How to Make Strawberry Pretzel Salad Dessert Cups

Here is how make strawberry pretzel salad in individual, easy to make dessert cups.

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Looking for how to make easy no bake dessert cups that make the best summer dessert? Here is how to make delicious strawberry dessert cups.

Summertime is the best time to make sure you have the best easy no bake desserts recipes lined up for your summer picnics and backyard parties. When it comes to easy summer desserts, strawberry pretzel salad is one of those easy things to make with strawberries that many people love.

Old fashioned strawberry pretzel salad is one of those classic, no bake desserts that is a go to dish when it comes to planning a summer menu. There are probably those who would say that strawberry pretzel salad is one of the best summer desserts, with it’s layers of crunchy crushed pretzels, cream cheese filling, sweet juicy strawberries, and, sometimes, whipped cream.

But at times, strawberry pretzel salad can be hard to handle when you’re trying to dish this easy strawberry dessert up for a party or picnic. That’s where individual strawberry pretzel salad dessert cups may come in handy. 

Since strawberry pretzel salad dessert cups can be made in small, individual dessert cups (with lids, if you want), this can be one of the more convenient summer desserts to bring to a barbecue. 

These strawberry pretzel salad dessert cups are easy to make, and you can store them in the refrigerator for a few hours until you’re ready to serve them, especially if you make dessert cups with lids. This is a rich, easy no bake dessert recipe that is perfect to make in individual cups.

These unique desserts in a cup make a great dessert to serve at parties, including baby showers, backyard barbecue parties, spring and summer potlucks, brunch celebrations, and other special occasions. Desserts in individual cups are a fun and easy way to dish out your favorite desserts—giving a everyone just enough sweetness to enjoy in a small, convenient package.

Here are some tips on how to make easy dessert cups using strawberries, cream cheese, and crushed pretzels to make an easy summer dessert that your family and friends will love to eat. Meanwhile, you’ll love how easy it is to make!

Strawberry Pretzel Salad Ingredients

Here are the ingredients that you’ll need to make strawberry pretzel salad dessert cups. Use 8 ounce dessert cups, bowls, or food jars to make the dessert.

  • Strawberries. Making strawberry pretzel salad is a great way to use fresh strawberries in a recipe when they are in season. You can also make strawberry pretzel salad using frozen strawberries. Thaw the frozen strawberries in the refrigerator overnight, drain the strawberries, and then add sugar and lemon juice to macerate the strawberries to bring out their flavor.
  • Granulated Sugar. Granulated sugar is used to macerate the strawberries. It can also be used to sweeten the yogurt and cream cheese layer of the strawberry pretzel dessert. 
  • Lemon. Fresh lemon juice can be used to bring out the tart flavors of strawberries.
  • Pretzels. Pretzels make a flavorful, crunchy pie crust for this easy no bake dessert. 
  • Butter. Butter adds flavor and richness to the crunchy pretzel layer. 
  • Vanilla. Vanilla extract is used to add flavor to both the crushed pretzel crust and the creamy yogurt layer.
  • Ground Cinnamon. A small amount of ground cinnamon is used to flavor the crushed pretzel crust.
  • Greek Yogurt and Cream Cheese. Plain Greek yogurt is blended with cream cheese to make an irresistible, creamy layer for the strawberry pretzel salad. 
  • Honey. Honey or sugar can be used to sweeten the Greek yogurt and cream cheese mixture.

How to Make Strawberry Pretzel Salad No Bake Dessert Cups

The trick to drawing out the flavor is to macerate the strawberries by mixing them up with a small amount of sugar and lemon juice. The sugar helps to bring out the sweetness of the strawberries, the lemon juice helps to highlight their tartness, and a nice juice forms around the berries that adds a ton of flavor to the dessert cups.

You can also make strawberry pretzel salad using frozen strawberries. Simply thaw the frozen strawberries overnight in the refrigerator, then drain the berries and add sugar and lemon juice to macerate.

You can use disposable cups or any small cup, or dessert bowl or dish, or small food jar to make easy dessert cups. All that you need is a dish that is small enough to make an individual dessert serving, but large enough to give you a few big bites to savor.

While the strawberries are resting, add the pretzels to a food processor. Pulse to chop the pretzels into fine pieces. 

Or place the pretzels in a thick food storage bag, like a freezer bag. Seal the bag and place it on a cutting board. Use a rolling pin or meat mallet to gently pound the bag, breaking the pretzels into small pieces. 

Place the crushed pretzels in a bowl. Drizzle the butter, vanilla, and ground cinnamon over the pretzels. Stir to combine the ingredients, and then set them aside. Salted pretzels can be used to help balance out the sweetness of the strawberry dessert cups; unsalted pretzels can be used if you prefer less salt. 

Add plain Greek yogurt (either full fat or nonfat is fine), cream cheese (or Neufchatel cheese, if preferred), ½ teaspoon of vanilla, and 1 tablespoon of sugar or honey to a separate mixing bowl. You can add more or less sweetener to the mixture, if desired.

Whisk to blend the ingredients together until they are smooth and creamy. This will make the creamy layer of the strawberry pretzel salad cups.

Next, fill the dessert cups or bowls with layers of pretzels, creamy yogurt, and strawberries. Use 8 ounce containers to make the dessert cups. Ideas include using disposable dessert cups with lids for a picnic or dessert bowls or food jars for a brunch party, or other special occasions.

Layer the crushed pretzels, yogurt and cream cheese blend, and strawberries in the jars, evenly dividing each ingredient among the jars. 

If desired, fold some strawberries into the yogurt mixture for additional flavor, before adding this layer to the dessert cups. 

Finally, garnish the strawberry pretzel salad cups with fresh sliced strawberries, fresh mint leaves, and crumbled pretzels or cookies to serve, for a fun and unique finish.

To help keep the pretzel crust from getting soggy, serve the strawberry dessert cups right away, or store the ingredients separately (refrigerate the strawberries and the cream mixture, and leave the pretzels at room temperature) and assemble the dessert cups just before eating them. 

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Strawberry Pretzel Salad Dessert Cups Recipe

Here is how to make strawberry pretzel salad dessert cups, an easy no bake dessert that is perfect for summer.

Strawberry Pretzel Salad Dessert Cups

Here is how make strawberry pretzel salad dessert cups, an easy no bake dessert that is perfect for backyard barbecue parties, summer potluck meals, and brunch!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword brunch recipes, strawberry recipes, summer recipes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6
Author Sweet Bacon & Pecans

Ingredients

  • 1 pint strawberries cored and sliced (2 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 2 cups mini pretzels
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 ½ cups plain Greek yogurt
  • 6 ounces cream cheese softened
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar or honey or to taste
  • Sliced strawberries, crushed pretzels, whipped cream, or fresh mint leaves, to garnish optional

Instructions

  • Start by macerating the strawberries to draw out their flavor. Place the strawberries in a mixing bowl, and then add sugar and the juice of one lemon. Stir to combine the ingredients, and then set them aside to rest for 30 minutes.
  • While the strawberries are resting, add the pretzels to a food processor. Pulse to chop the pretzels into fine pieces. Or place the pretzels in a thick food storage bag, such as a freezer bag. Seal the bag and place it on a cutting board. Use a rolling pin or meat mallet to gently pound the bag, breaking the pretzels into small pieces.
  • Place the crushed pretzels in a bowl. Drizzle the pretzels with butter, vanilla, and ground cinnamon. Stir to combine the ingredients, and then set the bowl aside.
  • Next, add Greek yogurt, cream cheese, ½ teaspoon of vanilla, and 1 tablespoon of sugar or honey (or to taste) to a separate mixing bowl. Whisk to blend the ingredients together until they are smooth and creamy.
  • Next, fill six 8 ounce dessert cups with the ingredients. Layer the pretzels, creamy yogurt and cream cheese blend, and strawberries in the jars, dividing each ingredient evenly among the cups. You can also fold some strawberries into the yogurt mixture for additional flavor.
  • Garnish the strawberry pretzel salad cups with fresh sliced strawberries, fresh mint leaves, and crumbled pretzels to serve, if desired. Serve immediately or keep the dessert cups covered and chilled until ready to serve.

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