I’m 35 years old but just recently starting to feel like a real adult. Today helped that feeling because ….despite being a little late, I hosted my first family Christmas! My cousins and aunt divvied up the food so basically all I had to prepare was drinks, snacks, and some desserts.
At first I had planned to make my grandmother’s famous jello recipe called Broken Glass. I bought all the required ingredients and was all set to make it….except I started reviewing the recipe late last night and realized it was a 16 hour process. So, instead, I fell back on another famous family recipe Strawberry Pretzel Jello. My mom used to make the pretzel jello all the time for family events and I did try making it maybe 10 years ago and well, it wasn’t good. I was on the phone and not paying attention to what I was doing and forgot to stir the jello so it turned into a big globby mess. Tasted good though! I was a little nervous trying to make this jello again but it ended up working out pretty good!
2 cups crushed pretzels
1.5 sticks of butter melted
8oz container of Cool Whip
8oz block of cream cheese softened
1-3oz box of Strawberry Jell-O
1 cup & 2 tablespoons of sugar
Fresh or frozen strawberries (optional….how every many you want!)
Crush 2 cups of pretzels– I found it easier to put them in a Ziploc bag and use a rolling pin to crush them.
Mix with the crushed pretzels with the melted 1.5 sticks of butter and 2 tablespoons of sugar.
Press down and spread onto the bottom of a 9×13 pan then bake for at least 10 minutes at 375. Pretzels should be toasted looking, but not baked.
While the pretzel mix cools off, using a medium to large sized bowl, mix together the cream cheese and 1 cup of sugar and Cool Whip. When pretzels are cooled down, spread the cream cheese/Cool Whip over the pretzel mix in the pan. Refrigerate the pan 45minutes. This should give the pan time to congeal a little bit so it holds up when you pour the Jell-o over the top.
When time is up, mix your Jell-o packet with a cup of hot water. Don’t make my mistake the first time I made this….STIR WELL!!! If you’re adding fresh or frozen strawberries, now is the time to add them to the gelatin liquid. Refrigerate the Jell-o for 10 minutes then pour over the layers you’ve created thus far.
Throw the entire pan into the refrigerator one more time, this time for at least an hour but the longer its in there the better set the Jell-o will be.
This Jell-o mold turned out to be such a hit that I didn’t even have a chance to take a picture of the finished product! I can guarantee you though that it was delicious! It’s the perfect blend of salty and sweet. Try this out sometime if you’re in need of a quick dessert to bring to a party… I think you’ll like it!