Mandarin Orange Pretzel Dessert


Mandarin Orange Pretzel Dessert

Mandarin Orange Pretzel Dessert – This classic dessert features a crunchy pretzel crust, a creamy center, and silky top with mandarin oranges and orange flavored gelatin. Perfect for a summer luncheon!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 16 -20
Author: Carla M Romere


  • Crust
  • 2 cups crushed pretzels
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter melted
  • Filling
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 8 ounces whipped topping thawed
  • Topping
  • 1 box 3 ounce orange gelatin
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 can 10 ounce DOLE Mandarin Oranges, drained


  • Preheat oven to 350. Coat a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick spray.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together the pretzels, sugar, and butter. Press evenly into the bottom of the prepared baking dish.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, or until mixture is lightly toasted. Set aside to cool completely.
  • In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar with a handheld mixer. Fold in the whipped topping until thoroughly combined. Spread evenly over the cooled pretzel layer, making sure it goes completely to the edges. Refrigerate until set, about 30-40 minutes.
  • In another medium bowl, whisk together the orange gelatin powder with 1 cup boiling water. Stir until completely dissolved. Then whisk in 1 cup of cold water. Gently mix in the mandarin orange slices.
  • Pour mixture over the cooled cream cheese layer.
  • Refrigerate until completely chilled and set, about 3 hours. Slice and serve!


Spread the cream cheese mixture over the top of the pretzel crust completely to the edges so the gelatin won't leak through.