start off with crushed pretzels mixed with butter and sugar to make the base. It’s a crunchy sweet and salty bed of deliciousness on which we’ll build everything else. From there, we create a mixture of cream cheese, Cool Whip, vanilla, and powdered sugar to serve as the main body of the dessert. It’s so cool, creamy, and sweet that it satisfies any sweet tooth. Finally, it’s all topped off with a mixture of raspberry jello and fresh raspberries to give it a delicious berry flavor that works so well with the rest of the dish.
When you put it all together, you get a dessert that has everything you’d ever want in a treat. It has sweetness, saltiness, and interesting textures. It’s just a blast to eat!
This is a very straightforward recipe, but as with so many simple things, there are a few ways to finesse it to create something that’s spectacular rather than just good. There are three important to things to remember when making this raspberry pretzel salad. They’re very simple tips that will make such a big difference to your final product.
Crush Those Pretzels
When making your pretzel crust, make sure to really crush the pretzels. They don’t need to be powdered, but you do want small enough pieces that they can really combine with the butter and sugar. If your pieces are too big, the crust will fall apart when you serve the dessert.
Let the Jello Set Just Enough
There’s a little bit of finesse to this part. You want to let the Jello set up just enough that it isn’t watery but also isn’t solid. If you don’t let your Jello set up enough, it will just make everything soggy. If it sets up too much, you won’t be able to spread it. I like to let the Jello set up to just solid and then mix it up with a wooden spoon to break it all up and make it spreadable.
Fresh or Frozen Fruits Work
You can use fresh or frozen raspberries for this dessert. Fresh makes it easier, however.
This particular recipe uses raspberries, but you can use any kind of fruit you like. Blueberries, blackberries and strawberries are all delicious to use for this recipe.
Serving Raspberry Pretzel Salad
All you need to serve this dessert is a plate and a spoon! It’s filled with sweet, fruity, and creamy goodness with its two layers along with a salty base, so it has everything right there in the recipe. It needs no extra toppings whatsoever. Just scoop it out and you’re ready to go!
How to Store
This raspberry pretzel salad will keep well in an air-tight container for up to four days in the refrigerator. For longer storage, you can freeze this dish for up to a month.
Raspberry Pretzel Salad is so Easy and so Good
Give this recipe a try, and I’m sure you’ll feel the same way about it as my family and I do. You’ll love it! It’s a sweet and salty dream of flavors, and it’s so easy to make you can serve it up literally any time you feel like it. You’ll be in and out of the kitchen in just about a half-hour, so there’s never a bad time to make this dish. Try it once, and you’ll find yourself making it again and again.
Ingredients Needed To Make This Raspberry Pretzel Jello Salad
- Raspberry Jello
- Frozen raspberries
- Cream cheese
- Powdered sugar
- Vanilla extract
- Cool whip
(Actual measurements listed in the recipe card below.)
How To Make Raspberry Pretzel Salad
Step 1 – Prep
Dissolve jello in boiling water. Stir in raspberries then refrigerate for 1½ hours until partially set.
Step 2 – Making the Crust
Preheat oven to 350° and mix pretzels, sugar, and butter together in a small bowl. Press pretzel layer into a 13×9 baking dish. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
Step 3 – Making the Filling
In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth and add cool whip and sugar. Beat until combined. Spread over cooled pretzel later. Place is fridge to chill while jello is setting up. Spoon jello over the top of the cream cheese mixture. Spread evenly and cover with plastic wrap, place in the fridge, and let cool for 4-6 hours or until firm.
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Raspberry Pretzel Salad
For The Jello
- (2) 3 ounce boxes raspberry jello
- 2 cups boiling water
- 2 cups frozen raspberries
For The Jello
- Dissolve jello in boiling water.
- Stir in raspberries then refrigerate for 1½ hours until partially set.
For The Crust
- In a small bowl, mix pretzels, sugar, and butter together.
- Press firmly into a 13×9 baking dish and bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
For The Filling
- Beat cream cheese, cool whip, and sugar together.
- Spread over cooled pretzel crust.
- Place in the fridge until cool.
- Spoon jello mixture over cream cheese fully. Spread evenly.
- Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 4-6 hours until firm.
Here are a couple pics that are the perfect size for pinning to your favorite dessert boards on Pinterest.