Creamsicle Pretzel Dessert

May  8, 2021
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  • Prep time 8 hours
  • Cook time 10 minutes
  • Serves 9x13 pan. Serves 12
Author Notes

My family loves the strawberry pretzel dessert that was popular in the late 1980s but felt like we wanted to try updating it by making a different flavor. My husband adores orange anything so we developed a Creamsicle Version that we feel is better than the original Strawberry Dessert. —Gribbinsdonna

What You'll Need
  • 6 ounces Orange Gelatin
  • 11 ounces Can of Mandarin Oranges, drained
  • 2.5 cups Crushed pretzel crumbs
  • 12 tablespoons Melted butter
  • 8 ounces Thawed Whipped Topping
  • 8 ounces Softened Cream Cheese
  • 1.5 teaspoons Vanilla extract
  • 1.25 cups Granulated sugar, divided
  • 2 cups Boiled Water
  1. Boil 2 cups of water. In medium bowl pour in orange gelatin and stir well until dissolved. Drain canned mandarin oranges and stir into gelatin. Refrigerate 2 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and melt butter. In food processor or blender crush the pretzels to a coarse crumb texture. Stir in 1/4 cup of granulated sugar and melted butter. Spread into greased 9x13 pan and bake 10 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.
  3. I large bowl combine softened cream cheese, 1 cup granulated sugar and vanilla and mix until smooth. Flod in thawed whipped topping. Refrigerate.
  4. After 2 hours, when your gelatin and mandarin oranges have started to thicken assemble your dessert. Spread the cream cheese filling over the cooled crust and gently spoon the orange gelatin mixture over the filling. Refrigerate 4 to 6 more hours before serving.

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