Pineapple Dream Dessert (+Video)
(Almost) No-Bake Pineapple Dream Dessert is a delicious summer dessert! Cream cheese, pineapple, whipped topping and graham crackers – so simple!
A CREAMY (ALMOST NO-BAKE) DESSERT
To celebrate summer, I thought I’d share this old school recipe made with graham crackers, crushed pineapple, cream cheese and Cool Whip It was pretty popular in the 70’s. It’s simple to make but it’s served chilled so it is refreshing and surprisingly does not taste heavy at all. This 8×8-inch dish can be cut into 12-15 pieces so it serves more than you would think. Do yourself a favor and bring back this favorite dessert and make it a 1970’s summer to remember.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
You can use salted or unsalted butter, whatever you have. Just make sure that it is butter and not margarine. Generally I will use unsalted but I’ve made it with salted and it still tastes great.
Yes! This is a great substitution. It would taste very much like an orange creamsicle!
Yes, you can make it with homemade whipped cream but the Cool Whip holds up better in this recipe. Unfortunately, homemade whipped cream doesn’t stay stabilized as long as whipped topping.
I’ve only ever used the canned fruit for this recipe so I can’t say whether it would work with fresh cut fruit.
This dessert needs to be kept covered in the refrigerator where it will keep for up to 3 days. Pineapple Dream Dessert can also be frozen. Wrap with plastic wrap then aluminum foil and it will keep for up to 3 months. To defrost, put into the refrigerator overnight.
INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (SEE RECIPE CARD BELOW FOR THE FULL RECIPE)
- graham cracker crumbs
- cream cheese
- powdered sugar
- whipped topping (COOL WHIP)
- crushed pineapple
HOW TO MAKE PINEAPPLE DREAM DESSERT:
Preheat oven to 300F degrees. Crush the graham crackers. I just put them in a Ziploc bag and pound them. You can also just buy graham cracker crumbs too. Whatever works for you. I just happened to have these graham crackers for s’mores.
Also, at this point, go ahead and get your pineapple drained. I just throw it in a strainer and let it drain while I get to work on everything else.
Melt 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter in the microwave using a medium, microwave-safe bowl.
Add 2 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs to the melted butter and stir until combined.
Measure out 2 CUPS of the crumb mixture and press it firmly into the bottom of an 8×8 or 9×9 square baking dish.
It helps to use the bottom of a flat measuring cup or glass to press the mixture down.
Bake crumb mixture for about 8-10 minutes and then allow to cool completely.
You’ll have some crumb mixture left over. Just hang onto it because you’ll need it for the topping. Measure 4 ounces (1/2 block) softened cream cheese. Most cream cheese is sold in blocks of 8 ounces and have these handy dandy little markings on them to help you measure it out easily.
Beat the cream cheese and butter together until creamy.
It helps to use an electric mixer or a stand mixer for this.
If using a stand mixer, turn it down to low and add the powdered sugar slowly until it is all incorporated and smooth.
Now add in a big ole heaping tablespoon of the drained pineapple and give it a good stir.
Next, spread the cream cheese mixture over the baked and cooled graham cracker crust.
In a separate bowl, combine the whipped topping with the remaining drained crushed pineapple.
Stir well. It will get thick and clumpy. Spread whipped topping mixture over the cream cheese layer. I just drop it by the blob-full all over and then gently spread it using the back of my spoon.
Now, sprinkle the rest of the graham cracker crumb mixture on the top.
Cover with plastic wrap.
Then refrigerate for at least 4 hours. This is a great dessert to make the night before you actually need to serve it.
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Pineapple Dream Dessert (+Video)
For the crust:
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs,
For the filling:
- 4 ounces cream cheese (1/2 block), softened to room temperature
- 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), room temperature
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 8 ounce container frozen whipped topping (COOL WHIP), thawed
- 20 ounce can crushed pineapple drained well
- Preheat oven to 300F.
For the crust:
- Crush graham crackers. Also, drain 20 ounce can crushed pineapple.
- Melt 1/2 cup butter in the microwave in a medium, microwave-safe bowl.
- Add 2 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs, to the melted butter and stir until combined.
- Measure out 2 CUPS of the crumb mixture and press it firmly into the bottom of an 8×8-inch or 9×9-inch square baking dish (whichever you have)
- Bake crumb mixture for about 8-10 minutes and then allow to cool completely.
- You’ll have some crumb mixture (1/2 cup) left over. Just hang onto it because you’ll need it for the topping.
For the filling:
- In a stand mixer (or using an electric mixer), beat 4 ounces cream cheese (1/2 block), softened to room temperature and 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), room temperature until creamy.
- If using a stand mixer, turn it down to low and add 2 cups powdered sugar slowly until it is all incorporated and smooth.
- Now add in a heaping tablespoon of the drained crushed pineapple and give it a good stir.
- Next, spread the cream cheese mixture over the baked and cooled graham cracker crust.
- In a separate bowl, combine 8 ounce container frozen whipped topping (COOL WHIP), thawed with the remaining drained crushed pineapple.
- Stir well. It will get thick and clumpy.
- Spread whipped topping mixture over the cream cheese layer. I just drop it by the blob-full all over and then gently spread it using the back of my spoon.
- Now, sprinkle the rest of the graham cracker crumb mixture on the top.
- Cover the whole dish with plastic wrap. Then refrigerate for at least 4 hours before slicing and serving.
“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.
Originally published: June 2015
Updated & republished: May 2020
Recipe credit: Amanda’s Cookin
This is a good recipe and I have made it before but was wondering why you bake your crust and others don’t does it make it better or do you think it holds together better or is it just your preference?
I think it holds it better together & gives it more flavor
Looks delicious. Will try it soon.
Hope you love it!
Yum! I used gluten free graham crackers and cut the entire recipe in half because I was trying to use up the remainder of a can of crushed pineapple.
It came out perfect.
Thank you for a great recipe!
Love that you are able to make it work for you Jen!