Healthy recipe: Strawberry pretzel squares

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  • By Kayla Scherf
  • Health and Wellness Center
The Health and Wellness Center dietician provides a series of seasonal recipes for each month. April's recipes are based on strawberries.

2 cups finely crushed pretzels
1/2 cup sugar or substitute, divided
2/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
12 ounces fat-free or light cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons fat-free milk
1 cup thawed fat-free or sugar-free whipped topping
2 cups boiling water
1 6-ounce package sugar-free strawberry gelatin
1 1/2 cups cold water
4 cups strawberries, sliced

How to make it
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix pretzel crumbs, 1/4 cup sugar and butter; press onto bottom of 13x9-inch pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Cool.
3. Beat cream cheese, remaining sugar and milk until blended. Stir whipped topping; spread over crust. Refrigerate.
4. Add boiling water to gelatin mix in large bowl; stir 2 minutes until completely dissolved. Stir in cold water. Refrigerate 1 1/2 hours until thickened.
5. Stir berries into gelatin; spoon over cream cheese layer. Refrigerate 3 hours until firm.

Total preparation time: 5 hours
Makes 20 servings