Sunday, December 30, 2007

Crack Dessert

A friend of mine had this dessert at a candle party that she hosted and let me tell you...I instantly became addicted. Hence the name "crack dessert". This is truly a women's dessert especially when your least favorite aunt is in town (if you get what I mean). It's got the salt, the sweet, the crunchy. It really is the perfect dessert. This is a really good dessert to take to potlucks because it does make a lot.

Strawberry Pretzel Dessert aka "Crack Dessert"

1 1/2 cups crushed pretzels
1 cup powdered sugar plus an additional 3 tbsp powdered sugar for pretzel mixture
1 8oz package cream cheese
3/4 cup melted margarine
1 8oz tub of cool whip
1 16oz package frozen strawberries
1 6oz package strawberry jello
2 cups boiling water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Mix together pretzels, butter, and 3 tbsp powdered sugar. Press into bottom of 9x13 pan. Bake for 10 minutes or until lightly toasted. Let cool completely. (This is very important in order for the dessert to set properly).

Beat together cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Fold in cool whip. Spread over pretzel mixture. Refrigerate till set. Approx 30 minutes.

In medium bowl, stir together jell-o with boiling water. Add frozen strawberries. Stir till berries are thaw. Let mixture begin to solidify (similar to the consistency of egg whites). You can speed this process up by putting it in the refrigerator for a few minutes. Then pour over the cream cheese mixture.

Refrigerate mixture till completely chilled. Approx. 1 hour.

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