These cute little Strawberry Pretzel Salad Parfaits have the best combo of sweet and salty AND creamy and crunchy in each jar. Such a perfect dessert for spring or summer picnics or dinner parties.
One of the fun things that I get to do as a baker and dessert blogger is to make A LOT of desserts. Now most of the time these desserts are just crazy ideas that I make for our family to enjoy.
Of course, we can’t eat all of the things that I make, so we also share them with friends at our church life groups and Bible studies. This weekend our church is hosting a women’s event, and I have the awesome opportunity to make some desserts and breakfast treats to share.
Can I be honest with you? I am excited, but also very nervous about it. So far we have about 110 ladies signed up. So, that means I better calculate the portions of the things I bring accurately because I don’t want anyone to miss out on these treats.
I’m also nervous about staying on track of making these desserts with my time. I’m not known for being good with time. My catch phrase is, “oh, it will only be 5 minutes”.
The other day we stopped at Michaels, and my husband asked how long I would be because he wanted to stay in the car. Now I honestly was just going in for one thing, so I said 5 minutes.
Haha! He should know better than to believe that because I get side tracked by pretty and fun items very easily. Let’s just say it took me a little more than 20 minutes to get that “one” thing plus a few more things I just had to have. LOL!
Right now I’m all about strawberry desserts. A few weeks ago I made a few batches of this Homemade Strawberry Pie Filling, and I have had fun making a few delicious desserts with it.
This Lemon Strawberry Snack Cake and these Strawberry Cheesecake Brownies are a couple of our favorite ways to use up the extra pie filling. Well, if we have extra that is. Sometimes that homemade pie filling just disappears from the fridge because it gets eaten by the spoonfuls.
I hid the last bowl of strawberry pie filling though because I knew I wanted to make some sort of strawberry pretzel salad with it. At first, I thought I would do a large pan of no bake dessert, but then I decided to go with small parfaits because mini desserts are just so stinking cute!!!
These little strawberry cheesecake parfaits turned out so good, that I am going to mass produce them for the ladies event this weekend, minus the pretzels though.
Yikes!!! Wish me luck as I make multiple pans of brownies and fudge, make little granola bites, and also make 100 shot glasses full of this creamy goodness in the next few days!
How to make Strawberry Pretzel Salad Parfaits:
Use a food processor to crush the pretzels into small chunks. Do not over pulse or you will end up with pretzel dust. You can also smash the pretzels in a ziplock bag if you like.
Mix together the crushed pretzels, melted butter, and sugar. Spoon the mixture into the bottom of four jars. I used tulip Weck jars, but any jar will work. You could also divide everything into small jars if you need to make more desserts.
Beat the cream cheese and powdered sugar until creamy. Stir in the vanilla bean paste and Cool Whip until completely mixed and fluffy.
Use a piping bag and large decorating tip to swirl the no bake cheesecake evenly into the jars. Top with the strawberry pie filling.
Right before serving add a swirl of Cool Whip and a mini pretzel.
How long will these Strawberry Pretzel Salad Parfaits keep?
They really are best if served the day they are made or the next day. The pretzel crust will start to soften if it stays in the refrigerator for more than 2 days.
Can I change out the pie filling in these cheesecake parfaits?
Definitely. Feel free to use any flavor of pie filling that you love. I think this Honey Blueberry Sauce would be amazing in these parfaits too.
How big are these strawberry parfaits?
I used four jars that were about 7 1/2 ounces each. Feel free to use a small 4 ounce mason jar and make 8 parfaits with the recipe.
Other strawberry desserts you may like:
Homemade Strawberry Shortcake topped with fresh strawberries and whipped cream is a classic dessert that is delicious any time of year.
This easy No Bake Strawberry Daiquiri Cheesecake is a refreshing dessert to enjoy on a hot day. Strawberry and lime pair so well in this light fluffy mousse cake!
A simple and easy Strawberry Tart is a delicious way to use up extra fresh strawberries.
Fresh strawberries and angel food cake add a fun twist to this Strawberry Shortcake Fluff Salad. It’s a great picnic dessert!
The sweet and salty crust on this Strawberry Pretzel Pie makes this easy, no bake pie a delicious spring or summer dessert.
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- 3/4 cup crushed pretzel pieces + 4 whole mini pretzels
- 1/2 Tablespoon sugar
- 4 Tablespoons melted butter
- 1 - 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 Tablespoon vanilla bean paste
- 1 - 16 ounce container Cool Whip, thawed and divided
- 1 cup Homemade Strawberry Pie Filling
- Mix together the crushed pretzel pieces, sugar, and butter. Divide the mixture evenly in the bottom of four 7-8 ounce jars.
- Beat the cream cheese and powdered sugar until creamy. Stir in the vanilla bean paste and 1 1/2 cups Cool Whip gently.
- Spoon the cheesecake filling into the jars gently. Or you can use a disposable piping bag and icing tip #12 to swirl it in easier.
- Top with the strawberry pie filling and refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Swirl on some extra Cool Whip using icing tip 1M and top with a mini pretzel right before serving.
*These are best if served the day you make them or one day after. The pretzel crust will start to soften if they are in the refrigerator for more than 2 days.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 873Total Fat: 64gSaturated Fat: 45gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 552mgCarbohydrates: 70gFiber: 1gSugar: 52gProtein: 8g