Pineapple Dessert

filed under: Dessert on July 3, 2019

This is not your average Pineapple Dessert. It is big, loaded with pineapple flavor, and beyond light and fluffy! And the best part? It’s completely NO BAKE! If you love this dessert (and I know you will), don’t miss my Piggy Pie Dessert!


Pineapple Dessert

If you love EASY desserts that just happen to taste great, this is the dessert for you. I saw this on Amanda’s Cooking (what a great name!😉) and had to give it a try. The biggest changes I made were adding a bit more butter to the crust so that it would stay together better and double the filling ingredients. I like a nice big slice of this dessert and found that by increasing the filling (but not the sugar!)  it fit just perfectly into a 10×15 pan. It also fits into a 9×13 pan, but the ingredients come right up to the top which can mean random graham crackers crumbs in your refrigerator. My refrigerator has seen worse, so no complaints from me!

Pineapple Dream Dessert

What is in Pineapple Dessert?

Let’s break down the ingredients:

  • Graham Crackers
  • Butter
  • Cream Cheese
  • Confectioners Sugar
  • Pineapple
  • Whipped Topping

And that’s it! You wouldn’t believe that such simple ingredients could produce such a fantastic dessert, but they definitely do.

Pineapple Dessert

How to Make Pineapple Dessert

Make sure your butter and cream cheese are room temperature. In a large bowl, add the butter and cream cheese and mix with a hand-held mixer until smooth. Add in the confectioner’s sugar and mix again, starting on low so that you don’t end up in a cloud of sugar.

Now add in the 2 cans of crushed pineapple. Here is where you should taste test though… start with 1 can. Some of my kids much preferred this dessert with only 1 can of pineapple, but my husband and I liked 2 better. It honestly isn’t a huge difference, but if you have someone who is on the fence about pineapple desserts, 1 can might be a great place to start.

After the pineapple has been mixed in (I do this with a spatula) you can fold in the whipped topping. Whether you make your whipped topping or use store-bought (cool whip) is up to you.

Easy Pineapple Dessert


How to Make Homemade Whipped Topping

I believe that this dessert is better with store-bought as it adds stability to the filling. However, making whipped topping from scratch is so simple you can easily incorporate it into this recipe.

To make whipped topping from scratch you take 1 cup of heavy whipping cream and add 1-2 tablespoons of confectioners sugar. Whip the heavy whipping cream for a couple of minutes with your hand-held mixer until you have soft peaks. Sprinkle the confectioner’s sugar over top and keep mixing on high until there are stiff peaks. I do recommend using a large bowl to avoid splatter. Best if used immediately.

Assembling the Pineapple Dessert

Now that the filling is done, you can assemble the dessert. Pour 3 cups (you should have 4 cups total) of the graham cracker crumbs into a prepared 10×15 pan. Press down until the crumbs are compact and even. Pour the filling on top and smooth out with an offset spatula or the spatula you used to mix it.

Finally, sprinkle remaining graham cracker crumbs over top. Pop the dessert into the refrigerator until ready to serve. While we have eaten this immediately after preparing, I do prefer it chilled. Especially on a hot summers day!

The Best Pineapple Dessert

What Pan Do You Use for This Pineapple Dessert?

This is a big recipe, enough to feed 12 people very well. (I dare say that even 24 folks could eat a slice and be satisfied!) I recommend a 10×15 baking dish. If you are anything like me you have 6 different casserole dishes in your cupboard and they are all a different size. (But all labeled 9×13, of course 😂) Grab the biggest one you have which would at least be 9×13. This dessert will definitely fit into a 9×13 pan, but nothing smaller.

4.89 from 9 votes
Pineapple Dream Dessert
Pineapple Dessert
Prep Time
10 mins

We love this easy (SO EASY) and delicious dessert that is NO BAKE!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pineapple dessert, pineapple dream dessert, pineapple lush
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 18 graham crackers, crushed
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks or 168g) butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick or 113g) butter, room temperature
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 40 ounce (2 cans) crushed pineapple, drained
  • 16 ounces whipped topping, such as cool whip
  1. Smash graham cracker crumbs until they are fine. Add in melted butter and using a fork, combine the graham crackers crumbs and butter completely. Make sure every crumb is coated in butter. Set aside.
  1. In a large bowl and using a hand-held mixer, mix the cream cheese and butter until creamy.
  2. Add in 2 cups of confectioners sugar and mix again until fully combined.
  3. Add in the whipped topping (cool whip) and the crushed pineapple. Using a spatula, gently mix until fully incorporated.

  4. In a 10x 15 casserole dish (or 9x13 dish, but nothing smaller) that has been sprayed with non-stick spray, add 3 cups of the graham cracker crumbs. (You should have 1 cup remaining.) Press until flat and even.

  5. Pour the filling onto the crust and spread in an even layer.
  6. Sprinkle the remaining graham cracker crumbs over top.
  7. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight.

Looking for More Pineapple Desserts?

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  • Richard DeWitt says:

    I am looking for a 7 layer dessert. I know it has a gram cracker crust, chocolate pudding, vanilla pudding in layers.
    It also has cream cheese, whipped topping.
    Can’t remember what else.

    Hope you can help me.

  • Cheryl says:

    I have graham cracker crumbs in my pantry. How many cups equals 18 graham crackers?

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      About 2 sleeves

  • Pamala D Hull says:

    O.M.G!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I just made a SECOND batch of this in less than 24 hrs!! This is CRAZY good and easy. I did half the recipe so that makes me feel a little less guilty! AND, I use REAL whipping cream. Such a HUGE hit! And easy. My new fav!!!

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      I made 2 batches in 24 hours too!! lol So glad you enjoyed it and love the fresh whipped cream addition! <3

  • Joanne Euart says:

    K made this for the 4th as I had some homegrown pineapples I needed to use. So light and delicious for a hot summer evening. Everyone loved them. Will definitely make this again!!

  • Judy says:

    This was delicious!! I substituted powdered monk fruit for confectioners sugar and it was awesome! Thx Amanda! Wish you had a cook book for purchase. Love your recipes!

  • Dottie says:

    Five star rating. Will have to try this.

  • Megan says:

    IF someone doesn’t mind baking, you could also make this on a plain cake and just icing the cake with the pineapple mixture 🤤

  • Cindy Zingelmann says:

    The Pineapple Fluff was delicious

  • Ellen says:

    We loved it and will make it again.

  • Linda says:

    I am wondering if you could give me a guideline what desserts you can freeze ahead.which ones to. Thank you.

  • Dee says:

    Simply amazingly delicious ‼️
    And so easy to make.

  • Patty says:

    Cheryl, 9.6 oz would be the equivalent weight.

  • Carolmarie says:

    Can u use dairy free cream cheese?

  • Blake Brown says:

    Just made this. Did anyone’s dessert turn out awfully bitter? I know you’re not supposed to mix dairy and pineapple but I dont know where I went wrong. It was like a punch in the mouth and not in a good kind of way. Any advice?

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Oh goodness… it should not be bitter at all!!! There is no individual ingredient that would cause that. My suspicion is that it was bad pineapple.

  • Kim lee says:

    Do I drain the pineapple?

    • Amanda Rettke says:


  • Jo steele says:

    Pineapple dessert sounds delicious

  • RACHEL says:


  • Pam says:

    What a wonderful desert. I absolutely love pineapple and this looks delicious. I can’t wait to try it. You have the best recipes ❤️

  • Adrian says:

    Do I absolutely have to add an entire stick of butter to the cream cheese mixture? Is there a substitute?

  • patsy says:


  • Arlene says:

    I’ve made this numerous times & it’s always received high raves from my guests. It’s not overly sweet & is perfect anytime. My only advice (and it might already be written & I missed it)….ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS crush graham crackers yourself as recipe states. When I first found this recipe it was from another site the difference was the pan size so ingredients were obviously different amounts. She said you could substitute graham crackers crumbs for crushing them yourself, DON’T!!!! The taste was horrible. I changed the recipe I originally found to make it in the larger pan & came up with what she has. Give it a try you won’t be disappointed!!

  • Diana L Sonder says:

    search Dream Desert

    has chocolate, vanilla,
    whipped topping but it has a pie crust
    type recipe on the bottom/

  • Carol says:

    Came out delish i will add this one to my recipes

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      So glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

  • Melissa Hudson says:

    Hi! My kids LOVED this. Only problem was, it stuck to my Pyrex. Any idea what I might have done wrong? I did spray it before putting the crust in. I used pre-crushed graham crackers and had to guess how many to use – so maybe not enough? Thank you! I love your Insta page!!

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Sorry about that! You can always add a piece of parchment to the bottom of the pan for easy removal. Glad it tasted god though!

  • Deb wyatt says:

    This was awesome! Added chopped pecans to the filling. Amazing!