Saturday, December 26, 2015

An Old Family Christmas Tradition


We used to make this dessert most Christmases and sometimes we would make it on the holidays. It just has that holiday feeling to it and brings back good memories. It's tasty stuff to boot! Oh, and while the name of the recipe may say otherwise, this is no salad.

Pretzel Layered Salad


2 cups pretzels, crushed
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup melted butter
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
12 oz. Cool Whip
6 oz. raspberry Jell-O
3 cups boiling water
8 1/4 oz. crushed pineapple, well drained
1 pkg. frozen raspberries, unthawed


Mix pretzels, sugar, and butter. Press into 9x13 pan. Bake 400 degrees F. for 5 minutes. Cool. Mix cream cheese, sugar, and Cool Whip. Fold in pineapple. Spread mixture on crust. Dissolve Jell-O in boiling water. Add frozen berries. Let set until syrupy. Pour over cream cheese mix. Refrigerate until set.

Source: Who knows? I've seen this just about everywhere. So many people have some version or another of this recipe. Most recipes use frozen strawberries and strawberry Jell-O, but we prefer raspberries in this recipe.

Notes: This is just so good. It is best the very first day. It's still good the second day, but after that, the pretzel crust starts to get soggy and it goes downhill fast...but it's good while it lasts!


  1. It's amazing to me that you like this because you are not keen on Jello, but this is really good. Easter?

  2. This looks very tasty indeed! Might have to print this one for future use...