Strawberry Cream Cheese Dessert

Ingredients

Crust
  • 1 cup finely crushed pretzels 
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/3 cup margarine or butter, melted
Filling
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 1 (8-oz.) pkg. light cream cheese (Neufchatel), softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 (8-oz.) container frozen light whipped topping, thawed
Topping
  • 1 (6-oz.) pkg. strawberry gelatin
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 2 (10-oz.) pkg. frozen strawberries in light syrup, partially thawed, broken apart

Instructions

1 _ Heat oven to 400°F. Spray sides only of 9-inch springform or 13x9-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray. In small bowl, combine crushed pretzels and 4 teaspoons sugar; mix well. Add margarine; stir until well combined. Press mixture in bottom of sprayed pan. Bake at 400°F. for 8 to 10 minutes or until set.* Cool.

2 _ Place cold water in small saucepan or 2-cup microwave-safe measuring cup. Sprinkle unflavored gelatin over water; let stand 3 minutes to soften. Heat over low heat, or microwave on HIGH for 30 to 40 seconds, until gelatin is dissolved. Cool slightly.

3 _ In medium bowl, beat cream cheese and 1 cup sugar until well blended. Beat in gelatin mixture until blended. Place bowl in freezer for 5 minutes.


4 _ Beat cream cheese mixture at high speed for 2 minutes. Fold in whipped topping. Spread mixture evenly over crust. Refrigerate while preparing topping.

5 _ In medium bowl, combine strawberry gelatin and boiling water; stir until gelatin is dissolved. Add frozen strawberries. Stir to separate strawberries and thicken gelatin slightly. Pour evenly over cream cheese mixture. Refrigerate at least 1 hour to set. Store in refrigerator.

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