Strawberry and Blueberry Pretzel Salad

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Crunchy pretzels and a creamy filling are topped with piles of strawberries and blueberries making this Strawberry and Blueberry Pretzel Salad our favorite dessert for summer!

{No-Bake} Berry Pretzel Dessert! get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

Several years ago, my aunt introduced me to the ever-popular Strawberry Pretzel Salad. I’d never even heard of it before and I fell in love with it from the very first bite.

I think I may have eaten 3 servings that day, including choosing it over pie for dessert!

Strawberry Pretzel “Salad” isn’t a salad at all. It’s a layered dessert that starts with a pretzel crust, then a sweet cream cheese and cool whip layer, and it’s topped with a strawberry jello layer.

Strawberry and Blueberry Pretzel Salad

Aunt Judy’s Strawberry Pretzel Salad is absolutely delicious and no one can ever resist a slice of it. This Berry Pretzel Dessert is my twist on that recipe.

Made without cool whip or jello, this dessert is a much less sweet, but still completely irresistible cousin to the original.

It starts with a pretzel crust that is layered with a lightly sweetened creamy filling. Topped with an abundance of fresh berries, I found myself going back for sliver after sliver all night long.

Crunchy pretzels and a creamy filling are topped with piles of strawberries and blueberries making this Berry Pretzel Dessert a favorite dessert for summer! get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

No Bake Strawberry Pretzel Dessert

Kitchen Tip: I use this spatula and this dish to make this recipe.

  1. Finely crush the pretzels in a food processor, blender, or with a rolling pin in a heavy zip-close bag. Place the crumbs in a medium-size mixing bowl.
  2. Add the melted butter and brown sugar and stir to combine. Press the crust mixture into the bottom of an 8×8 pan.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese and sugar. Beat until combined, about 2 minutes. Add the heavy cream, vanilla extract, and salt.
  4. Beat until smooth and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Pour over the crust and smooth with a spatula.
  5. Top generously with berries. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving. 

I loved the crumbling crust with bits of crunchy pretzels throughout, but if you prefer a more traditional crumb crust (that will also be more easily sliced) be sure to grind every bit of the pretzels into fine crumbs.

No Bake Berry Pretzel Dessert

Strawberry Blueberry Recipes

I simply can’t get enough of all the fresh berries this summer! Fresh strawberries and blueberries are tossed in a light balsamic vinaigrette and then sprinkled with fresh basil to make this Balsamic Berry Salad.

Strawberry Spinach Pasta Salad with an abundance of berries, fresh spinach, chewy pasta, and a bright, sweet, light dressing is an unexpected and delicious cold pasta salad.

This Strawberry Blueberry Banana Smoothie brings summertime straight to your glass. Sweet and creamy, this good-for-you smoothie is an easy way to start your day or refuel in the afternoon.

For a few more berry desserts, try the Berry Hand Pies by Saving Dessert, the No Bake Berry Almond Tart by Recipe Girl, and this Red White and Blue Berry Delight by 365 Days of Baking.

Warm Berry Sauce poured over cold ice cream is truly one of my favorite desserts. I make this sauce year-round and every time I serve it, it gets raves.

This simple berry sauce might be the simplest recipe I keep in my dessert recipe notebook. I scribbled it out on a scrap of paper about 15 years ago while I was visiting a friend and I’ve been making it ever since.

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Berry Pretzel Dessert

{No Bake} Berry Pretzel Dessert

4.80 from 5 votes
Crunchy pretzels and a creamy filling are topped with piles of strawberries and blueberries making this Berry Pretzel Dessert our favorite dessert for summer!
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Servings: 9 -12 servings

Ingredients 

Crust Ingredients

  • 3 cups miniature pretzel twists
  • cup melted butter
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar

Filling Ingredients

  • 16 ounces cream cheese
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • cups chopped fresh strawberries for topping
  • cups fresh blueberries for topping

Instructions

  • Finely crush the pretzels in a food processor, blender, or with a rolling pin in a heavy zip-close bag. Place the crumbs in a medium-size mixing bowl.
  • Add the melted butter and brown sugar and stir to combine. Press the crust mixture into the bottom of an 8×8 pan.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese and sugar. Beat until combined, about 2 minutes. Add the heavy cream, vanilla extract, and salt.
  • Beat until smooth and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Pour over the crust and smooth with a spatula.
  • Top generously with berries. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving. Enjoy!

Notes

I loved the crumbling crust with bits of crunchy pretzels throughout, but if you prefer a more traditional crumb crust (that will also be more easily sliced) be sure to grind every bit of the pretzels into fine crumbs.
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{originally published 6/28/16 – recipe notes and photos updated 6/17/22}

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Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Cathy T says

    This is the best recipe yet! Didn’t have brown sugar, white worked just fine. I loved not using the gelatin, as some recipes use, so much lighter and yummy!5 stars

  2. Mona says

    This is a great dessert. Thank you for sharing it.

    I did have to make a few slight adjustments the second time around that I would recommend others to consider:

    1. The pretzels are salty so I would use unsalted butter for the crust.
    2. The cream cheese (I got from a trader Joes) is also salty, so I would omit the salt in the cream cheese frosting.

    The first time I made it, we found the frosting to be too salty and I had to add lemon juice, extra powdered sugar and lemon zest to try to take from the saltiness.

    Take that issue away and it’s a perfect summertime dessert recipe that kids and adults will love.4 stars

  3. Stephanie says

    How long in advance can I make this? We’re having company tomorrow, and I’d love to be able to make it today, if possible.

    Thank you for sharing this. Looks delicious.

  4. Stephanie says

    Very good recipe! I made it for tomorrow, but I sampled as I went a long. I added a little less salt than called for, but other than that I followed the recipe as instructed. Delicious!5 stars