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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Updated from original post shared November 2014
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Chris Wilson says
Is the Copper Country Favorites Cookbook available somewhere?
As far as I can tell it is no longer in print. You may be able to find a used copy somewhere.
Deanna Ankney says
I made snd when I mixed together it turned really soupy. What did I do wrong?
I’m sorry to hear that it didn’t turn out as expected. It could be so many things.
-Maybe the strawberries were still wet or they were really juicy/ripe and added extra liquid? Or maybe the cool whip was mixed in with beaters in rather than folded in and it changed the texture?
-Was it warm in your kitchen? Warmer temps make the cream cheese/cool whip mixture softer.
-Were you able to chill the cream cheese/cool whip mixture before stirring in the strawberries and pecans? Was that mixture thick (almost like a light/airy cheesecake) when you removed it from the refrigerator?
-Did you use full-fat cream cheese and original cool whip? I’ve found that with these dessert salads the full-fat versions get the best results.
Deanna Ankney says
I used fat free cool whip and I folded in the cool whip. Yes strawberries were juicy lol I doubled everything in the recipe and used two 8pz containers of cool whip because 8oz is one cup lol but then read your comments after lol I definitely will make again, we froze the leftovers and we take the bowl out and let sit for 5 minutes and then we can scoop out and it makes a yummy frozen treat lol
Oh that’s such a good idea! Now I’m craving your frozen version!
Can you make the pretzels mix the night before?
Yes you can make the pretzel mix ahead of time!
I’ve usually used fresh strawberries, made it today for Thanksgiving, bought frozen…never again ☹️ Helpful hint: stick with fresh 😏
Janet Ross says
I keep berries, cr cheese and crunchies separately then build parfaits when wanted
How should I store the baked pretzel mixture if I mix individual servings at a time and how long will it keep before becoming gooey?
If you store the candied pretzels in an airtight container they should last a week. And if you mix them into the salad they will start to soften but you can still eat the leftovers the following day.
Diane Lange says
how are you measuring the cool whip? one container is 8 oz which is one cup OR do you put some cool whip in a 1 cup glass measuring cup? I made it with 3 8 oz cool whip and that is a lot of cool whip. I ended up not using all the cool whip cr cheese mixture.
The measurement listed on the Cool Whip container is 8 ounces net weight. If you measure the volume of Cool Whip in the container it is about 3 cups. So I used one 8 oz container of Cool Whip which is equal to 3 cups of Cool Whip.
mollie duvall says
So happy to find this! Strawberry Pretzel Jello Salad was a fixture at Christmas for many years. I had stopped making it because DD and hubby are vegetarian. This way, we can have our salad and eat it, too, LOL!
Debby McCarthy says
Can you use frozen strawberries?
Yes, you can use frozen strawberries. You may need to drain the excess juice from the thawed strawberries before adding them to the salad.
Mary Wallace says
How many does this recipe serve?
It makes about twenty 1/4 cup servings or ten 1/2 cup servings.
I absolutely love this!!!
Fantastic! It continues to be a family favorite for us as well!
Tina Miller says
I have made this dessert dozens of times since I found this recipe. Crowd pleaser every time!
I love desserts that aren’t super sweet! This was just the right amount of sweet and salt. Thanks so much for posting this, it was delicious!
My family requests this from me every single holiday. It is a favorite for sure and we LOVE it!!!
Really watch the pretzel while baking. I burned mine.
PAMELA SCHALK says
Do not make this salad if you expect any leftovers. This salad is so so good. My whole family loves and it and it is now the dish to make . I make most baked pretzels, chopped strawberries , and cream cheese mixture the day before. I do not mix until the next day. I have one dish done except for folding together.
Making this for Thanksgiving tomorrow. Yum! I need some help! So if using whipping cream, is it as simple as dumping in the whipping cream with everything else or do I need to add something to the whipping cream prior to putting everything else in?
Turn the whipping cream into the whipped cream like you normally would and then fold it into the cream cheese mixture.
To make 3 cups of whipped cream, you’ll need 1 1/2 cups of heavy whipping cream. Beat with the whisk attachment, in a chilled bowl, until thickened. Add 2 tbsp of powdered sugar and 1 tsp vanilla. Beat until peaks form.
Is it two cups or three cups of strawberries?
I typically use three cups but have used anywhere from 2-4 cups depending on how many people it needs to serve and how many strawberries I have on hand. Enjoy! ~Tonia