Strawberry Pretzel Pie for #SundaySupper

This Strawberry Pretzel Pie takes me straight back to childhood church potlucks at Grandma’s house. Someone always, and I do mean always brought Jello. Whether it was Jello pie, Jello cake, Jello Salad (made with Cola!) or just a fancy Jello mold with chopped fruit and nuts in it. This was the 70’s after all. Jello was practically it’s own food group. Can I just mention, this was before the “Jello Jiggler” craze too. Suddenly I feel very old.

Strawberry Pretzel Pie

I haven’t made Jello in a long time. Two years ago I made Sea Glass Jello and that was fun! Since then, though… nothing. I’m not sure why.

When I was thinking about #SundaySupper and our favorite Potluck recipes, this Strawberry Pretzel Pie kept sneaking to the edges of my mind. Perhaps because it reminds me of my Grandma and being a new grandma myself is making me nostalgic for simpler times. The big church potlucks, hot summer afternoons, people gathered around tables and tables full of food, everyone laughing, sharing stories and enjoying each others company! I miss that.

Strawberry Pretzel Pie

You can bet we’ll be making this over and over again the summer. If for no other reason than to celebrate Grandmas and potlucks and the by-gone age when Jello was a thing!

Strawberry Pretzel Pie

Strawberry Pretzel Pie for #SundaySupper

A triple-layer of strawberry, cheesecake, pretzel crust goodness to bring to your next potluck!

  • 1 1/2 cups pretzels, crushed
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 ( 8 oz each ) pkgs cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1 ( 8 oz ) container Cool-Whip, thawed
  • 1 ( 6 oz ) package Strawberry flavored Jello
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 cups frozen strawberries ( I used whole strawberries, but in hindsight sliced berries would be better!)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Spray a 8-9 inch springform pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside. (You can also use a 9 x 13 square pan or a deep dish pie pan would be lovely too)

In a bowl, mix together pretzel crumbs, 1/4 cup of the sugar and the melted butter.

Gently press pretzel crumb mixture into the bottom of the springform pan and bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown.

Remove from oven and allow to cool for at least 20 minutes.

In the bowl of your mixer, beat the remaining 1 cup sugar and cream cheese bricks until smooth.

Fold in Cool Whip and mix to combine.

Spread mixture evenly over cooled crust and place in the refrigerator to set, at least 30 minutes.

In another bowl, combine Jello mix and boiling water. Stir until Jello is completely dissolved. Add frozen berries and stir until thawed, about 5 minutes. The water from the frozen berries will release into the Jello making it a bit looser. This is what you want!

Carefully pour Jello mixture over cream cheese mixture and then return to the refrigerator to chill until completely set - at least 1 - 2 hours.

To unmold, release the sides of the springform pan and gently run a butter knife between the pie and the edge of the pan. It should release easily.

Slice and serve with more whip cream on the top and any extra berries!

A few notes on this recipe: After I stirred the frozen berries and they were thawed, I took them out of the Jello and arranged them on top of the cream cheese before pouring the rest of the Jello over it. This would have been great if the strawberries were completely submerged in the Jello, but some of mine were too large and were poking out of the top of the Jello pie. Not the prettiest thing, so use strawberry slices and save yourself the trouble! It will still look gorgeous! I promise!

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Strawberry Pretzel Pie

Strawberry Pretzel Pie

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