Strawberry Pretzel Cheesecake Dessert

This Strawberry Pretzel Cheesecake Dessert will be the highlight of your next BBQ or family gathering. Your loved ones will be grateful for this Lightened-Up Strawberry Pretzel Cheesecake Dessert.

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PREP TIME: 15 minutes
COOK TIME: 10 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 3 hours 25 minutes


  • 2 (.30 oz.) packages of sugar-free strawberry Jello
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced, or 1 (10 oz.) package of frozen sliced strawberries, thawed
  • 7 oz. mini pretzels
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar substitute (I use Lakanto Golden Monkfruit Sweetener)
  • 4 Tbsp Land O’ Lakes light butter made with canola oil
  • 8 oz. fat-free Cool Whip
  • 6 oz. light cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar substitute (I use Lakanto Classic Monkfruit Sweetener)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  3. Using a food scale, measure out 7 oz. of the mini pretzels.
  4. Place pretzels into a blender or food processor. Add the brown sugar substitute and melted butter. Blend for 30-40 seconds, ensuring the pretzels are not too finely ground. Pour the mixture into the prepared dish and press it evenly to form a crust. Bake for 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and cool completely (at least 15 minutes) before adding the cream cheese layer.
  6. Combine the sugar substitute, vanilla extract, and cream cheese in a food processor. Blend until smooth. Transfer the cream cheese mixture into a medium mixing bowl and fold in the Cool Whip.
  7. Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over the cooled pretzel crust, ensuring it reaches all corners and edges to prevent the top layer from soaking through.
  8. Refrigerate for at least 30-45 minutes before adding the top layer.
  9. Dissolve the sugar-free Jello in 2 cups of boiling water, stirring for at least 2 minutes. Add the strawberries and mix well.
  10. Chill the strawberry mixture in the fridge until it thickens to the consistency of egg whites, about 15-20 minutes.
  11. Pour the thickened strawberry mixture over the cream cheese layer. Refrigerate until set, at least 2 hours.
  12. Using a knife, cut into 12 even slices.

Notes: SERVINGS: Makes 12 servings

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