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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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51 Comments

  1. 1
    kellyc
    April 21, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    I will take a Chocolate Eclair Dessert as requested by my family.

  2. 2
    April 21, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Thanks for the fun new recipe. Love your blog. I get asked for cabbage salad. It is my uncles favorite.

  3. 3
    April 21, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    I bring my Southern Living corn pudding – ooh boy it is rich!

  4. 4
    April 21, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    I almost always bring some sort of dessert, whether it is Lemon Cake, Carrot Cake, Blueberry Cheesecake Bars … anything sweet and delicious!

    pass me not by at inbox dot com

  5. 5
    April 21, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    I like to make a dessert of some sort. Normally I make Pioneer Woman's Lemon Bars! They're always a hit 🙂
    Meggs
    urbakinmecrazyy.blogspot.com
    urbakinmecrazyy@aol.com

  6. 6
    April 21, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    I have tried Raspberry Cream Cheese Pretzel Salad, Its VERY GOOD! What I am bringing to Easter dinner is Strawberry Ambrosia. Frozen (thawed) Strawberries, Mandarins, mini marshmallows and Vanilla yogurt all mixed together. I am just starting to learn how to cook/bake, so I love trying new things and bring something new to gatherings.

    linnalou381@msn.com

  7. 7
    April 21, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    LOVE YOUR BLOG…I have made so many recipes and they all have been wonderful! I usually take homemade salsa/chips or my mom's potato salad (it's the best)!

    lolly1422@yahoo.com

  8. 8
    April 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    I try to mix it up a bit. I love to bring a dessert, but often there are too many of them. I like to bring Italian Confetti Pasta Salad. Yummy, and colorful. We have Pretzel Salad often around here. Sometimes with raspberries, sometimes with strawberries. My husband says it's a salad, I swear it's a dessert. But I'll call it a salad if that means we can have another dessert too 🙂
    emmalgrigg at yahoo dot com

  9. 9
    Anonymous
    April 21, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Heartburn Cake is one that is requested most often at our family gatherings.

    Samantha T.

  10. 10
    April 21, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    My favorite thing to bring is Brownie Mousse Torte. It's a brownie topped with Scor bits, topped with a yummy Chocolate Mousse topped with pretty raspberries. I get oohs and ahhs and they are a hit with the young and old. alicia@enghs.com

  11. 11
    April 21, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    I always bring my oatmeal carmelettes.

  12. 12
    April 21, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    I'll admit it, I always bring a couple bags of Doritos and some pink & yellow lemonade. 🙂

    merri_hackett (at) yahoo (dot) com

  13. 13
    April 21, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    I always bring mississippi mud brownies! Everyone loves them
    cher_theblondeprincess@hotmail.com

  14. 14
    April 21, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    I bring boxed brownies 🙂 If I really have a few spare minutes, it might even be some cut up fruit! Exciting!
    jellosquares@yahoo.com

  15. 15
    April 21, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    I like to take a Rasperry salad or a pasta salad. Both are easy to make and very yummy!

    emilou84037 at yahoo dot com

  16. 16
    April 21, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    I like to take brownies. But not just any ordinary brownies. Amazing Brownies! YUM!!!

    http://theroyalcook.blogspot.com/2011/03/amazing-brownies.html

  17. 17
    April 21, 2011 at 3:29 pm

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  18. 18
    April 21, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    I am usually in charge of the dinner rolls, though the last one we went to was a quick bag of chips purchase…I also like to take dessert. 🙂
    The mac and cheese on the cover of the cookbook looks scrumptious! Hopefully I am a lucky winner!
    You can reach me at: barbi(underscore)jensen(at)hotmail(dot)com (I forgot this in my original comment, so I deleted it…)
    Thanks!
    PS – this recipe looks perfect for easter.

  19. 19
    April 21, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    I like to take an “overloaded chocolate cake.” It's just chocolate box cake with a box of pudding mix and delicious homemade frosting for the best, easiest chocolate cake you ever ate. But, people seem to think you're a miracle worker when you make cake that good! 🙂

    bolton.lindsay@gmail.com

  20. 20
    April 21, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Oh my…you had me at the title of the post…lol My family loves for me to bring my sweet n'spicey meatballs or my poppy seed crescent roll-ups. Love the title of this cookbook as well. Thanks for a fun giveaway.
    Fondly, Roberta
    rlphilbr13@aol.com

  21. 21
    April 21, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    I bring muddy buddies to gatherings! Everyone loves them and it's a snacking food instead of a sit down and eat it food. Who doesn't love to snack?

    Thanks!

    -Karlee Waddoups
    gokarleejo@yahoo.com

  22. 22
    April 21, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    I always do “funeral” potatoes because I love them and if there isn't anything else that tastes good, at least I will have those. LOL! Plus they are pretty easy to make.

  23. 23
    April 21, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    I haven't made that 'salad' for a while…I really should thaw some of my raspberries and make some…I consider it a dessert though it's that good!
    One recipe I'm asked to bring all the time is my Broccoli Slaw…it is fantastic!
    I'd love a copy of that book…some wonderful browsing minutes ahead for the winner.
    freeindeed at myfairpoint dot net

  24. 24
    Melanie
    April 21, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    I love to bring either good, old fashioned rolls or a nice deep dish apple pie. Because, let's face it, everyone loves rolls, and my husband can't get enough of apple pie in case he doesn't like anything else there!

    melaniethefirst@hotmail.com

  25. 25
    April 21, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    I usually take my triple layered pumpkin delight cake. Always a hit. And every last bite gone.

    I would LOVE a copy of this cookbook you featured.

    crapo(at)shaw(dot)ca

  26. 26
    April 21, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    I love your blog! Thank you for posting so many delicious recipes! I always bring the Pioneer Woman's chocolate sheet cake. Love it.

  27. 27
    Anonymous
    April 21, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Oh, this is going on my Easter Menu. Thank you Jaimie… Your blog is like Christmas morning, a new recipe every week. I always like to bring a dip, and I do a southwestern Bean dip.
    mistie@nationwide-sales.com is my email. Thanks~!

  28. 28
    April 21, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    This salad just made the menu for my Easter dinner!

    I'm always asked to bring either homemade rolls or homemade Apple Pie to family gatherings.

    Cindi
    cindi@azza.com

  29. 29
    April 21, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    My signature recipe that I take and is always requested is my Touch Down Taco Dip!
    Stephanie
    chef.steph@hotmail.com

  30. 30
    Anonymous
    April 21, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    I'm asked to bring my 4 hour Boston Baked Beans and Pizzelle's.

  31. 31
    April 21, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    If we have a large gathering to attend, I'll usually make frog eye salad since it makes a huge bowlful…plus it is so yummy! (if only it had a more appetizing name)

    tcole726 at msn dot com

  32. 32
    Cassandra
    April 21, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    I change it up and bring anything from guacamole and chips to side dishes or desserts. I guess it all depends on the occasion.

  33. 33
    Anonymous
    April 21, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    I often get asked to bring my overnight 7 layer salad, ham fettuccini or black forest trifle !
    denisecott@yahoo.com

  34. 34
    April 21, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    I like to bring broccoli salad and a bundt cake of some sort. The raspberry cream cheese pretzel salad looks so yummy, will definitely be making that!

  35. 35
    LauraNorthernCA
    April 21, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Wow, these comments are fascinating — frog eye salad? Heartburn cake? Funeral potatoes? I'll have to google these. My go-to recipe is prosciutto-wrapped asparagus. angelpie01 at comcast dot net

  36. 36
    April 21, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    I like to bring desserts, I'm better at those. I always make Chocolate Revel Bars. Yum! I am definitely going to try this raspberry salad.

    • 37
      February 8, 2014 at 4:44 am

      I for one have a complex beuscae you claim to be tolerant, hehe, but you wont even give Jen and I a ride in your cloud car. What would Dr. Quinn Medicine woman have to say about that??

  37. 38
    April 21, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    I sometimes bring cabbage roll stew. It's fast and easy and great with a dollop of sour cream!

    Cyndi@bateshome.com

  38. 39
    April 21, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    This dessert looks wonderful, i cant wait to try it. I love taking any dessert with me!! i bake all the time. My birthday is the 25th so it would be a neat gift.
    my email is e717ml@gmail.com

  39. 40
    April 21, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    I often make cream puff cake and/or broccoli/cauliflower salad to our family gatherings.

  40. 41
    Anonymous
    April 21, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    I am asked to bring my Strawberry Cake. Always a hit. Usually asked to share recipe. Love being with faimily and also potluck at churc.

    donna@bhgreen.net

  41. 42
    April 21, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    My most requested dish to bring to our family gatherings, parties, etc is my hot Cinnamon candy apple jello dish. Kids young and old and adults just seem to love it. Super easy to make too.

  42. 43
    April 21, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    I love bringing my crockpot BBQ.

  43. 44
    April 21, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    This is sad but I usually am the bag of chips lady! Or some kind of store-bought dessert. Your dessert looks incredible!

    vickdn@live.com

  44. 45
    April 21, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    As a lover of Strawberry Pretzel Salad I'm all over this recipe. How come I've never thought to use raspberries instead of strawberry! Another one of those why-didn't-I-think-to-do-that things. LOL

    It depends on my mood what I take to gatherings. Usually its dessert..Chocolate Heaven Dessert or a Lemon version of it. When I'm not in the sweets mood I like to take a southwestern layered salad.

    scrappinmint(at)gmail(dot)com

  45. 46
    April 21, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    I don't have one recipe I always take – balsamic black bean salsa, fresh homemade bread/rolls, chocolate marshmallow cake, caramel rice krispy bars are yummy, it just depends. And I believe you can never have too many cookbooks, just ask my husband who is groaning and rolling his eyes!!! (He does enjoy the yummy recipes, don't be fooled 🙂

  46. 47
    April 21, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Alot of the time I am asked to bring my chocolate chip cookies made with pudding. Another favorite of mine is Macaroni Salad.

  47. 48
    April 21, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Everyone always wants my shrimp mold (Paula Deen) and most requested is sweet and spicy bacon wrapped chicken appetizers.Love your blog….inspirational.Sure hate exposing my email hope I don't get a lot of wackos.
    gezuchel@sbcglobal.net

  48. 49
    April 21, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    I am bringing 3 kinds of cookies to our next get-together: applesause cookies, peanutbutter cookies and chocolate chip cookies.
    carrotcake55@sbcglobal.net

  49. 50
    April 21, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    I like to bring a 'salad' made of snickers, apples, and whipping cream – affetionately called “Snickers Salad.” So good!

    katiefisher05@gmail.com

  50. 51
    April 21, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    I like to bring Spaghetti Salad as a side dish and Mini bundt Cakes for dessert.

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