Chocolate Chip Strawberry Pretzel Dessert Squares

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If you love Strawberry Pretzel Salad, you need Chocolate Chip Strawberry Pretzel Dessert Squares in your life.

This dessert has long been a favorite of mine, but I’d seen it around on the internet in varying forms, and never wanted to just spin the wheel. When I teamed up with Kraft to shares some of their recipes, it was the perfect time to share my recipe for Chocolate Chip Strawberry Pretzel Dessert Squares.

chocolate chip strawberry pretzel dessert squares

If you’ve never had strawberry pretzel salad, you MUST give it a try.  Something about the pretzel crust, the cream cheese center, and the jell-o on top make is an amazing combination!  Although some people call it a “salad” (of the fruit variety),  and you can call it that if it makes you feel better, but it’s more of a dessert in my mind.  Either way, it is a great side dish for a holiday meal.

Did you see the other Kraft recipe I shared yesterday? This Boston Cream Cake, SOOO yum!

Strawberry Pretzel Dessert is a great recipe for cooking with kids.

And of course my little bakers were fabulous assistants

Cooking with Kids - Cutting strawberries and crushing pretzels

Cooking with kids in the kitchen

Here is a little step by step of the layered process:

How to make a strawberry pretzel salad

I’ve made this many times before, and followed varying recipes, but THIS one is the only one where the jello didn’t seep down to make the pretzels soggy. I never knew what I was doing wrong, and now I get it. Once the jell-o is mixed, you have to let it set for over an hour before pouring it on top of the cream cheese layer. I had no idea! I always just let it cool, but it never set. SO glad for this tip in this recipe!

chocolate strawberry pretzel dessert squares

Chocolate Strawberry Pretzel Dessert Recipe

Chocolate Chip Strawberry Pretzel Dessert Squares
The sweet and salty and crunchy flavors in this salad dessert are so unique and delicious.
Course: salad or dessert
Author: Kristen Duke
  • 2 cups finely crushed pretzels
  • 1/2 cup sugar divided
  • 2/3 cup butter or margarine melted
  • 1-1/2 pkg. 8 oz. each PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
  • 2 Tbsp. milk
  • 1 cup thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 pkg. 6 oz. JELL-O Strawberry Flavor Gelatin
  • 1-1/2 cups cold water
  • 4 cups fresh strawberries sliced
  • 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  1. HEAT oven to 350°F.
  2. MIX pretzel crumbs, 1/4 cup sugar and butter; press onto bottom of 13x9-inch pan. Bake 10 min. Cool.
  3. BEAT cream cheese, remaining sugar and milk with mixer until blended. Stir in COOL WHIP; spread over crust.
  4. Top with 1/4 cup chocolate chips.
  5. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  6. ADD boiling water to gelatin mix in large bowl; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved. Stir in cold water. Refrigerate 1-1/2 hours or until thickened. Stir in berries; spoon over cream cheese layer.
  7. Top with 1/4 chocolate chips
  8. REFRIGERATE 3 hours or until firm.


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Check out this quick video and see for yourself how easy it is to make this delicious strawberry pretzel dessert!

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