This is an oldie but goodie my family has been enjoying for generations. With strawberry season in full swing (at least here in Kentucky it is,) it’s also a great way to celebrate nature’s goodness!
2 cups pretzels, crushed
1 medium container of Cool Whip
2 cup hot water
1 stick butter
1 package (16 ounces) cream cheese
2 cups of fresh (or frozen, thawed strawberries)
1 cup sugar
1 large package of strawberry Jello
Melt butter. Cool slightly. Mix crushed pretzels and butter. Spread even layer of pretzel mix across the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch pan.
Bake pretzel layer for 6 minutes at 400°. Remove and cool on baking rack.
Mix together sugar, Cool Whip and cream cheese.
Spread over cooled pretzel mix. (Be sure to completely cover pretzel layer with cream cheese mix. If there are gaps or holes in this layer, the Jello will leak through make the pretzels soggy.)
Slice or quarter strawberries. Set aside.
Dissolve Jello in hot water. Allow to cool until partially set.
Add sliced strawberries to partially set Jello.
Pour Jello and strawberry mix our over cream cheese mix layer.
Refrigerate until Jello is completely set. I like to make this the day before an event to ensure it is well set and nicely chilled.
Serve and enjoy!
Optional: Garnish with strawberry slices and whip cream.