My mom has been making this Jello for years. And I assure you it’s an excellent dessert despite the fact that it’s lacking chocolate. Chocolate is my all time favorite ingredient. In my opinion, sweets aren’t even worth indulging in unless they’re uber chocolatey. But what it lacks in chocolate it makes up for with cream cheese.
Because the crust consists of crushed pretzels, sugar and butter it’s a perfect balance of sweet and salty. One of the best things about this recipe is that you can use frozen strawberries and you’d have no idea they’re not fresh. That way it’s great and inexpensive year round.
2 cups pretzels, crushed
3 tablespoons sugar
¾ cup melted butter
1 8-ounce cream cheese, softened
8 ounces Cool Whip
2 small pkgs. strawberry Jello
2 8-ounce pkgs. frozen strawberries
½ cup sugar
Mix crushed pretzels, melted butter and 3 tablespoons sugar together and press in bottom of 9×13 inch pan. Bake 8-10 minutes at 400 degrees F. Allow time to Cool.
Beat cream cheese and ½ cup sugar and Cool Whip. Spread over cooled pretzel crust and chill. Dissolve Jello in boiling water. Add sliced strawberries. Place Jello in the refrigerator for 10 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Pour over cream cheese layer. Keep in refrigerator until ready to serve.
Source: Adapted from Cooks.com