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Raspberry Pretzel Jello Salad

Every holiday season, Rachael would tell me about a delicious Raspberry Pretzel Jello salad that she makes for her family get-togethers. I mocked her mercilessly. After years of harassment from me, she laid down the gauntlet, “I’m bringing the Raspberry Pretzel Jello to your BBQ. You’re going to eat it.”

Fast forward to the BBQ and I rolled my eyes as she unveiled the dish. I took a bite. Then another.



“I am embarrassed by how much I love this.”

I made her leave the leftovers and ate all of them later than night while standing in front of the fridge.

My point is that, if you’re like me and roll your eyes at the thought of Jello salad, then get right over it and make this. If you love Jello salad, then let me apologize for being a snotty ass about the whole thing. I’ve seen the error of my ways.


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

Raspberry Jello Pretzel Salad


  • 2 Cups Crushed Pretzels (can use gluten free pretzels to substitute)
  • 3/4 Cup Melted Butter
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar

Combine pretzels, butter and sugar. Press into 9×13 baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Cool to room temperature.

Raspberry Jello Pretzel Salad

White Layer

  • 1, 8-Ounce Container of Cool Whip 
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 8 oz. Cream Cheese

Cream together cream cheese and sugar. Fold in Cool Whip. Spread over cooled pretzel crust.

Raspberry Jello Pretzel Salad

Red Layer

  • 6 oz. Package Raspberry (or Strawberry) Jell-O (or 2, 3 oz. packs)
  • 2 C. Boiling Water
  • 1, 16 oz. Package Frozen Raspberries (or Strawberries)

Dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Stir in frozen berries, chill until partially set (about 1 hour). Spread over white layer.

Raspberry Jello Pretzel Salad

Chill until set and serve!

Raspberry Pretzel Jello Salad

PIN THIS ONE FOR LATER! You’re gonna want to keep it handy!

Raspberry Pretzel Jell-O Salad

You will be the hero of any family party with this dish!

Raspberry Pretzel Jello Salad


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Comments (20)

  1. Pingback: 20 Deliciously Sweet JELL-O Dessert Recipes - Mom Gab

  2. Susan 12/31/2016 at 10:22 am

    Why is it these sites make it like a scavenger hut to get the recipes, just ridiculous!!

  3. Lady sidewinder 11/26/2016 at 11:40 am

    Can you use seedless raspberry jam to avoid the seeds in the fresh berries?

  4. Christine J 11/07/2016 at 11:19 am

    Thanks for the recipe! In the video it shows they used powdered sugar in the filling but the recipe states to use regular sugar. Which is correct?

  5. Sherri Boekweg 10/11/2016 at 3:07 pm

    Where do you find a 9-oz container of Cool Whip? The only ones I find are 8-oz or 12-oz. Can I just use an 8-oz container in this recipe?

  6. Kathy Evans 09/15/2016 at 2:52 pm

    I have been making this yummy salad for the holidays since 1976. There is one difference in the recipe I have been using—–in the white cream cheese/Cool Whip layer there is some crushed pineapple added also. A lot of people have actually thought it was actually a dessert.

  7. Linda O'Brien 07/17/2016 at 7:07 am

    I make this only for my top layer I use a can of pie filling any flavor work

  8. joye 02/25/2016 at 2:11 pm

    It’s even better with black raspberry jello.

  9. Linda J Reed 12/25/2015 at 10:53 am

    This was so quick and easy to prepare, hoping it tastes as good as it looks! (crushed pretzels in a plastic Ziploc bag, worked great and no mess). Thank you for this recipe!

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  11. Shaleese 11/26/2015 at 9:27 am

    ive had your recipe pinned for quite awhile, I’m not sure why it was rewritten, luckily I found a screen shot of the original before i screwed mine up, it didn’t sound right as I was making it. Each section on this is different from the original. The water as mentioned, but it’s also powdered sugar not regular in the filling. Less pretzels and less sugar in the crust.

  12. Rosalinda 11/25/2015 at 9:28 pm

    Glad I read the comments and made it with 2cups if water.. ThNks got mentioning it…

  13. Katherine 11/25/2015 at 10:24 am

    The Raspberry Pretzel Salad looks so good, I’m going to try it for Thanksgiving

  14. LadyRavn 11/12/2015 at 7:12 pm

    Why do you not use raspberry jello?

    • Nikki 11/25/2015 at 4:13 pm

      It says raspberry or strawberry……

  15. Erin Zwahlen 11/22/2011 at 3:28 pm

    My best friend has made this for years.It’s dangerous the mixture of salty, creamy and sweet I can’t stop. Now I might have to make it for Thanksgiving.

  16. CoolPlaygroundMommy 11/21/2011 at 8:43 am

    I love this jello dessert! My mom used to make this!