Strawberry Pretzel Dessert (no Cool whip or Jello)

This amazing twist on the strawberry pretzel salad makes this recipe into an amazing sweet and salty dessert without cool whip and no Jell-o. This is a great summer dessert recipe.
Strawberry Pretzel Dessert Recipe without highly processed cool whip and no artificially flavored and colored jello! So refreshing and yummy, the perfect summer dessert recipes


One of my favorite dishes is the Strawberry Pretzel Salad.



I love the sweet and salty contrast – it’s amazing! But as we were working on getting rid of highly processed food and food dyes I wanted to make a strawberry pretzel dessert with no cool whop and no Jell-O.



This recipe does justice to the classic recipe without the guilt. YUMMY!


Pretzel Crust Recipe

I love this slightly salty pretzel crust recipe. It add such a great sweet and salty contrast to most desserts.

make the pretzel crust in a food processor

Start by grinding up pretzels in a food processor until you have about 2 cups.

pretzel dessert crust recipe

Now add 3 Tablespoons sugar and 1/2 cup softened butter.

easy to make pretzel crust recipe

When it is well combined press into the bottom of a pie pan. It should be easy to press together.

strawberry dessert recipe

This strawberry pretzel dessert is perfect for summer when you have tons of delicious, seasonal, and inexpensive strawberries. Wash and remove the hull of a container of strawberries.

use a food processor until the strawberries are smooth

Put them in the food processor until smooth.

cream sugar, strawberries and cream cheese

Once the strawberries are smooth, add in 1 cup granulated sugar and 8 oz cream cheese until well blended.

Note: If you want an extra intense read color try using this natural food coloring that doesn’t use food dye.

make your own whipping cream

In a large bowl pour not quite one pint of heavy whipping cream. Using beaters whip until you get a firm consistency. (Don’t whip too much or it will get runny again)

now add the pureed strawberries into the homemade whipping cream

Now add the pureed strawberries into the heavy whipping cream and mix until combined.

spoon strawberry mixture into pretzel crust

Spoon strawberry mixture into the pretzel crust. (you are going to love the sweet and salty combination).

strawberry pretzel dessert without coolwhip or jello

Put pie in the freeze for about 30 minutes or until set. (although frozen would be good too)

yummy summer dessert recipe

The pieces should easily cut and pop out onto plates. This stuff is A-MA-ZING!

Strawberry Pretzel Dessert

  • 2 cups crushed pretzels
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 quart strawberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream

Using a food processor combine pretzels, 3 Tab. sugar and butter; press into pie pan. Puree strawberries, sugar and cream cheese; add to whipped heaving whipping cream until thick. Pour into crust and freeze 30 minutes or until set.

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Beth Gorden
Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is a homeschooling mother of six who strives to enjoy every moment with her kids through hands-on learning, crafts, new experiences, and lots of playing together. Beth is also the creator and author of 123 Homeschool 4 Me where she shares 1000+ free printables, creative homeschool lessons, crafts, and other fun ideas to help preschool and homeschooling families have fun while learning and exploring together.