My mom had us over for the 4th of July to have dinner. I made a dessert to bring along to share. I had these a couple of years ago and had always meant to make them but never did. They are a very refreshing dessert for summertime. You have the salty of the pretzel crust, sourness of the 1st layer from the margarita mix. Then the sweetness of the strawberry top layer. It's a perfect combo! So delicious!
I meant to garnish these but didn't have a chance. They would look lovely with some whipped topping, sliced strawberry and maybe a small slice of lime on top.
Strawberry Margarita Squares
2 cups pretzels (1 cup crushed)
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup sugar
2 pkgs. (8oz each) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup thawed, frozen margarita mix, concentrate (non-alcoholic)
2 containers (8oz each) cool whip, thawed
1 pkg. (3oz) strawberry gelatin
1/2 cup boiling water
1 pkg (10 oz) frozen sliced strawberries in syrup
fresh strawberry slices (for garnish-optional)
lime slices (for garnish- optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. For crust, finely crush pretzels in small food processor. Melt butter in small bowl in the microwave. Add crushed pretzels, sugar and melted butter into a bowl and mix well. Press mixture onto bottom of 9x13 baking dish. I used a small glass to help press it into place. Bake 10 minutes. Cool completely.
2. For filling, beat cream cheese and margarita mix in a bowl with a hand mixer until well-blended. Fold in 2 cups of cool whip. Using an offset spreader, carefully spread cream cheese mixture evenly over crust. Refrigerate while preparing strawberry layer.
3. Place gelatin in a bowl. Stir in boiling water; stir until completely dissolved. Add frozen strawberries and stir until strawberries separate and gelatin is thickened (a spoon drawn through mixture will leave an impression). Whisk in 3 cups of the cool whip. Pour over cream cheese layer, spreading edges. Refrigerate 3 hours to set.
4. Cut dessert into squares. Garnish each with remaining cool whip. Top with sliced strawberries and lime slices.
Hope you enjoy these as much as I do!