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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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54 Comments

  1. 1
    April 21, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    My favorite thing to bring is a German Chocolate Bundt Cake or rolls!

    ecwager@yahoo.com

  2. 2
    April 21, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    I am always asked to bring cupcakes. And I don't mind one bit.

    pattyj4087@yahoo.com

  3. 3
    April 21, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    I am one of those that usually brings chips or a quick dessert like brownies from a box. But my mother in law makes this wonderful salad with romain, sugared almons and manderin oranges. MMMMMM!

    beckydoraz@yahoo.com

    • 4
      February 8, 2014 at 7:15 am

      I went to tons of links before this, what was I thgnikni?

    • 5
      March 1, 2015 at 11:56 pm

      I lilearlty jumped out of my chair and danced after reading this!

  4. 6
    Stephanie G.
    April 21, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    I usually take my Chewy Whole Wheat Brownies. They are always a hit!

  5. 7
    April 21, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    I bring cookies, can't go wrong there.

    • 8
      February 7, 2014 at 10:04 pm

      Your style is so unique in crimaopson to other folks I’ve read stuff from. I appreciate you for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I will just book mark this web site.

  6. 9
    Anonymous
    April 21, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    I always like to bring Boston Creme cupcakes to our family gatherings.

    I've made strawberry pretzel salad before and am now anxious to try it with raspberries. I think I will make it for Easter dinner to serve with my ham and scalloped potatoes. Love to try new recipes!!

    sreeves@bis.midco.net
    Sheryl

  7. 10
    Anonymous
    April 21, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    I always bring the same thing broccoli salad or deviled eggs, my family will never try anyhting new it drives me crazy!!!
    ltjwoody@msn.com

  8. 11
    April 21, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    My favorite thing to bring is spinach dip but I never get to =( I'm always asked to bring homemade mac and cheese with the invite!

    mascaramania at gmail dot com

  9. 12
    April 21, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    First of all I must say that that LOVELY Raspberry Cream Cheese Pretzel Salad looks absolutely DEVINE! I am so going to make it for Easter dinner Jaime….many thanks for passing it onto us. 🙂 I tend to often bring something sweet to a gathering. I am usually the “dessert person”. 🙂

  10. 13
    C
    April 21, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Oooo ooo me please! I would love to win a new cookbook! This jello recipe looks divine! I like to bring devilled eggs, or for a treat oatmeal carmelitas. Thanks for the new recipe, I LOVE your blog! mcheger@gmail.com

  11. 14
    April 21, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    I like to take a cup of sour cream, cottage cheese and mayo and mix that with 3-4 T. ranch powder and mix it all together, then you serve that yummy dip with either chips or a veggie tray and it is an easy tasty treat for all!

    BJFRANCIS14@aol.com

  12. 15
    April 21, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    I love seven layer chip dip. That is my favorite to bring. I also love to make homemade carrot cake to take places. So yummy.
    ryankrista.gage@gmail.com

  13. 16
    Anonymous
    April 21, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    I love bringing homemade rolls. People love them and I find them easy to make. -thesteady5@gmail.com

  14. 17
    April 21, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Depending on the occasion, I usually bring a baked pasta where I “hide” pumpkin puree in tomato sauce and for dessert I usually bring homemade cupcakes w/ homemade cream cheese frosting or a homemade cheesecake w/ fresh raspberries on the bottom….yummy! I would LOVE to be able to win that book….can't wait to try this “salad” recipe!!!! nterheyden@yahoo.com

  15. 18
    April 21, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Angel food Tunnel Cake with chocolate filling
    themoonmom (at)hotmail (dot) com

  16. 19
    April 21, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    The last time I went to a family dinner I made your caramel coconut cake and everyone absolutely loved it!
    cruiseplannersar@earthlink.net

    • 20
      February 8, 2014 at 12:48 am

      I was very happy to uncover this web site. I watned to thank you for your time just for this wonderful read!! I definitely liked every little bit of it and I have you book-marked to look at new things on your website.

  17. 21
    April 21, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    It's always rolls. Dinner rolls are the most often requested item to bring!

  18. 22
    Becki
    April 21, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    One thing that is requested that I bring most often is my 7 layer Mexican dip. It is to die for and is a great appetizer for things like super bowl parties, family get togethers, etc. My email is beckilwells@gmail.com

  19. 23
    April 21, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    I like to take cowboy salsa and tortilla chips, everyone loves it.

    abbottfamily@yahoo.com

  20. 24
    April 21, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Depending on the celebration, we are usually asked to bring Dutch Oven Ribs. The exception to this rule is Thanksgiving, and in that instance we are usually asked to do pies. It is always fun to see how the family reacts to the various things that we cook. Thanks for all of the recipes and ideas! I am always looking for something new to try!
    J.Anderson

  21. 25
    April B.
    April 21, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    I always get requests for my potatoe salad- my oldest brother said it's the best he has EVER tasted! I also love to bring carrot cake with yummy cream cheese frosting! I plan on making the raspberry recipe with strawberries for Easter dinner!
    Thanks for your great blog & giveaway!
    adb10555@hotmail.com

  22. 26
    April 21, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    We love to bring chocolate trifle – layers of chocolate cake, chocolate pudding, cool whip, and chopped toffee bars. It's always a hit. rhisomers(at)gmail(dot)com

  23. 27
    April 21, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    I llove this salad! I think my mother-in-law makes something similar. It is actually one of my favorites to take to functions. I also love taking Doritos salad or cupcakes. Thanks for hosting the giveaway and for the recipe. I love your blog! <3

    musicalmaestro {at} gmail {dot} com

  24. 28
    April 21, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    I LOVE this salad! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! My favorite thing to bring is Chocolate Mint Brownies. Also Pasta Salad & Scallop Potatoes.

    jlmccleve@cableone.net

  25. 29
    Anonymous
    April 22, 2011 at 12:44 am

    Love your recipes! I've had the strawberry pretzel salad before, but this sounds really good. I always take BBQ ham and potato salad.

  26. 30
    April 22, 2011 at 1:03 am

    I like to bring cupcakes. They can be kept at room temp plus my Mom always loans me her cupcake holder so they are easy to transport. Happy Easter!

    jabmorris@yahoo.com

  27. 31
    Anonymous
    April 22, 2011 at 1:26 am

    my most requested dessert to bring is my amazing mother-in-laws white texas sheet cake. Made with lots of yummy almond extract. I even have family members who say I can't come out to visit unless I bring that sheet cake!! LOVE IT!

    griff_karen@yahoo.com

  28. 32
    April 22, 2011 at 2:22 am

    my rice krispie squares with carmel in the center and drizzled with chocolate… YUM!

  29. 33
    Anonymous
    April 22, 2011 at 2:39 am

    The usual requests are blue cheese stuffed mushrooms or potato salad.

    beckdorf@fuse.net

  30. 34
    April 22, 2011 at 2:41 am

    Easy chocolate eclair cake or strawberry spinach salad.

    abascom.1@netzero.com

  31. 35
    April 22, 2011 at 3:01 am

    I like to bring corn bread salad….mainly because it makes a huge bowl full…it's a southern recipe…and everyone wants the recipe.

  32. 36
    April 22, 2011 at 3:06 am

    oh…i forgot my e-mail:tko6353@aol.com

  33. 37
    April 22, 2011 at 3:09 am

    I love bringing my made from scratch two bite brownies. The kids love it. I have a great icing that I pipe on top and add a mini Hersey kiss in the middle. Easy and always a hit.

    springpeeperfarm@eastlink.ca

  34. 38
    April 22, 2011 at 3:09 am

    You can't lose with brownies, goey, sweet, chewy, brownies.

  35. 39
    April 22, 2011 at 3:17 am

    My favorite thing to bring is dessert! Usually cookies…yumm

    torrimahoney at gmail dot com

  36. 40
    April 22, 2011 at 3:52 am

    It's a salad called “celebration salad” I know, original. It's a fruit and cream salad. We have it at ALL family gatherings and I bring it when we go somewhere because to me, when I get to spend time with my friends, it's a celebration!
    lincolnnash@hotmail.com

    Gonna go and post this link to my fb!
    Is there a way I can make it with whipping cream instead of cool whip?

  37. 41
    April 22, 2011 at 4:08 am

    I love to make salsa. Homemade salsa is divine!
    Katie
    katiejudyphoto@gmail.com

  38. 42
    April 22, 2011 at 4:45 am

    I usually attend cookouts that have various ethnic dishes but when I am asked to bring food its a collective of things collard greens, deviled eggs, potato salad and most of all strawberry swirl cake.

    Genevia
    awife1life3kids@aol.com

  39. 43
    April 22, 2011 at 5:03 am

    depends on what I'm bringing a dish for….

    most holidays I get loaded with broccoli casserole (one of my favorite dishes at ANY holiday)

    sometimes I make ranch potatoes (potatoes, sour cream, ranch dressing, bacon and LOTS of cheese -it's NOT a diet food people!)

    fruit salad! (i make mine with pineapple juice and vanilla pudding mixed together with whatever fruit I feel like)

    but my favorite dish …. to BRING somewhere is probably…. cheese and salsa dip with tortilla scoops – nom nom

    email is jmm823@gmail.com

  40. 44
    Anonymous
    April 22, 2011 at 5:30 am

    I usually bring Banana Split Cake to potlucks. Everyone loves it and ask for the recipe.

    roxannewv@yahoo.com

  41. 45
    April 22, 2011 at 5:37 am

    Oops, forgot to leave my email address above lybjunk@msn.com. Thnx

  42. 46
    April 22, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    I like to take anything in a bar form, brownies, fruit bars, etc…anything that is easy to pick up with fingers.
    angie.walker41@yahoo.com

  43. 47
    April 22, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    I usually take cream cheese brownies. They are made with a cake mix so it is fast and easy and they are always a hit.

    cmarshall904 at q dot com

  44. 48
    Sharon H. (TX)
    April 22, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    I'd bring “death by chocolate.” Delish, but oh so rich, you only should eat a sliver.

    Looks like a great cookbook. What are “linger longers?”

    lonestarchristmas@sbcglobal.net

  45. 49
    April 22, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    I always take “fluff” you know the contraption of jello's and fruit and coolwhip. I always try to have these ingredients on hand and it is a yummy desert that never has leftovers.
    I wanted to tell you about my sister in laws blog. It is totally casual but she has great ideas and recipes too, incase you were interested in taking a peak. myrecipegarden.blogspot.com
    You have so inspired me and I love your recipes. Thanks for sharing!

  46. 50
    April 22, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    When we take a dessert, we are frequently asked to take my grandmother's English Triffle. It has delicious layers of Angel food cake, vanilla pudding, jello, whipped cream, and berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries). It is heavenly!!

    jdcarnavale@gmail.com

  47. 51
    Anonymous
    April 22, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    We love this stuff! I have an oh so easy and yummy pasta salad that I like to make. Thanks!
    shakenafist at yahoo dot com

  48. 52
    April 22, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    I usually bring macaroni and cheese made with cheddar, cream cheese, sausage and chunks of french bread mixed in and tomatoes and bread crumbs on top. 🙂

  49. 53
    Anonymous
    April 22, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    HI looks very yummy! I usually bring something different everytime I get together with friends and family. Its fun to try a new recipe and most can't wait to see what I came up with this time! I am hosting Easter dinner so I am having ham and all the goodies to go with. Thanks for a good blog.
    M-JGasper@msn.com

  50. 54
    Sandy Acree
    April 22, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Chocolate Lovers Favorite Cake or a cheesecake works everytime.

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