Tuesday, June 28, 2016

{No Bake} Berry Pretzel Dessert

{No-Bake} Berry Pretzel Dessert! get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com
Crunchy pretzels and a creamy filling are topped with piles of strawberries and blueberries making this Berry Pretzel Dessert our favorite dessert for summer!

Several years ago, my aunt introduced me to the ever-popular Strawberry Pretzel Salad. (If you aren’t familiar with it, just google it and you’ll see it is well-known and well-loved.) 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. It 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.

COOK'S NOTE: 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
Yield: 9-12 servings
(printable recipe)

Crust Ingredients:
3 cups miniature pretzel twists
1/3 cup melted butter
1/4 cup light brown sugar

Filling Ingredients:
16 ounces cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Topping Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups chopped fresh strawberries
1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries

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 8x8 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!

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

Here are some more berry desserts you might like:
Berry Hand Pies by Saving Dessert
Blackberry Coconut Crisp by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Red White and Blue Berry Delight by 365 Days of Baking
Simple Berry Sauce by Barefeet In The Kitchen

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