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Strawberry pretzel parfaits in trifle dishes.

Strawberry Pretzel Salad Parfaits

Heather Smoke
These strawberry pretzel salad parfaits have layers of whipped cream cheese, buttery toasted pretzels and fresh strawberries.

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5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings4

Equipment

  • Electric Mixer (Stand or Hand-Held)

Ingredients
 

Pretzel Layer

  • ¾ cup crushed pretzels (about 1 1/2 cups mini pretzel twists)
  • 1 ½ tbsp granulated sugar
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted

Cream Cheese Layer

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened for 2 hours
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ tsp vanilla bean paste (or 1/2 tsp vanilla extract)
  • ½ cup cold heavy whipping cream

Strawberry Layer

  • ¾ lb fresh strawberries, washed and hulled

Instructions
 

Pretzel Layer

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  • Place the pretzels in a plastic zip top bag and use something heavy, like a rolling pin, to crush the pretzels into small bits.
  • In an 8 or 9 inch baking dish, combine the crushed pretzels with the sugar and melted butter, and press into an even layer.
  • Bake the pretzels for 10 minutes, until warm, fragrant and toasted, then set aside to cool completely before assembling the parfaits.

Cream Cheese Layer

  • Use an electric mixer to beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth.
  • Add the cold heavy whipping cream and beat until smooth and thick.

Strawberry Layer

  • Wash and hull the strawberries.
  • Chop the strawberries into 1/2 inch pieces.

Assembly

  • Assemble the parfaits in 4 mini trifle dishes, parfait glasses or even jam jars.
  • Start with a layer of cream cheese on the bottom, then pretzels, then strawberries. Repeat with more layers, dividing everything between the 4 dishes, until you've used up all the ingredients.
  • Serve immediately, or refrigerate for no more than 1-2 hours before serving. These are best eaten right away while the pretzels are crunchy, since the pretzels will soften as they soak up the moist filling.
Keyword Dessert, Parfait, Pretzel, Salad, Strawberry
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