Strawberry Pecan Pretzel Salad is one of the MOST POPULAR recipes. It’s cool and creamy with caramelized brown sugar pretzels and diced strawberries. There won’t be any leftovers of this dessert salad!
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One of my family’s favorite salads for holidays, family meals and even birthdays is Strawberry Pretzel Salad.
This is a sweet salad so we often serve it with the desserts rather than the meal. Usually one of my sister’s make the pretzel salad so this was my first time.
I decided to add pecans and brown sugar to the recipe and I love how it turned out!
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How To Make Strawberry Pecan Pretzel Salad
Mix together chopped pretzels, chopped pecans, brown sugar, and melted butter.
Spread on a large baking sheet with sides (I used my jelly roll pan) and bake at 400 degrees for 7 minutes.
All of the mixture to cool and then break it into small pieces.
Dice three cups of strawberries and set them aside.
Beat together softened cream cheese, granulated sugar, and vanilla.
Fold in whipped topping.
Before serving, stir the diced strawberries and sugared pretzels and pecans into the cream cheese mixture.
Spoon into a serving dish.
Strawberry Pecan Pretzel Salad Recipe Tips and FAQs
1. Can whipped cream be used instead of Cool Whip? Yes, you will need three cups of whipped cream.
2. Can this pretzel salad recipe be made without the chopped pecans? Yes, you can swap the chopped pecan with more chopped pretzels.
3. Do I measure before or after chopping? The chopped pretzels, chopped pecans, and diced strawberries are all measured after chopping them.
4. How fine should the pretzels be chopped? They are roughly chopped to that the pieces are small enough to be eaten in one bite but big enough so that you get a good crunch.
5. My sugared pecans and pretzels are too mushy/oily. What went wrong? They probably need to be baked longer but watch so that it doesn’t burn. It’s almost like making toffee and every oven is different. Even the pan you use can make a difference in how things cook.
6. How can this recipe be made ahead of time? To make it ahead of time leave the cream cheese mixture, diced strawberries, and sugared pretzels separate. Mix them together before serving.
7. Will the leftovers be good? No the leftovers of this salad end up getting watery and the pretzels get soggy. It’s best to enjoy right after mixing it up.
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Strawberry Pecan Pretzel Salad
- Mix together crushed pretzels, chopped pecans, brown sugar and melted butter.
- Spread on a large baking sheet with sides (I used my jelly roll pan) and bake at 400 degrees for 7 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool and then break it into small pieces. Set aside.
- Beat together softened cream cheese, granulated sugar, and vanilla.
- Fold in the cool whip. Cover and store in the fridge.
- Before serving, stir the diced strawberries and sugared pretzels and pecans into the cream cheese mixture.
Updated from original post shared November 2014
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