Recipe: Strawberry Pretzel Squares

A less sweet treat for the family
Strawberry Pretzel Squares

This delicious dessert has 30% less sugar and half the calories and fat of the traditional version.

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2 cups finely crushed pretzels
1/3 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
½ cup sugar, evenly divided
1½ 8-ounce packages of reduced-fat cream cheese
2 tablespoons skim (fat-free) milk
1 cup “lite” whipped topping, thawed
2 cups boiling water
One 6-ounce package strawberry gelatin
1½ cups cold water
4 cups sliced fresh strawberries


1. Heat oven to 350 F.
2. Mix crushed pretzels, butter, applesauce and ¼ cup sugar. Press onto bottom of 13×9 inch pan. Bake 10 minutes. Cool.
3. Beat cream cheese, milk and remaining sugar until blended. Stir in whipped topping and spread over crust. Refrigerate.
4. Add boiling water to gelatin mix in a large bowl. Stir 2 minutes until completely dissolved. Stir in cold water. Refrigerate for about 1½ hours or until thickened.
5. Stir in strawberries; spoon over layer of cream cheese. Refrigerate for 3 hours or until firm.

Nutrition information

Makes 20 servings
Serving size: 1 square (20 squares per pan)

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Calories: 116
Protein: 2 g
Total fat: 6 g
Saturated fat: 4 g
Cholesterol: 16 mg
Total carbohydrate: 14 g
Sugar: 10 g
Dietary fiber: 1 g
Sodium: 178 mg
Potassium: 56 mg

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