Strawberry Pretzel Jell-O (Reduced Sugar)

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I have learned a little trick through the years in baking and cooking. Most of the time, the amount of sugar called for in a recipe can be cut by a fourth and no one will notice it is missing. Well, with this recipe, I cut two-thirds of the sugar out, and no one has ever mentioned a word. It is still plenty sweet, incredibly delicious, but not really that nutritious. And that’s ok. This is a dish which makes an appearance once or twice a year at holidays, so we enjoy this as a special treat. I hope you enjoy this slightly more wholesome version of Pretzel Jell-O as much as the Andersen family does!

Strawberry Pretzel Jell-O (Reduced Sugar)

Still a sweet treat, this Strawberry Pretzel Jell-O has less sugar than the original and even better flavor.
Course Dessert, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12 people
Calories 220kcal
Author Megan


Crust Layer

  • 2 Cups Pretzels crushed into 1/2 pieces
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Butter melted

Cream Cheese Layer

  • 8 oz. package Original Cream Cheese
  • 1/3 Cup Sugar
  • 8 oz. Can Crushed Pineapple drained
  • 8 oz. Heavy Whipping Cream fluid

Jell-O Layer

  • 6 oz. Strawberry Jell-O
  • 2 Cups Boiling water
  • 20 oz. Frozen Strawberries sliced


  • Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Pour pretzels into a ziplocked bag and roll/tap with a rolling pin until no pieces are longer than 1/2 inch.
  • In a small mixing bowl combine crushed pretzels, melted butter and sugar. Mix until pretzels are well-coated.  Press mixture into a 9 x 13 baking dish and bake for 5 minutes. Let cool completely.
  • With an electric mixture, beat to whipping cream until firm peaks form. Set aside.  In a separate bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, and pineapple together. Fold the whipped cream into the mixture.
  • Spread the cream cheese mixture over the pretzel crust. Make sure you completely seal the crust with this layer. Otherwise, the Jell-O layer will seep through and make the pretzel crust become soggy. Chill this layer in the freezer while preparing the Jell-O layer.
  • Set the Jell-O with 2 Cups of boiling water, stirring until the sugars are totally dissolved. Mix the frozen strawberries into the Jell-O and let set until the mixture becomes syrupy.  Slowly pour this mixture over the cream cheese layer.
  • Set the Jell-O overnight. Cut into squares and use a metal spatula to serve.


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