Pineapple Delight

 

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Pineapple delight is a swoon-worthy dessert with the lush flavors of pineapple, cream cheese, whipped cream, and graham crackers, and it’s deliciously easy to make.
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  1. Pineapple Delight Ingredients
  2. Substitutions and Additions
  3. How to Make This Pineapple Delight Recipe
  4. How to Serve
  5. Storage
  6. Frequently Asked Questions
  7. More Recipes You’ll Love
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Dreamy pineapple delight is a nearly no-bake dessert with the lush flavors of pineapple, cream cheese, whipped cream, and graham crackers. Rich and sweet, this tangy cool dessert is deliciously easy to make for your next gathering. 

If you love this pineapple delight cake, and need more tropical treats, try our pineapple upside-down mini cakes, tornado cake, or pineapple lemonade

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Pineapple Delight Ingredients

pineapple delight raw ingredients that are labeled

You will need:

  • 1 ¾  cups of graham crackers, crushed (+ 1 tablespoon for garnish)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 9 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 ¾ cups powdered sugar
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 8 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon clear vanilla
  • 8-ounce container of whipped topping
  • 20-ounce can of crushed pineapple in heavy syrup, drained

Substitutions and Additions

WHIPPED TOPPING: If you cannot find a container of Cool Whip or prefer to make your own, try our homemade whipped cream recipe. 

GRAHAM CRACKERS: If you want a different flavor for the base, try crushed vanilla wafers in place of the graham crumbs. 

How to Make This Pineapple Delight Recipe

Pro Tip: It’s highly recommended to make this dessert a day ahead of time and refrigerate it overnight. This will allow it to thicken and makes it easier to cut into slices.

STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 325°F.

STEP TWO: Lightly spray an 8×8 baking dish (metal or glass is fine).

Pro Tip: If you can’t find crushed graham crackers, you can crush them yourself by placing them into a Ziploc and a rolling pin.

STEP THREE: In a small bowl combine the 1 ¾ cups of crushed graham crackers, 1 stick + 1 tablespoon of melted butter, and 1 tablespoon of sugar.

graham cracker, butter, and sugar folded together in a bowl

STEP FOUR: Press the graham cracker mixture in the bottom of the baking dish.

STEP FIVE: Bake for 10 minutes.  Allow the crust to completely cool.

graham cracker pressed into the bottom of a baking dish

STEP SIX: Using either a stand mixer or a handheld mixer, cream together the softened butter, cream cheese, and vanilla. Carefully add the powdered sugar a ½ cup at a time. Mix until the cream cheese mixture is smooth.

Pro Tip: Make sure that your crust is completely cool before going on to your second layer. It’s important that the crust is cooled so that the following layers set properly on top of it.

powdered sugar and cream cheese blended together in a bowl

STEP SEVEN: Evenly spread the cream cheese filling over the completely cooled crust.

cream cheese filling spread over the crust

STEP EIGHT: Using the same bowl as the one used for the filling, gently fold the pineapple into the whipped topping. 

pineapple and cool whip folded together in a bowl

STEP NINE: Gently spread the whipped topping over the cream cheese layer.

cool whip mixture spread over the cream cheese mixture

STEP TEN: Add the additional 1 tablespoon of crushed graham crackers to the top as garnish.

graham cracker sprinkles on top

STEP ELEVEN: Place the baking dish in the refrigerator for 4 hours to ensure the dessert is properly set.

STEP TWELVE: Keep refrigerated until serving.

How to Serve

Friends and family will adore this pineapple delight if you bring it to a party or a get-together, but you don’t need a special occasion to put together this simple dessert. Just one bite will give you a summertime taste any time of the year. You can really go over the top by serving your cool delight with a scoop of ice cream.  

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE:  Keep this delightful dessert refrigerated until serving. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. 

IN THE FREEZER: This pineapple delight recipe freezes well. You should place your dessert uncovered in the freezer until solid. Then, you can cover it and return it to the freezer for up to a month before defrosting it in the refrigerator.

overhead shot of a cake in a baking dish

Pineapple delight is a swoon-worthy dessert with layers of velvety cream cheese filling and a fluffy whipped cream and pineapple topping all on top of a buttery graham cracker crust. Delightful to serve at a picnic with friends or for an easy weeknight dessert. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you freeze pineapple delight? 

You can freeze this fluffy dessert for up to a month. Cover in plastic wrap before freezing. Thaw in the fridge overnight before serving.

Do you have to bake this recipe? 

This recipe is ALMOST a no-bake dessert. You just have to bake the crust before adding the other layers.

Is this recipe the same as Pineapple Lush or Pineapple Lasagna? 

Yes! This great recipe goes by many names, including pineapple lush, pineapple dream, and pineapple lasagna.

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Pineapple Delight

Pineapple delight is a swoon-worthy dessert with the lush flavors of pineapple, cream cheese, whipped cream, and graham crackers, and it’s deliciously easy to make.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Chill Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 9

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ¾ cups graham crackers, crushed (plus 1 tablespoon for garnish)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 9 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 ¾ cups powdered sugar
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 8 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon clear vanilla
  • 8 ounces whipped topping
  • 20 ounce crushed pineapple in heavy syrup, drained

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  • Lightly spray an 8×8 baking dish (metal or glass is fine).
  • In a small bowl combine the 1 ¾ cups of crushed graham crackers, 1 stick plus 1 tablespoon of melted butter and 1 tablespoon of sugar.
  • Press the graham cracker mixture in the bottom of the baking dish.
  • Bake for 10 minutes. Allow the crust to completely cool.
  • Using either a stand mixer or a handheld mixer, cream together the softened butter, cream cheese and vanilla. Carefully add the powdered sugar a ½ cup at a time. Mix until the cream cheese mixture is smooth.
  • Evenly spread the cream cheese filling over the completely cooled crust.
  • Using the same bowl as the one used for the filling, gently fold the pineapple into the whipped topping.
  • Gently spread the whipped topping over the cream cheese layer.
  • Add the additional 1 tablespoon of crushed graham crackers to the top as garnish.
  • Place the baking dish in the refrigerator for 4 hours to ensure the dessert is properly set.
  • Keep refrigerated until serving.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Notes

  • It’s highly recommended to make this dessert a day ahead of time and refrigerate it overnight. This will allow it to thicken and makes it easier to cut into slices.
  • If you can’t find crushed graham crackers, you can crush them yourself by placing them into a Ziploc and a rolling pin.
  • Make sure that your crust is completely cool before going on to your second layer. It’s important that the crust is cooled so that the following layers set properly on top of it.

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  1. Christina Harig says

    5 stars
    I have made this twice and it is amazing!! The only change I make is to use a pre-made graham cracker pie crust just because it’s easier. The recipe is perfect for the large 11 inch crust or it will actually make 2 smaller 9 inch. Will make it many more time in the future!!

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