Raspberry Pretzel Salad

 Perfectly sweet and just a little bit salty, this Raspberry Pretzel Salad will have your taste buds pining for more!

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There’s just something about salty sweet desserts that gets me every time. Especially desserts like this Raspberry Pretzel Salad.  This recipe has been around FOREVER and it’s one of my favorites.   It’s perfect for pretty much any occasion and since it’s made with frozen raspberries, you can make it year-round.

I love that this dessert starts with a pretzel crust.  You don’t find those very often and at first glance, this dessert looks like it’s built on a standard graham cracker crust. Not so my friends!

The salty pretzel crust is topped with an amazingly creamy layer made with cream cheese and Cool Whip. You can always sub in whipped cream if you want.  It just takes a little longer.

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The next layer is the raspberry Jello layer and it adds such a punch of flavor and sweetness to the salad. This also happens to be Reece’s and Bryce’s favorite layer.  Mine too, now that I think about it :) That bright color is what makes this dessert so much fun!

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I took my old recipe and lightened it up a bit and then added a layer of Cool Whip and a sprinkle of crushed pretzels to the top.  I think it’s just the update this Raspberry Pretzel Salad needed.  This salad is so much fun and you’re going to love the sweet and salty combo!

This dessert salad is the perfect make-ahead dessert for any occasion…especially a baby shower!

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I’m so excited to be part of this baby shower for my girl Lisa.  She is the SWEETEST most AMAZING person and I am just thrilled that she and her family will be welcoming a new little bundle of joy into their family very soon.  Please join us in celebrating a virtual baby show from Lisa of Wine and Glue. If you didn’t know already, it’s a girl!

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Raspberry Pretzel Salad
Serves: 24 servings
  • 1¾ cup crushed pretzels
  • ¾ cup butter, melted
  • 3 Tbls sugar
  • 8 oz light cream cheese
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 8 oz containers Cool Whip (I used lite)
  • 1 5.9 oz package Raspberry Jello
  • 2 cups water
  • 16 oz frozen raspberries
  • additional pretzels to crush for topping
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix pretzels, melted butter and sugar together.
  3. Press into a lightly greased 9x13 baking dish and bake for 10 minutes. Let cool.
  4. Whip cream cheese until light and fluffy.
  5. Beat in sugar.
  6. Stir in one 8 oz container of Cool Whip until thoroughly combined.
  7. Spread over cooled pretzel crust.
  8. Bring two cups of water to a boil. Dissolve Jello in water.
  9. Stir in frozen raspberries. Let mixture become partially jellied before pouring over cream cheese mixture.
  10. Chill until firm and set.
  11. Top with remaining Cool Whip.
  12. Sprinkle on crushed pretzels and serve.

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  1. Thank you Trish!! This was such a great surprise to wake up to!! And this looks amazing! I LOVE myself a pretzel crust :)
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  2. Trish, this is one of my all time favorite desserts! Love your twist on it… So perfect for Easter!
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  3. Trish this looks amazing! I have never had anything like this!
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  4. LOVE the sweet and salty! this is just stunning Trish
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  5. I love all things sweet and salty! This looks amazing!!
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  6. Yum! I love pretzel salads like this! Pinned!

  7. Looks amazing- images are stunning as always. I have to ask – how on earth do you get your pieces cut so clean every time?
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  8. Oh Trish! You know the way to my heart… pretzels, cream cheese, and cool whip. Can’t go wrong there!!!!
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  9. Congrats to Lisa! I’ve had raspberry pretzel salad on my bucket list forever and I’ve yet to make it. This looks so great!
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  10. Beautiful, just beautiful! I love the flavor combination and the lightness of it!
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  11. Salty, sweet, creamy? I’m in! I tried making a random strawberry pretzel salad recipe once, and I totally messed it up. So, I need to give this idea another shot with a recipe that I can trust!
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    • Yes give this one a try Kate! It’s super easy and the part where people get messed up is in not letting the jello layer “gel” a bit before pouring it in. If it’s liquid it will just seep through that cream cheese layer and cause a total mess. That’s one of the reasons I added that top layer so it’s all smooth and pretty :)

  12. Trish, this looks so delicious and it reminds me of summer, pretzel salad is one of my all time favorite summer dish! Pinned :)
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  13. A pretzel crust — that’s something I really need to try! I love sweet-and-salty combinations, so it’s crazy I haven’t tried a pretzel crust yet. Definitely going on my Need to Make List, thanks to you! :)
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  14. You know I have never tried a pretzel salad?? But this one looks amazing- I love the raspberries in it! :) Pinning.
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  15. I have a weak spot for the sweet and salty craze. I have not had this salad for maybe 15-20 years. Thanks for the fun reminder and a great Easter favorite as well.
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  16. Salty sweet combo’s win every time! I love that pretzel crust and using raspberries was such a fabulous idea!
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  17. Nothing beats salty and sweet….and I love the combo of pretzels and raspberries! I would definitely go for this at a shower :) Happy to celebrate Lisa with you!
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  18. This salad looks so refreshing for a warm spring day. I make a similar recipe with lime jello and pineapple. I will have to try this one next. Thanks for sharing on Marvelous Mondays.

  19. This raspberry pretzel salad has my mouth watering!! I love the pretzel crust paired with the sweet layers. Sweet and salty is where it’s at!! :)

  20. love the twist on a classic dessert and your version looks amazing! So so good! Checking out this sweet delight from the whimsey Wednesday link party!

  21. LOVE this recipe, Trish! The sweet and salty combination is one of my favs!
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  22. *eek* I LOVE strawberry pretzel salad, so I can’t wait to try this! :-) Thanks for joining the Pinworthy Projects party!
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  23. Might I suggest adding a can of drained crushed pineapple to the cream cheese layer. That is the only difference between this recipe and my mom’s and every time I make it, everyone raves about it!

  24. Salena Nichols says:

    I have the crust in the oven and it is very mushy. Could the reason be that I live at 8500 feet elevation? Maybe too much butter? I followed the measurements on the recipe.

  25. 9×13 pan seems to big. I have tried before an not enough cream layer so jello sets on bottom. Are you sure it is not a 9×9 square pan

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