My apologies. I don't have the material for a weekend update today. Not a whole lot happened this weekend, and to be honest, I was just down-right lazy. In place of a weekend update I thought a really delicious and "oh so bad for you" dessert would be a fair trade. Because who doesn't love an unhealthy dessert? I don't classify "healthy" as "dessert". Only unhealthy options will do.
We've been making Strawberry Pretzel Salad in my family on holidays and special occasions for decades. It's one of those special treats we only get a couple times a year (or when your husband requests, emphatically, that you make it.) The sweet strawberries paired with the salty and crunchy pretzels makes for a stunning couple. And the cream? It's just icing on the "cake."
2 cups crushed pretzels
3/4 cup melted butter
2 tbsp sugar
Preheat oven to 400. Mix together ingredients and press into the bottom of a 13x9 pan. Bake 8 minutes and then let cool. Once cooled, top with cream...
8 oz cream cheese (softened)
3/4 cup sugar
1 large container of cool whip
Whip ingredients together until creamy and then pour over crust. Spread evenly sealing off all edges around the pan so the jello mixture won't seep though. Let cool for 30 minutes in refrigerator.
The Strawberry Topping:
2 3oz pkgs. of Strawberry Jell-O
2 cups boiling water
2 pkgs. frozen strawberries in syrup
Mix Jell-O powder in boiling water and stir in thawed strawberries and syrup. Spoon strawberries into pan and then lightly pour liquid over top (so as not to break through the cream). Carefully move to refrigerator and cool until firm.