Cherry Cheesecake Pretzel Dessert

Cherry Cheesecake Pretzel Dessert

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Cherry Cheesecake Pretzel Dessert

Cherry Cheesecake Pretzel Dessert is sometimes called: Strawberry Pretzel Salad or even Raspberry Pretzel Dessert. I’ve also heard this “dessert” called a “salad” but to me it’s more of a “dessert” than a “salad.” but is it? Oh, I can’t decide. What do you call this “dessert/salad?” My sister served this “dessert/salad” years ago at a picnic and that’s when I first feel in love with this irresistibly sweet, salty and delicious dessert/salad.

Barb made this with frozen/thawed (sweetened) strawberries and strawberry jello. Some people have made this dessert with frozen/thawed (sweetened) raspberries and raspberry jello. One universal feeling on this dessert/salad is no matter what you call it or how you make it or what ingredients you use. It’s Irresistibly Delicious!

cherry cheesecake pretzel
cherry cheesecake pretzel

Sweet and Delicious

Cherry Cheesecake Pretzel Dessert/Salad, Strawberry Pretzel Salad or Raspberry Pretzel Salad is an easy and delicious, sweet and salty dessert/salad that has been around for a long, long tine. It’s been served at family reunions, barbecues and church picnics for years. Your family and friends will keep coming back for more. I promise! Since I can’t decide if Cherry Cheesecake Pretzel Dessert/Salad is a dessert or a salad I’m just going to say dessert/salad.


Most people have heard of this dessert/salad, many people have tried this dessert/salad and some of us have even made this dessert/salad. It’s been around for as long as I can remember. There are a many variations of this dessert/salad but the three things that never change are the layers. The crust or bottom layer is always crushed pretzels, nuts, butter and sugar, the middle layer is cream cheese, cool-whip plus powdered sugar and the top layer is sweetened  strawberries or raspberries, frozen/thawed, mixed with strawberry or raspberry jello. Or in this recipe, fruit pie filling.

Pie Filling

Personally, I like to use pie filling as the top layer instead of the frozen/thawed, sweetened fruit because then you can change it up from time to time. One can of fruit pie filling can change the complete taste of this dessert/salad. You can substitute Blueberry, Raspberry, Blackberry, Lemon, Cherry-Cranberry pie filling and so on.

You can certainly use homemade pie filling like I normally do or you can purchase canned pie filling. Normally when this dessert/salad is made with strawberries or raspberries, a corresponding jello is used. I have never made this pretzel dessert/salad using frozen/thawed strawberries or raspberries with jello, yet:)


2.25 from 4 votes
Cherry Cheesecake Pretzel Dessert/Salad

Delicious served as a dessert or salad.

Course: Dessert, Salad
Cuisine: All-American
Keyword: cherry pie filling, cream cheese, pretzels
Servings: 10 servings
  • 4 cups finely crushed pretzels
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 8 oz. package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 8 oz tub non-dairy whipped topping
  • 1 21 oz can (country) cherry pie filling
  • 1/2 cup crushed pretzels, optional
  • non-dairy whipped topping, optional
  1. In a mixing bowl, place cream cheese. Microwave for 20 seconds.

  2. With hand-held electric mixer beat on low beat until creamy. Add powdered sugar and beat again until creamy. Fold in non-dairy whipped topping.

  3. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  4. Mix the pretzels, sugar, cinnamon and nuts with the melted butter.
  5. Press into a lightly greased 13 x 9 inch baking dish.
  6. Bake at 400 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until firm and crisp. Allow to cool completely.
  7. Carefully spread cheesecake layer over the cooled pretzel layer. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  8. Top cream cheese layer with cherry pie filling.
  9. Sprinkle crushed pretzels over the cherry pie filling, optional.
  10. Top serving pieces with extra non-dairy whipped topping.

Products used in this recipe: Rold Gold PretzelsCool Whip Whipped ToppingWilderness Cherry Pie Filling and

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8 thoughts on “Cherry Cheesecake Pretzel Dessert”

  • I am using a pan that is slightly smaller than 9 x 11; therefore, I have extra pretzel crumbs & was wondering if there is a way to store these to use later.

    • Hi Cathy,
      You can sprinkle the leftover crumbs on the top or you can save them for later. I would definitely store them in a ziplock baggie and throw the bag in the freezer. Lynn

    • Shawn,
      You could certainly try and freeze this dessert. Normally, I don’t usually freeze desserts, they don’t last that long in my house:) Happy Holidays, Lynn

  • Pretzel bottom never set so very hard to spread the cream cheese mixture. Put it in the fridge overnite still didnt set up plus the cinnamon was odd tasting….very disappointed glad i wasnt taking this to someones house!

    • Hmm, I’m really sorry that you didn’t like the cherry cheesecake pretzel dessert since it’s one of my family’s favorite. The pretzel crust won’t set up firmly like let’s say a graham cracker crumb crust. When I make the filling I usually drop 6 large spoonfuls of filling on the crust and using an off set spatula, I spread the filling. As for the cinnamon I would suggest to omit it the next time, even though I doubt there will be a next time….please accept my apologies. Lynn

  • How right you are Yvonne. Thanks so much for pointing the mistake out and I will change it as soon as I can. Thanks again. Lynn

  • Directions are incorrect regarding stirring cream cheese. You absolutely must beat cream cheese & sugar til smooth then fold in Cool whip.
    If You dont Its Impossible To Spread.

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