Strawberry Mascarpone Pretzel Salad in a Jar
Strawberry Mascarpone Pretzel Salad in a Jar is a variation to the reto Strawberry Pretzel Salad that has been popular since the 1960’s. This dessert was at any covered dish event we ever went to. It is perfect for summer because it is colorful, refreshing, and so delicious. Created in a jar with a lid makes it portable, it can be placed in a cooler on ice, and individual servings of any dessert are always a big hit.
Last week I was going through some shelves in my basement and ran across a vintage strawberry shortcake cake stand that my mother had given me so many years ago. I had actually forgotten about it, but seeing it again brought back many happy memories.
After washing it up, I set it in my kitchen to use as inspiration for making everything I could think of that was a strawberry recipe. It was my inspiration and motivation. Strawberry Pretzel Salad is one of my husband’s favorite desserts, so it was on the list.
Last year I purchased these small jars with lids at Wal-Mart, and have used them so many times. We were having a cook-out, so I decided to create this dessert in the jars. This was helpful in transporting my dessert.
I made some of the jars with the traditional recipe, and in the others, I created a version using mascarpone cheese instead of the cream cheese. The reviews were mixed. My husband was the biggest critic. He did like the mascarpone ones, but prefers the traditional cream cheese.
The size of the jar will determine the exact measurements. Mix the pretzel crust and place about 2 heaping tablespoon in bottom of each jar. Slightly press down with your fingers. Bake at 350 degrees for 6 minutes. Remove from oven and cool.
Mix an envelope of *DREAM WHIP as directed on the package. Place in refrigerator to chill.
Combine the jello with hot water and frozen strawberries as in directions. Chill until starting to set.
Mix together mascarpone cheese, confectioner sugar, and vanilla.
To fill the jars, add mascarpone cheese layer first.
Top with jello layer, then, with Dream Whip and a fresh strawberry.
Refrigerate until ready to serve. Place the lid on jar when ready to transport.
This recipe was shared on Weekend Potluck @Sweet Little Bluebird
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