Classic recipe, new spin: Strawberry pretzel cheesecake

Dessert is a beautiful thing and I don’t believe I have to say goodbye just because I’m eating healthier.

Jon found this classic recipe for Strawberry Pretzel Salad and shared it with me.

Ok, first…why this is called a salad, I don’t know. If you do, explain it to me.

It looked like a variation on cheesecake, so that’s what I decided to call my version. The original version used full-fat cream cheese, whipped topping and strawberries in syrup. All told, it added up to about 255 calories per slice (1/24th of the sheet).

The only thing I did not change up was the pretzels, butter and sugar. Next time, I might use a little less butter and try Splenda or something. Even without those changes,  I got the calories down to about 145 calories per serving .

The family enjoyed it, so I thought I’d share. I’m trying to cook more, so it feels awesome to know something I made turned out pretty well.

Strawberry pretzel 'cheesecake' made by me
Strawberry pretzel ‘cheesecake’ made by me

Here’s what you need:

8 oz Neufchatel Cheese, softened
3 cup Whipped topping, frozen, low fat (like Cool Whip)
2 cups pretzels, crushed
1 cup granulated sugar + 3 tablespoons Granulated Sugar
1.5 stick butter, unsalted
2 cup, unthawed strawberries, frozen, unsweetened
2 – 3 oz boxes Sugar Free Jello Strawberry
2 cups boiling water


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Crushed pretzels and put into mixing bowl.
Add melted butter and 3 tablespoons of sugar.
Combine and press into a 13×9 pan.
Bake for 8-10 minutes until set.
Allow to cool.

In a mixing bowl, combine 1 cup sugar and the cream cheese.
Spread cream cheese mixture on top of crust.

Boil 2 cups water
Mix in Jello and stir completely
Add in frozen strawberries and allow to set for about 5 minutes

Then, pour Jello mixture on top of cream cheese layer.

Immediately refrigerate. Allow to chill for at least 3-4 hours.
Fold in whipped topping.

Serving Size: Cut into 24 squares

My favorite quote

My favorite quote comes from one of my favorite writer’s of all time: Aaron Sorkin.

“Act as if ye have faith and faith shall be given to you. Put it another way, fake it till you make it.” – Leo McGarry, “The West Wing

Ok, well, he took it the first part of it from The Bible’s New Testament — the Gospel of Matthew to be exact.

Not a bad source, as far as they go 🙂

Here’s the clip where the quote comes from. It seems fitting that this quote, from this scene comes up at this time in our history. I’m leaving my commentary at that and will just let you enjoy.

What is your favorite quote? Share it in the comments below!