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Peach Pretzel Jello Salad

Peach Pretzel Jello Salad – A Sweet and Salty Delight

Peach Pretzel Jello Salad is a unique and delightful dish that perfectly balances sweet and salty flavors. This dessert salad combines a crunchy pretzel crust, a creamy and tangy cream cheese layer, and a refreshing peach and gelatin topping. It’s a crowd-pleaser at potlucks, barbecues, or as a sweet ending to any meal. Let’s dive into this scrumptious recipe!

Ingredients:

For the Pretzel Crust:

  • 2 cups pretzels, crushed into small pieces
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar

For the Cream Cheese Layer:

  • 1 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups whipped topping (like Cool Whip)

For the Peach Jello Layer:

  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 (6 oz) package peach-flavored gelatin
  • 1 (16 oz) package frozen sliced peaches, slightly thawed

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Prepare the Pretzel Crust:
    • In a mixing bowl, combine the crushed pretzels, melted butter, and 3 tablespoons of sugar. Mix until the pretzels are evenly coated.
    • Press the pretzel mixture into the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish. Make sure it forms an even layer.
  3. Bake the Crust:
    • Bake the pretzel crust in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes or until it’s set. Remove it from the oven and let it cool completely.
  4. Prepare the Cream Cheese Layer:
    • In a separate bowl, beat the softened cream cheese and 1 cup of sugar until smooth.
    • Gently fold in the whipped topping until well combined.
  5. Layer the Cream Cheese Mixture:
    • Spread the cream cheese mixture over the cooled pretzel crust. Make sure it reaches the edges to seal the crust.
  6. Make the Peach Jello Layer:
    • In a heatproof bowl, dissolve the peach gelatin in 2 cups of boiling water. Stir until completely dissolved.
    • Add the slightly thawed frozen sliced peaches (with the juice) to the gelatin mixture. Stir to combine.
  7. Chill and Set:
    • Carefully pour the peach gelatin mixture over the cream cheese layer.
    • Refrigerate the dish for at least 4 hours or until the gelatin is set.
  8. Serve and Enjoy:
    • Cut the Peach Pretzel Jello Salad into squares and serve chilled. Enjoy the delightful combination of sweet peaches, creamy cheese, and salty pretzels.

Cook’s Notes:

  • Frozen vs. Fresh Peaches: You can use fresh peaches when they’re in season. Simply peel, slice, and use them in place of frozen peaches.
  • Slightly Thawed Peaches: The slight thawing of frozen peaches helps them mix better with the gelatin.
  • Crushing Pretzels: You can crush the pretzels in a food processor or place them in a zip-top bag and crush them with a rolling pin.

Peach Pretzel Jello Salad is a delightful combination of textures and flavors that will satisfy your sweet tooth and offer a pleasant contrast of salty pretzels. It’s a classic recipe that’s perfect for gatherings and special occasions. Enjoy! 🍑🥨🍰😋

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