Strawberry Pretzel Salad Bites are the perfect party food! A pretzel crust holds a creamy filling and a fresh strawberry adorns the top! Each bite is creamy, sweet and salty; the best combo!
Strawberry Pretzel Salad Brings Up a Distinct Memory
When I was a kid, my parents often took us to a restaurant in our local mall. It was called Hot Shoppes. It wasn’t quite a buffet and it wasn’t quite a diner either. The decor was very brown; it was probably meant to feel homey, like your dining room. It felt very dated to me, although for the 70’s the decor was on point.
To order, you would walk up to kitchen area, grab a tray and move down the line, grabbing food as you walked down the line. You could choose from little bowls of coleslaw, salad, or cottage cheese; dessert could be a fruit cup, strawberry pretzel salad, green jello (not sure why it was always green) or pudding, then you’d move to get your meal. I remember my parents always asked for the blue plate special, which literally meant the “food of the day” served on a plate with a blue rim. I can’t remember the details of the meals, just that there was a protein with gravy and lots of creamed veggies.
None of the food described above was the kind of food we ate at home, so I can’t imagine why my parents liked that place. I can only assume it was because my parents could not pass up a bargain. The meals themselves were not very memorable, but that strawberry pretzel salad is ingrained in my mind.
The thing is, I am not a big fan of Jello. I never have it around and I never use it in recipes, but the memory of that bright red Jello and the white filling will always bring back some serious nostalgia. These little bites have zero Jello, but the taste will remind you of that class Jello salad.
About These Strawberry Pretzel Salad Bites
These little guys start with crushed up pretzels that, when tossed with melted butter, form perfect little crusts. They are then filled with a cream cheese filling mixture which tastes rich like cheesecake and each little bite is topped with a fresh strawberry. These are easy mini desserts that give you the salty and sweet taste that many of us love! If you love this, definitely try these Strawberry Lemonade Cheesecake Cupcakes and these phyllo cups filled with tropical fruit salsa!
Strawberry Pretzel Salad Bites
Strawberry Pretzel Salad Bites are the perfect party food! A pretzel crust holds a creamy filling and a fresh strawberry top! Each bite is creamy, sweet and salt; the best combo!
- 2 cups pretzels, finely crushed
- ¾ cup melted butter
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 8 oz cream cheese
- ¼ cup sugar
- 8 oz whipped topping
- Fresh strawberries
Preheat the oven to 375. Spray a mini muffin pan with nonstick spray and set aside.
In a food processor, pulse pretzels into fine crumbs, add melted butter and sugar and mix until combined. Press pretzel mixture into each muffin cup and bake for 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.
Meanwhile, combine cream cheese and sugar in a bowl and beat with a mixer until smooth and creamy. Fold in whipped topping. Fill each cup with a dollop of cream cheese mixture. Top each bite with strawberry slices.