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Strawberry Pretzel Salad

My mom made this all the time when I was young.  It is especially good in the summer months since it taste so fresh. At first the pretzels seem like an odd choice. But trust me, the mix of the salty and sweet is my favorite!

Strawberry Pretzel Salad
Courtesy of {Linda Sackett}

2 cups crushed stick pretzels
3 Tbl sugar
3/4 cup melted butter
1 (8oz) cream cheese
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 ctn cool whip
1 large box strawberry jello
2 (10oz) sliced strawberries in sugar, partially thawed

Combine crushed pretzels, 3 Tbl sugar and butter.
Press into a 9x13 pan and bake at 400 for 8 minutes.
Cool completely.
Combine cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and cool whip.
Spread on cooled pretzel layer.
Pour jello into 2 cups hot water and stir until jello is dissolved
Add strawberries to jello and stir until well blended
Let set in refrigerator at least 10 minutes or until slightly thickened
Pour over cheese mixture
Chill for at least 2 hours before serving