Enjoy this light and fluffy Pineapple dream dessert anytime you are craving something sweet. The cream cheese layer with pineapple is the perfect dessert without being too heavy. You will love it combined with graham cracker crust.

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The pineapple layer is so creamy and the perfect blend of sweetness without being too much. It is a great dessert to make when it is really hot outside, and you want something sweet but not too heavy. It’s an easy oven baked dessert that you can easily fit into busy schedules.

It reminds me of Cherry Yum Yum with the layers and graham cracker crust. It’s a great recipe.

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This dessert really is a dream! It is so easy to make, inexpensive and delicious. I love to make this for a simple yet fabulous dessert. It is perfect for a holiday gathering.

Ingredients

photo of ingredients: graham cracker crumbs, powdered sugar, butter, cream cheese, crushed pineapple and whipped topping.

Crust

  • Graham Cracker Crumbs 
  • unsalted Butter 

Layers

  • Powdered Sugar 
  • unsalted butter
  • cream cheese
  • Whipped topping. You can use cool whip or store brand.
  • Crushed Pineapple – drain this well so it does not make the dessert soggy.

Find the complete ingredient list at the bottom of the page.

How to make pineapple dream dessert

  • Step 1. First, preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
Graham cracker crumbs in bowl with melted butter combined together.

Step 2. Next, melt the butter for the graham cracker crust. Once the butter is melted, stir in the graham cracker crumbs.

Graham cracker crumbs pressed into baking dish.

Step 3. Get out a 9×9 baking pan and press the graham cracker crumb mixture into the pan. Make sure it is even and bake for about 10 minutes. Let this cool completely on a wire rack.

Filling mixture in bowl.

Step 4. While the crust cools, mix together the pineapple layer in a large bowl. Beat the cream cheese and butter for the layers using an electric mixer. You can use a handheld mixer or a stand mixer. Slowly, add the powdered sugar. I gradually add a little at a time until its mixed together really good with the cream cheese mixture.

Pineapple added to bowl and folded in by hand.

Step 5. Add the crushed pineapple and stir this together. Make sure to do this by hand.

Mixture spread over crust.

Step 6. Finally, spread the mixture over the crust into an even layer. I like to use a spatula to smooth this out.

More graham crackers sprinkled on top.

Step 7. Combine the whip cream and the remaining pineapple. Spread this on top of the cream cheese mixture. Don’t forget to drain crushed pineapple. Top with the graham cracker crumbs that are left. Put in the fridge for at least a couple of hours to let the layers set and the flavor blend.

Pro Tips

  • No Bake Version – Another option to try is a no bake version of this dessert. It is really easy to do. Just refrigerate the graham cracker crust instead of baking it. Follow the directions as normal and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before adding the layers to it.
  •  Food processor. You can make graham cracker crumbs instead of buying them if you prefer. If you have a food processor, it is quick and easy. You can get a really fine texture. However, you can also put them in a ziplock bag and use a rolling pin.
  • Don’t overmix the cream cheese mixture. Just beat it until well combined and creamy and fluffy.
  • Mix the crushed pineapple in by hand instead of using a mixer.
  • If you like pretzel salad, try substituting crushed pretzels for the graham cracker crumbs in this no bake pineapple dream dessert.

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Pineapple dream dessert

4.84 from 6 votes
Enjoy this easy Pineapple dream dessert anytime you are craving something sweet. The cream cheese layer with pineapple is light and fluffy.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Refrigerate 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 25 minutes
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 370

Ingredients

  • For the Crust:
  • 2 1/2 cup Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • 1/2 cup unsalted Butter
  • For the Layers:
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 8 oz cool Whip thawed
  • 20 oz can of Crushed Pineapple Drained Well

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
  • Melt the butter for the crust and then stir in 2 cups of graham cracker crumbs into the melted butter.  Press this mixture into the bottom of a 9X9 baking pan.  Bake for 8-10 minutes and them move to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • The beat together the cream cheese and butter for the layers with a hand held mixer or stand up mixer until well combined and creamy.
  • Gradually add in the powdered sugar until it’s all combined into the cream cheese and butter mixture.
  • Stir in by hand 1 Tbsp of the crushed pineapple.
  • Then spread this mixture evenly over the graham cracker crust with a spatula
  • Stir together the cool whip and remaining crushed pineapple. Then spread this mixture on top of the cream cheese mixture in the pan.
  • Top with the remaining graham cracker crumbs and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  • Then slice, serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

You can make a no bake version of this dessert by refrigerating the graham cracker crust instead of baking it.  Make as directed and then refrigerate for at least 2 hours before topping with the layers. 

Nutrition Facts

Calories 370kcal, Carbohydrates 36g, Protein 3g, Fat 25g, Saturated Fat 14g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 64mg, Sodium 192mg, Potassium 141mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 24g, Vitamin A 783IU, Vitamin C 4mg, Calcium 65mg, Iron 1mg

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