This is one of my all-time favorite side dishes/desserts. I always serve it at Thanksgiving, but it is great for a summer picnic or a potluck.
3/4 c. butter
2 c. crushed pretzels
8 oz. pkg. cream cheese
1 c. powdered sugar
6 oz. pkg. strawberry Jell-O
2 c. hot water
2 pkg. thawed frozen (16 oz.) strawberries
9 oz. Cool Whip
Melt butter; add pretzels. Bake for 10 min. in 9x13 in. Pyrex pan at 350 degrees. Cool and set aside.
Soften cream cheese in a bowl; add powdered sugar. Mix with crushed pretzels and spread into the pan. Cool pretzel crust and refrigerate.
Boil water and add to Jell-O in bowl. Add thawed out strawberries. Pour over cooled pretzel crust. Refrigerate for four hours. Spread Cool Whip on top just before serving.