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Apple Cinnamon Pretzel Salad

A delicious pretzel salad filled with a creamy, cream cheese filling and topped with an apple cinnamon topping and crushed pretzels.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Chill Time4 hrs
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple Desserts, Apple Pretzel Salad, Cream Cheese, Easy Pretzel Salad, Pretzel Salad
Servings: 12
Calories:

Ingredients

For the Apple Cinnamon Topping

  • 4 Granny Smith apples, peeled, diced into small pieces
  • cups water
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

For the Pretzel Crust

  • 2 cups crushed pretzels
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ cup butter, melted

For the Cream Cheese Filling

  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 8 oz cool whip
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

For the Apple Cinnamon Topping

  • In a medium saucepan, over low heat, bring water, cornstarch, sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice to a boil, stirring constantly.
  • Continue stirring until sauce thickens, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Add diced apples, stir and let simmer for 8-10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let cool completely. Set aside.

For the Pretzel Crust

  • Mix crushed pretzels, sugar and butter together until combined (save a cup for topping).
  • Press into an ungreased 9x13 baking dish.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes, in a 350° preheated oven, then remove and let cool completely.

For the Cream Cheese Filling

  • Using a large bowl, beat cream cheese, powdered sugar together until light and fluffy.
  • Add cool whip and beat until combined.
  • Spread cream cheese mixture over pretzel crust.
  • Place in the fridge until chilled.
  • Once chilled, spoon apple mixture over cream cheese, spread evenly then sprinkle remaining pretzel mixture on top of apples.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 4-6 hours until set.