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Pineapple Delight

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Luscious layers of pineapple-filled whipped cream, cream cheese and graham crackers make this pineapple delight dessert an ideal cold treat.
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Table of Contents
  1. PINEAPPLE DELIGHT INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS PINEAPPLE DELIGHT RECIPE
  3. HOW TO SERVE
  4. STORAGE
  5. FAQ
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This pineapple delight features a buttery graham cracker crust, a layer of smooth cream cheese filling and a fluffy whipped cream and pineapple topping. The tropical flavors of the dreamy pineapple filling make this such a refreshing dessert. It’s perfect at a potluck or backyard barbecue — or any night of the week.

If you love this pineapple delight cake, try our heaven on earth cake, oreo delight, and strawberry delight for other easy recipes.

close up shot of a piece of pineapple delight on a plate with a piece taken out of it with a fork

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Pineapple Upside Down Cake | Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake


PINEAPPLE DELIGHT INGREDIENTS

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You will need:

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

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.

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: In a small bowl combine the 1¾ cups graham cracker crumbs, 8 tablespoons of melted butter, and 1 tablespoon of sugar.

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STEP TWO: Lightly spray an 8×8-inch baking pan (metal or glass is fine). Press the graham cracker mixture into the bottom of the baking dish.

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STEP THREE: Preheat the oven to 325°F and bake for 10 minutes. Allow the crust to cool completely.

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.

STEP FOUR: Using either a stand mixer or a handheld electric mixer, cream together the softened butter, cream cheese, and vanilla.

PRO TIP: Make sure your butter and cream cheese are at room temperature so that they blend completely and don’t leave lumps in this layer.

STEP FIVE: Carefully add the powdered sugar a ½ cup at a time. Mix until the cream cheese mixture is smooth.

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

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

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STEP EIGHT: Gently spread over the top of the cream cheese layer.

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

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

HOW TO SERVE

Make this pineapple dream delight for a potluck or a picnic. It is so easy to whip up, you really don’t need any particular reason at all to serve this. If you want to go all out and add even more decadence, add a scoop of no-churn vanilla ice cream to your plate.

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.

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A creamy, dreamy whipped cream and sweet pineapple topping, a velvety cream cheese center, and a crunchy graham cracker crust, what more could you ask for? This Hawaiian pineapple delight dessert is an excellent choice to whip up anytime.

FAQ

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

5 from 49 votes
Luscious layers of pineapple-filled whipped cream, cream cheese and graham crackers make this pineapple delight dessert an ideal cold treat.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 1¾ cup graham crackers crushed (plus 1 tablespoon for garnish)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 9 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 8 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces Cool Whip
  • 20 ounces crushed pineapple in heavy syrup drained

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  • Lightly spray an 8×8-inch baking dish (metal or glass is fine).
  • In a small bowl combine the 1¾ cups of crushed graham crackers, 8 tablespoons 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.

Notes

TIP: If you can’t find crushed graham crackers, you can crush them yourself by placing them into a Ziploc and a rolling pin.
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.
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.
TIP: Make sure your butter and cream cheese are at room temperature so that they blend completely and don’t leave lumps in this layer.

Nutrition

Calories: 550kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 399mg | Potassium: 179mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 49g | Vitamin A: 953IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Layne Henderson says

    Pasteurized eggs are eggs that have been pasteurized in order to reduce the risk of food-borne illness in dishes that are not cooked or are only lightly cooked. They may be sold as liquid egg products or pasteurized in the shell.

  2. Layne Henderson says

    The recipe is a very old family recipe before people were worried about eating raw eggs. That’s why there is a note that you can use pasteurized eggs if you would like to.

  3. Phyllis says

    Is the auger suppose to be confections sugar or did you do something to regular sugar? The sugar was very gritty in the dish even after beating it for at least three minutes. Also, it was miss what to do with the other half of the pecans.

    • Layne Kangas says

      I have always used regular sugar! One half of the pecans goes on top of the crushed vanilla wafers and then the second half goes on top of the cream layer.

    • Layne Kangas says

      I haven’t tried using fresh so I don’t know for certain if it will turn out the same or if you would need to change anything up. Please let me know if you try it. Enjoy!

  4. Betty Edwards says

    5 stars
    My Mother found this recipe back in 1971! She made it and everyone loved it, even my daughter who will not eat pineapple! Go figure. Mom made it for every holiday or Special Occasion. I made it occasionally because if I make it I will eat it! Just can’t stop!

  5. Della Veilleux says

    5 stars
    I so love pineapple any way you van eat or drink it. Then I would use gram cracker or vanilla wafers. Just think of both mixed together. I also would try chocolate drizzle over the top, yummy!

  6. Stephanie Linde says

    5 stars
    This seems very similar to “millionaire pie” so, I think I would top this treat with toasted pecan pieces.

  7. Pam says

    5 stars
    I would use graham crackers. But wonder how it would be using half graham crackers and half wafers.

  8. KACY HAYES--------------- says

    would make this with the pre-made graham cracker pie crusts …kinda semi home made. Going to try this with some mixed fruit cocktail that has been drained, might be adding some coconut and chopped walnuts. Great recipe to mess with…lol

  9. Kristen Hawley says

    5 stars
    I absolutely LOVE pineapple desserts! I’d even go as far as to add some toasted coconut to the top! 🍍🥥🍍🥥

  10. Lorna Hayes says

    5 stars
    On the eve of a major holiday weekend, Memorial Day, this is the perfect dessert to have on hand. We have been experiencing temperatures in the high 90’s to low 100’s recently. This pineapple dessert will be refreshing and cooling for guests. It also has that reminiscent taste of “pineapple whip” which everyone enjoys and has special memories of where they first tasted it. This is definitely a WINNER. Thank you for sharing.

  11. Lori Pennington says

    5 stars
    I don’t care for pineapples except on a ham when I am baking it my mom loved pineapple upside down cake

  12. Lisa says

    5 stars
    Love the ease of this recipe. I would certainly try this recipe with vanilla wafers.
    Thanks for posting Amazing recipes.

    Lisa

  13. Marta Watters says

    5 stars
    I love pineapple!! I love it in recipes and I love it fresh. I have to stop myself from eating all the pineapple in just one sitting. This looks delicious!

  14. Miki says

    My entire family loves pineapple desserts. They are good any time of the year. They can be refreshing as a light dessert after a big meal or eaten as a snack any time. I’ve even been know to finish off this particular dessert for breakfast!

  15. Joyce waldner says

    5 stars
    I love pineapple desserts, sprinkled with coconut…my favorite lasagna dessert is cherry pie filling. Everybody in my family loves cherry desserts.

  16. Mili says

    5 stars
    My entire family loves pineapple desserts. They are good any time of the year. They can be refreshing as a light dessert after a big meal or eaten as a snack any time. I’ve even been know to finish off this particular dessert for breakfast!

  17. Sherri S says

    5 stars
    This is so light and refreshing. Pineapple reminds me of warm vacation destinations. I would make this crust vanilla cookies, I don’t think the chocolate sauce is necessary it’s perfect just as it is.

  18. Arlene Gawlik says

    5 stars
    I love anything with pineapple in it. This recipe looks and sounds so amazing and I will be making this very soon. I may try it with the cookie crust as well to see which way I like better. Thank you so much for your wonderful recipes.

  19. Beth says

    5 stars
    This recipe sounds delicious and seems to be very simple to make! I think I would toast some coconut to sprinkle on top instead of the graham cracker crumbs, but I would also add a little to the crust before I fill the pie. YUMMMMMM!!!!

  20. juanita scroggin says

    looks great will try an if chocolate lovers are around i will drizzle some on top. thanks for the different ideas!

  21. Doris McCann says

    5 stars
    Have not made this recipe, but have made one quite like it. It is very easy to put together and is very, very good. The one I made was made with the graham crackers and that’s what I would use in this one. Great recipe.

  22. Liz Walsh says

    5 stars
    Friday, May 27, 2022

    I love pineapple desserts.
    I would make this with a graham cracker crust.
    Definitely top with chocolate sauce.
    My favorite flavor of dessert lasagna is S’mores.
    I would put the coconut 🥥 on the side. This way people can choose if they want coconut 🥥 on the Pineapple 🍍 Dessert.

  23. wende says

    5 stars
    I love everything pineapple…desserts, salad, pizza, etc!!! This dessert is delicious and refreshing. I use graham cracker crumbs and would never top it with chocolate or coconut. I want the pineapple flavor to stand out. Thanks for posting!

  24. Melinda Pettijohn says

    5 stars
    I would make this dessert with the vanilla wafer crust. I’d probably skip the chocolate but I’d definitely add coconut!!

  25. madeleinemulanix says

    5 stars
    I like graham crackers but am not a fan of graham cracker crust, so I would make it with vanilla wafers.

  26. lynda says

    5 stars
    For the crust i substituted with 1/2 & 1/2 crushed graham crackers and pecans. I also added 1/2 tsp pineapple extract as i really like pineapple.

  27. Susan says

    5 stars
    I do love pineapple desserts, and pineapple in general. I do think this would be better with the Graham cracker crust.

  28. Lois Imel says

    5 stars
    This Pineapple Delight recipe sounds Awesome!!! Will make real soon.
    Yes, I love pineapple. I will make this recipe with graham cracker crust. No, I will not top it with chocolate, maybe nuts. Really don’t have a favorite lasagna dessert, this one might be it. No, I will not top it the coconut flakes. Hubby nor I like coconut.
    Keep sending your Awesome recipes. Can’t wait to try a lot of them real soon.

  29. Sam says

    Hello 🙂 I have a question regarding the nutritional information: I’m assuming it’s broken down for 8 peices from and 8×8 pan but I wanted to double check.
    Thank you and I’m definitely looking forward to making this! It looks really tasty!

    • Layne Kangas says

      Hi, Brenda – we haven’t tried it with a premade crust. I think a premade crust would be thinner than what we have here and the dessert might not hold up as good without the thicker crust.