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Pineapple Dream Dessert

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You know those desserts that seem to be at all the family gatherings? Those recipes that your grandma has been making for years? This is one of those desserts. This is one of those light and fluffy desserts that can be easily transported, hence it appearing at all those family functions, and rarely has leftovers.

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Back in the late 60′s Cool Whip entered the marketplace. It only took two years for this convenience item to become the company’s best selling item. Cool Whip has come under fire many times and the current version now contains milk and cream. However, if you prefer, you can substitute freshly made whipped cream for the Cool Whip in this recipe.

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This is a great recipe for taking to a party, holiday get together, or a potluck. It’s best to have a place to keep it refrigerated until ready to serve.

Pineapple Dream Dessert at AmandasCookin.com @amandaformaro

Preheat the oven to 300 F. Melt the butter in the microwave and let it cool. Combine the crumbs and butter, then press 2 cups of the crumb mixture firmly into an 9×9 square pan and bake for 8-10 minutes. Place on wire rack to cool.

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Beat the cream cheese and butter together until creamy. Turn the mixer down to low and add the powdered sugar one cup at a time until incorporated. Turn up and beat well for a minute or so. Add a heaping tablespoon of the drained crushed pineapple and stir in with a rubber spatula. Spread the cream cheese and pineapple mixture over the crust.

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Fold the remaining pineapple into the Cool Whip and spread on top of the cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle the remaining graham cracker crumb mixture on top. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.

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Does your family have their own version of this dessert? How do you make it and what do you call it?

Printable version of this recipe at the end

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Pineapple Dream Dessert

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Pineapple Dream Dessert

Ingredients

    Crust:
  • 2 1/2 cups graham crumbs (2 sleeves)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • Layers:
  • 2 cups of powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 8 oz container Cool Whip
  • 20 oz can crushed pineapple, drained well

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 F.
  2. Melt butter in the microwave and allow to cool. Combine the crumbs and butter and toss together until incorporated. Press 2 cups of the crumb mixture firmly into an 9×9 square pan and bake for 8-10 minutes. Place on wire rack to cool.
  3. Beat the cream cheese and butter together until creamy. Turn the mixer down to low and add the powdered sugar one cup at a time until incorporated. Turn up and beat well for a minute or so. Add a heaping tablespoon of the drained pineapple and stir in with a rubber spatula. Spread the cream cheese and pineapple mixture over the crust.
  4. Fold the remaining pineapple into the Cool Whip and spread on top of the cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle the remaining graham cracker crumb mixture on top. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.
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53 Responses to Pineapple Dream Dessert

  1. 1

    So funny what you wrote in the intro because as soon as I saw the picture it immediately reminded of a yummy dish my Grandmother used to make – and made me smile!!! Can’t wait to try your Pineapple Dream Dessert!!!

  2. 2

    Amanda,

    I remember this dessert. So good, so creamy….light and refreshing! I love pineapple & this looks incredble.

  3. 3

    I love summer dessert like this! I mean love!! It’s a must for an upcoming party!

  4. 4
    Amallia says:

    lovely dessert….perfect for coffee time

  5. 5
    Joy Anne says:

    Dear Amanda,
    This looks mouth-watering good! I come from a family that loves cheesecake, and I can’t wait to make this. We have a party coming up, so I’ll make this in pineapple and maybe one with strawberries! Thank you!
    Joy Anne

  6. 6
    Janice says:

    My mom used to make this and my dad has been asking for it! I can’t remember, it is crushed pineapple or chunks?

  7. 7
    Sandy_of_WV says:

    Might want to add what kind/type of pineapple you used in recipe.

    In reading the “Responses to Pineapple Dream Dessert” – I noticed you mentioned “crushed.”

    It would be helpful/nice if bloggers [and not just you] – adjust/correct their recipe when questions are asked to help others. :)

  8. 8
    Sandy_of_WV says:

    Typo on line 3 …
    Turn the mixture [should be - mixer] … I know things like this pop out for me! SORRY! :)

  9. 9
    Rachel says:

    I’m going to try sprinkling shredded coconut on the top, yumm!!

  10. 10
    Suzanne says:

    OMG, I LOVE this stuff!!!!! You’re killin’ me, Smalls!

  11. 11
    Sherry M says:

    A family favorite…they request it all the time! I call it Pineapple Surprise. I put all the crushed pineapple in the cool whip, but which ever way – its the best light & fruity dessert ~

  12. 12
    Carole Hendrix says:

    Forget the dessert, give me the tablecloth! Gorgeous!

  13. 13

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  14. 14
    Gloria Rhine says:

    Yummy

  15. 15
    Murvella McKenzie says:

    Amanda, My Mom made this and called it Pineapple Dessert. I grew up loving this and have made it for many years, but in old cookbooks it is known as “Flapper Pudding” as it is so simple even a Flapper could make it! Either way it is good!!

  16. 16
    Debbie says:

    Do you have a recipe for serving about 100 people?

  17. 17
    Tina quinn says:

    I make one with can cherries andwe call it cherry yum yum. It is so good!

  18. 18
    Viki Bacon says:

    This looks and sounds so absolutely wonderful!! I want to try making it very soon!!! Is there any chance anyone knows how to substitute the sugar with an artificial sweetner as I am diabetic and it may be too

  19. 19
    Kimberly Tokarczyk says:

    This looks amazing! And thanks for all your recipes-I already have about 10 that I want to try! The pictures on your website are fantastic and love the layout. Im glad I accidentally ran across your website today! Im a fan! :-)

  20. 20
    Joyce Davis says:

    This looks yummy, but why an 8 oz. can of pineapple when you only use 2 tablespoons ?

    • 20.1

      Hi Joyce! You actually add the rest to the cool whip, see step 4 in the printable instructions :) “Fold the remaining pineapple into the Cool Whip and spread on top of the cream cheese mixture.”

  21. 21
    Carol Hankins says:

    We make something very similar….8 oz cream cheese mixed well with 1 cup sugar, mixed with 20oz DRAINED crushed pineapple, fold in 8oz Cool Whip. You can put into graham cracker crust but we like to take little butter cookies (the ones that look like flowers) and just dip and scoop!! We call this “Pineapple Crack”…so good it’s addictive!

  22. 22
    Linda Cunningham says:

    I make something very similar that has mini marshmallows and chopped cherries added after the dream whip. Make 9×13 pan and freeze it, thaw for a few min then cut and serve. Very popular with everyone on a hot summers day and I made it a week before on a rainy day.

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    TJ says:

    Ahhhhhh, my mom and grand mother used to make something similar when we were growing up. It was called “heavenly hash,” and used Nilla Wafers for the crust and crumbs (no butter, just crushed into crumbs and small chunks and pressed into the pan) a raw beaten eggs, sugar, butter, and vanilla custard type sauce over the crumbs, sprinkled with crushed pineapple, and topped with whipped cream (not Cool Whip) and more cookie crumbs. Chilled in the fridge overnight…. Today, I suppose everyone would be wary of the raw eggs, but back then, we used fresh eggs. No one ever got sick from it – unless from eating too much, cuz it’s hard to stop once you start!

  24. 24
    Melissa L says:

    Made this for the first time for the impromptu Fourth of July BBQ we had yesterday.. So delicious!! It was well received! Very light and refreshing. Thanks for sharing!!

  25. 25
    Jo F. says:

    My aunt used to make this one, and the stained glass dessert which was similar but had all the different colors of jello cut in little squares. She would make both for every family gathering when I was a kid. Thanks for sharing this!

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