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Strawberry Cream Cheese Dessert

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  • 40 min prep time
  • 1 hr 40 min total time
  • 11 ingredients
  • 12 servings
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Delicious strawberry-filled baked pie crust – a delightful dessert made with cream cheese, sugar, whipped topping and gelatin.

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

Steps

  • 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.

Expert Tips

*For 13x9-inch pan, bake crust at 400°F. for 5 to 8 minutes or just until set. DO NOT OVERBAKE.

Unflavored gelatin contains no sugar, coloring or flavor. It is used to set clear jelly desserts, Bavarian creams, aspic and clear savory glazes.

To reduce the amount of fat in each serving of this dessert by about 7 grams, use fat-free pretzels, fat-free cream cheese and nonfat whipped topping.

Prepare this yummy dessert a day in advance. Cover it and keep it refrigerated.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
330
% Daily Value
Total Fat
12g
18%
Saturated Fat
6g
30%
Cholesterol
15mg
5%
Sodium
250mg
10%
Total Carbohydrate
52g
17%
Dietary Fiber
1g
4%
Protein
4g
4%
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
8%
8%
Vitamin C
25%
25%
Calcium
2%
2%
Iron
4%
4%
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 2 Fruit; 3 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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