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Raspberry Cream Cheese Pretzel Salad

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 Since you are so nice and lovely…
You most likely get invited to nice places with nice people!
Neighborhood gatherings,
Baby Showers,
Church Pot Lucks,
Family BBQs,  
Meet and Greets, 
Linger Longers,
 Baptisms,
Sit on Santa’s Lap Why Don’t Ya,
Lets All Try And Find A Bunch Of Eater Eggs…
you attend these functions
don’t you?
(I knew you did. Because you are so very nice and lovely.)

Next time you are invited…
make this Raspberry Cream Cheese and Pretzels Salad.
You will instantly be the most loved person at the party.
People will start to say things like….
“Who brought THAT salad.”
and 
“Get out of town…that is GOOO-HOOOD.”
and
“Excuse me, but could I please get 
married to the maker of that salad.”
and
“Shut the front door, the back door and all of the windows.
Heavenly bliss is in our midst.”

Seriously.
Just trust me. 
You want to bring this salad with you.

I got this recipe out of a wonderful cookbook I have been reading.
Bless Your Heart
recipes by Patsy Caldwell and stories by Amy Lyles Wilson. The recipes in this book are very family friendly and look delicious. Fabulous food isn’t the only treasure lingering in the pages. There are great stories written throughout that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. It is a heartwarming read, to be truthful. 
Thomas Nelson Publishing Company has graciously agreed to give away a copy of this wonderful book…
to three of you.
Nice!
That is very nice and lovely, indeed. 
To enter the giveaway leave me a comment telling me the dish/recipe you like to bring most to a gathering. 
You know, like….Triple Chocolate Heavenly Bliss 
or Strawberry Shortcake Dessert of Wonder
or A Bag Of Chips I Was Really Busy.
(Don’t be ashamed…everyone likes chips.)
What ever you like to bring….tell me all about it. Please leave your email address in your comment, so I can contact you if you are one of the lucky winners.
You may enter until midnight on Sunday April 24th, winner will be announced on Monday morning April 25th.  
One entry per person.
Raspberry Cream Cheese Pretzel Salad
Time: 40 minutes hands on + 4 hours to chill
Yield: One 9×13 pan
Recipe adapted from Bless Your Heart
 
2 1/2 C pretzels
3/4 C butter, melted
3 T sugar
1  8 oz package cream cheese, softened
1 C sugar
1  8 oz container cool whip
1  6 oz package raspberry jello
2 C boiling water
3 C frozen raspberries

1. Throw those pretzels in a small food processor and grind them into coarse crumbs. 
 
2. Add your melted butter and 3 T sugar. Mix until combined.
3. Press the pretzel mixture into a 9×13 pan and bake at 400 degrees for 13 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let it cool completely.
 
4. In your stand mixer, or in a medium sized mixing bowl beat the cream cheese until smooth.  Add your sugar and mix for about 4 minutes.
 
5. Add the cool whip and mix for one minute, or until everything is well combined.
 
6. Heat your water up in the microwave until it is boiling. Add the jello and stir until it is all nice and dissolved. 
 
7. Pour in your raspberries and stir to combine. Place the bowl in your fridge until the mixture has thickened up a bit. (Like syrup, at least. If it has set up more that that…no worries. The recipe will still be wonderful.)
8. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the top of the crust. 
 
9. Pour the beautiful raspberry jello on top, cover and chill for at least 4 hours. 

 

See that pretty little crust under there?
It’s going to be a friend maker.
OR maybe even a marriage maker…
You never know….Salad can be a really powerful tool.

Happy Easter, everyone!
See you back here on Monday!

I received the cookbook Bless Your Heart from the Thomas Nelson Publishing Company. I received no compensation for this post, or my review of the book. All ideas and thoughts in the post are my own. 
 
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140 Comments

  1. 151
    April 22, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    I love to bring spinach dip in a bread bowl with celery, carrots & crackers to dip. It's easy, delicious & always a crowd pleaser!

    melanietucker@gmail.com

  2. 152
    Anonymous
    April 22, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Oh I love potlucks! I am famous for my jello salads :) Everyone loves them and almost expects me to bring them LOL I love to try new recipes and am thrilled to try this new one of yours! Thank you so much :)

    bethfraser22 at hotmail dot com

  3. 153
    April 22, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    I have a yummy yellow cake that I make every Easter – it is just “springy” even though we aren't having spring yet! Yellow cake mix with mandarine oranges. Frosting is cool whip, instant vanilla pudding and crushed pineapple. Yummy, cool and refreshing!

  4. 154
    Danielle D.
    April 22, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    I am a dessert bringer when it comes to potlucks. I dream of other (main course or side) dishes to bring weeks ahead of time but end up bringing a dessert every time. Maybe it's my lack of recipes lol.

    I love to take my orange juice cake, it always gets raves. Or a homemade fruit pie. I just love desserts!

    anna dot dykman at yahoo dot com

  5. 155
    April 23, 2011 at 2:54 am

    Depends on what the event is and what I think others will bring. Probably most often is some kind of fruit tray/salad or one of a variety of deserts.

  6. 156
    April 23, 2011 at 3:02 am

    I love this pretzel salad! My grandma makes it all the time, but usually with strawberries. I don't really have a standard food that I take to gatherings. I often take fruit salad of some kind. I like to take fruit muffins once in a while, or I'll take desserts sometimes too. It just depends on the function, my mood, and the ingredients I have on hand.

    admangalovan@gmail.com

  7. 157
    Anonymous
    April 23, 2011 at 4:15 am

    I bring all kinds of stuff – I LOVE potlucks!!!! Lately though I have been in love with this toffee dip and apple slices so I have been bringing that dish quite often. I am looking forward to making this though. I think it is going to be great next time I have to go to a function. jreisker@hotmail.com

  8. 158
    April 23, 2011 at 4:20 am

    It varies with seasonal goodies from my garden. Homemade pico de gallo with chips is a favorite. Wacky cake or Cream Puff cake for a dessert. Raspberry Chipolte Sauce (homemade) over meatballs and rice for meat dish.

  9. 159
    April 23, 2011 at 4:47 am

    Depends on how much time I have & how I feel usually I'll ask. It could be anything from a Decadent Chocolate Cheesecake, to my Luscious Lime Cheesecake bars or some white chocolate key lime crinkle cookies.

  10. 160
    April 23, 2011 at 5:51 am

    I take my daughter's chicken enchilada casserole. I've had many people tell me to bring it again, as it is their favorite casserole ever. In the summertime, I love to take a HUGE fruit salad of fresh fruit with vanilla and lemon pudding and sweetened whipped cream…never have to worry about taking any leftovers home.

  11. 161
    April 23, 2011 at 6:01 am

    I like to take a Southwestern Rice salad, it makes a ton, and it is fabulous
    jngatuvai@gmail.com

  12. 162
    April 23, 2011 at 6:17 am

    Oh I love that salad, its one of my favorites!!! I think the one I take the most is probably I believe its your blueberry jello pie, I also have done it in cherry and its really good. michellegbert@yahooo.com

  13. 163
    April 23, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    My in-laws have been requesting my banana cake lately. It's so light and delicious!

    jillsstorey(at)yahoo(dot)com

  14. 164
    Caroline
    April 23, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    My signature dish that I bring to get-togethers is my “Slice of Heaven” tart (named so by my brother in law). It's an almond apple caramel cheesecake tart. Surprisingly light but totally delicious.

    caroline.cheng07@gmail.com

  15. 165
    Anonymous
    April 23, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Love your blog! I usually take Carmel Apple Salad, it takes minutes to make and is a welcome favorite!

    Edwina
    elove1986@gmail.com

  16. 166
    Anonymous
    April 23, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Yummy! We love your recipes – thanks for sharing them!! We generally take fruit salad (which consists of a tub of whip cream, a large container of strawberry yogurt, 2 bananas sliced, a handful or two of strawberries sliced, and red grapes, sliced in two). So yummy.

    Also Paula Deens LipSmackin Chocolate Peanut Butter Layer Cake. It is fondly called heart attack cake around our house since #1. you'll have a heart attack when you see how much it costs to buy the stuff to make it and #2 it has 2 or 3 cups of butter in it. But it is heavenly for sure!

    Rachel
    runfastrunraz@hotmail.com

  17. 167
    April 23, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    My family LOVES me to bring homemade rolls to any family dinner. I remember an occasion when my youngest son was sick and I wasn't able to attend a potluck dinner with extended family at the park. I sent my two older boys and my sister called and told me what a snob my 8-year-old son was. He walked past the bag of rolls from Costco and exclaimed, “Store bought rolls!” Up until that time, he had never seen store-bought rolls.

  18. 168
    Anonymous
    April 23, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    I have enjoyed your blog a lot. Thanks for posting all your fun creations. The thing that I am asked to bring a lot, is a relish tray with my homemade Vegtable Dill Dip. Even my three year old son will sit at the table with the dip and eat it with his carrots. Joyce landonkayden@msn.com

  19. 169
    April 24, 2011 at 12:47 am

    We bring strawberry pretzel dessert, chicken cabbage salad, and baked scones :)
    beebefox@hotmail.com

  20. 170
    Anonymous
    April 24, 2011 at 1:56 am

    I like to take homemade bread if it is a full meal or angel food cake if it is just refreshments. Glenie@frontier.com

  21. 171
    Anonymous
    April 24, 2011 at 4:48 am

    I bring a corn and bean salsa.
    Thanks for your fun blog!
    Tammy
    tammy.anderson@comcast.net

  22. 172
    April 24, 2011 at 5:09 am

    I'll take fruited cabbage salad with poppyseed lemon dressing.

  23. 173
    April 24, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Enjoying your blog! In spring & summer I usually take either Texas Sheet Cake or my Lemon sheet cakes 'cause they feed a crowd and there are never any leftovers! In the Fall and at the holidays, I'll make a Carrot cake or sometimes Pumpkin Rolls. Thanks for the giveaway!

  24. 174
    April 24, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    I like to take a dish my mom calls Cowboy Caviar (basically a salsa made with black beans,corn and avocado) with tortilla chips; for the kids in the bunch, it's fun to take cooked hot dogs in buns, wrapped in tin foil and stored in a small cooler so they stay hot. Love the blog! leandah5@yahoo.com

  25. 175
    Cindy
    April 24, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    I bring Chinese Chicken Salad…always a hit!!

    classicwoman@gmail.com

  26. 176
    April 25, 2011 at 4:13 am

    I have been bringing my pecan fingers, they are seriously delicious and I don't even like pecans!

  27. 177
    Anonymous
    April 25, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    Jaimie, I made this for our EASTER BBQ! It was ALL GONE! BIG HIT! Will keep this in my list of recipes to keep forever. Thanks! – Mistie

  28. 178
    Emmanuelle
    September 4, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Hello. I am still loving your blog ! This recipe looks great, and I was wondering how I might go about replacing Cool Whip: I live in France (already contacted you about butter measurements), and there is no such thing. Is it just whipped cream with added sugar, or something else? Would you have any suggestions or instructions with quantities and proportions so that I might make a decent equivalent of Cool Whip? (I have no problems with the Jello as I can have it personally delivered…)
    Thanks so much for your help! Emmanuelle from Bordeaux.

  29. 179
    Emmanuelle
    September 4, 2011 at 8:34 am

    PS: oops – you might need my email to answer about the Cool Whip? Here it is:
    manuecou@yahoo.fr
    Thanks!

  30. 180
    Emmanuelle
    September 4, 2011 at 8:40 am

    As for what I often bring to BBQs and such : a noodle salad with feta cheese, cashew nuts, raisins, green peppers, tomatoes, small pieces of grilled bacon, lots of fresh basil, and a seasoning of balsamic vinegar-olive oil… and pasta! It sounds so simple, but the mixture is delicious!… plus a creamy cheese cake!
    (sorry for the message cut into three comments!)

  31. 181
    September 7, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Emmanuelle,
    Hello to you there in France. Nice to hear from someone so far away. As for your Cool Whip question. Whipping Cream would work very nicely here. I would whip 1 cup whipping cream 1/8 C sugar and 1/2 t vanilla together, then add it to the recipe where it calls for the cool whip. Good luck! Hope it turns out well for you!
    ~Jamie

  32. 182
    Anonymous
    April 14, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Whenever I bring my large marshmellow (cut in half), dipped in caramel, sweetened condensed milk melted together and then rolled in rice crispies goodie– I am the most popular girl at the event. I have never brought a single one home after the gathering, because the platter is usually licked clean!! Keepitsimple52@gmail.com

  33. 183
    Mel
    November 20, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    would this be something that is ok to sit over night all put together? or would it go soggy?

    • 184
      Jamie
      November 21, 2012 at 7:34 am

      Mel,
      I haven’t ever made it the night before, but I have eaten leftovers the second day and it seems to be just fine. The crust is pretty hearty and with the cream cheese layer between it and the fruit layer…I think you it would work out great. Good luck!
      ~Jamie

  34. 185
    Mel
    November 25, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    This was amazing! I was sad when is was all gone! I think if you aren’t a big crust fan you can make it without the crush. I also added a little more raspberries. I loved it. Big hit!

  35. 186
    Diahanne spooner
    November 15, 2013 at 8:06 am

    I am always stuck either bringing seafood dip or horse slobber salad. (Lime jello salad) the name is gross but it is great.

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