Easy peasy Pineapple Fluff whips up in minutes and is a fantastic treat for friends and family! This timeless dessert has been served at many a Minnesota potluck and I’m so excited to finally share our recipe with you! If you love easy pineapple treats, be sure to try the Pineapple Dessert that inspired it all!

Pineapple Fluff

Easy Pineapple Fluff

I have to tell you, I refused to eat this growing up. I thought I disliked pineapple so would throw a fit if it was anywhere near me. For 20 sad years, I didn’t touch anything pineapple related. Then, on one glorious summer day in 2005, I “accidentally” ate some of this Pineapple Fluff. The pineapple is crushed so hard to see in this dessert, and I thought I was trying a strawberry fluff. Well. I have been hooked ever since. Bummed for the years I missed out, but so thankful it’s back in my life!

What is a Fluff recipe?

Typically it is an instant pudding base with whipped topping added to create a lighter and “fluffier” texture. This recipe does not have pudding and utilizes cream cheese. But the final result is the same… a lighter, fluffier, flavor-packed mousse-like recipe that folks can’t get enough of! I also have other fluff desserts like blueberry lemon, Oreo, cranberry fluff (perfect for the holidays), and pistachio fluff you may want to try.

How to Make Pineapple Fluff

How to Serve Pineapple Fluff

When attending an event I make it in a big bowl and bring a big spoon. (Who doesn’t love a giant helping of pineapple fluff?) But when at home I like to serve it in individual bowls. I often head to the local thrift shop or dollar store and pick up ice cream dishes. I love it when they don’t match, it always adds a rustic aesthetic to the presentation that folks love

Pineapple Fluff Recipe

Variations for Pineapple Fluff

  • Use instant vanilla pudding in place of the cream cheese.
  • Use cottage cheese as a base and add pineapple, cherries, and whipped topping.
  • Try maraschino cherries instead of cherry pie filling. I used a 24-ounce jar (drained) and roughly chopped the cherries before adding.
  • Make homemade mini marshmallows.
  • Top with chopped pecans or white chocolate chips.
The Best Pineapple Fluff
pineapple fluff
4.75 from 4 votes

Pineapple Fluff

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
We love this easy (SO EASY) and delicious Pineapple Fluff. Always a crowd pleaser!



  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • ½ cup (1 stick / 113 g) butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, drained
  • 8 ounces whipped topping, such as cool whip
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup maraschino cherries, drained and chopped


  • In a large bowl and using a hand-held mixer, mix the cream cheese and butter until creamy. (This can also be done by hand if the cream cheese and butter are softened)
  • Add in 2 cups of confectioners sugar and mix again until fully combined.
  • Add in the whipped topping (cool whip), crushed pineapple, mini marshmallows, and cherries. Using a spatula, gently mix until fully incorporated.
  • Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight.

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Reader Comments

  1. The only Pineapple Fluff I have ever had/made is made with whipped cream and marshmallow cream. Never heard of pudding mix as an ingredient. Been making it this way for 50 years. I will give yours a try to see if I have been missing something.

  2. Haven’t tried the recipe yet; but will definitely give it a go. Is there anyway for the picture of the item to be printed when you print the recipe? I know that plain chicken.com offers the option to print the recipe with or without the image.

  3. Have made something similar using sour cream, pineapple tidbits or chunks, mandarin oranges and maraschino cherries, with shredded coconut and mini marshmallows if desired, Yum!

  4. Great 👍👍👍👍👍👍👍😍😍😍🌹♥️💋💋💋💋💋💋💋Thank You ☝️🤗💥♥️😘

  5. I am going to make it tomorrow cause l just got home from work l put the item on my grocery list and l am ready to try the new pineapple treat thank you

  6. I have had ages ago! It was great! Now I am diabetic. The powdered sugar is not acceptable. Could I replace it with vanilla sugar free pudding?

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