2 cups crushed pretzels*
1/4 cup sugar
2/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
1 8 oz.brick of cream cheese, softened
2 Tbsp. milk
1/4 cup sugar
12 oz thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
2 cups boiling water
1 6 oz package raspberry or strawberry Jello
1-1/2 cups cold water
4 cups fresh sliced fresh strawberries, or 2 cups whole raspberries
Heat oven to 350°F. Add crushed pretzels, 1/4 cup sugar and butter to a medium bowl. Mix gently until pretzels are moistened with butter. Press onto bottom of 13×9-inch pan. Bake for about 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.
In a medium bowl (you can just rinse and dry the bowl you used for the pretzels), beat cream cheese, remaining sugar and milk with an electric mixer until blended. Fold in COOL WHIP with a silicon spatula and spread over crust. Refrigerate until ready
In a large bowl combine boiling water and Jello mix. Stir until completely dissolved – about 2 minutes. Stir in cold water. Refrigerate about 1 hour, or until thickened. Then pour over cream mixture. You can add your berries at this point. OR, you can refridgerate for another hour, and then hand place all the berries, so they are uniformally distributed, and as I tell Momma Lynn, they look Hella Fancy 😉
Refrigerate 3 hours or until firm. Cut into squares, or spoon out to serve.
*Cooks Tip: DO NOT USE ROLD GOLD PRETZELS! I don’t know why ANYONE likes Rold Gold Pretzels. They are not nearly salty enough, and they don’t make your mouth water the way a good pretzel should.** For this recipe, and a good pretzel, Snyders of Hanover is a good bet.
**Why do pretzels taste like pretzels? You know that mouth-feel you get when you put a pretzel on your tongue? It’s like a mouth water, but it kind of makes your tongue pucker? Yeah, that’s a good feeling… Man, I love pretzels. Anyway! That mouth-feel comes from a spritz of sodium carbonate, also called “washing soda”, or lye, on the raw pretzel dough after it’s formed, but before it’s baked or boiled. That’s what gives a soft pretzel such an awesome crust, and makes a pretzel taste like a pretzel!
For more information about how amazing pretzels are, check out this article.