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Saturday, July 6, 2024

Delicious Strawberry Crunch Cheesecake with 12 Servings


Strawberry Crunch Cheesecake Delight

Desserts that capture the essence of the season's abundance are the perfect complement to lazy summer days spent basking in the golden sun. Countless Midwesterners can't get enough of Strawberry Crunch Cheesecake Delight. It has the luscious, creamy texture of cheesecake, the juicy, sweet flavor of strawberries, and the perfect crunch of toppings. This dish has been in the family for a long time, and it's great for special occasions or even just a Sunday dinner. It makes me long for the days of going strawberry picking with my kids and making something unique out of those juicy red fruits.

The delightful Strawberry Crunch Cheesecake Delight is perfect for ending any meal, especially when served cold. To make it more elegant, add whipped cream and a sprig of mint. It goes well with both. It would go well with grilled chicken and a fresh garden salad, so you may include it in a bigger spread if you wish. Elevate a basic dessert into a lovely summer ritual with a glass of iced tea or lemonade on the side.


  • 2 cups crushed pretzels
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup softened cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1 container (8 ounces) whipped topping
  • 1 package (6 ounces) strawberry gelatin
  • 2 cups boiling water


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the melted butter, granulated sugar, and crushed pretzels. Press the mixture into the base of a 9x13-inch baking dish to form a crust.
  3. Bake the crust in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes, or until lightly browned. Allow it to cool completely on a wire rack.
  4. In a large bowl, mix the powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and cream cheese until smooth. Fold in the whipped topping.
  5. Once the pretzel crust has cooled, spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over it.
  6. In a separate bowl, dissolve the strawberry gelatin in the boiling water. Add the sliced strawberries and mix well.
  7. Carefully pour the gelatin-strawberry mixture over the cream cheese layer. Refrigerate for at least four hours, or until the gelatin is set.
  8. When ready to serve, slice into squares and enjoy the delicious combination of strawberry filling, crunchy topping, and creamy interior.

Variations and Tips:

  • For a twist, try mixing in blueberries or raspberries with corresponding gelatin flavors.
  • If pretzels aren't your preference, use a graham cracker crust instead.
  • Add some lemon zest to the cream cheese mixture for a tangy edge.
  • For a more decadent version, drizzle chocolate sauce over the top just before serving.
  • Using fresh, in-season strawberries will enhance the flavor.


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