Imagine indulging in a dessert that captures the very essence of a tropical paradise. Pineapple Dream is precisely that—a luscious, creamy, and utterly delightful no-bake dessert that brings the sunny, tangy flavors of juicy pineapples right to your plate. With its layers of sweet pineapple filling, velvety cream cheese, and clouds of fluffy whipped topping, this dessert is a heavenly treat for your taste buds. Whether you’re hosting a summer soirée, planning a family gathering, or simply looking to satisfy your sweet tooth with a taste of paradise, Pineapple Dream is the answer.


For the Crust:

  • 2 cups of finely crushed graham crackers
  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar

For the Pineapple Layer:

  • 1 can (20 ounces) of crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract

For the Cream Cheese Layer:

  • 8 ounces of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract

For the Topping:

  • 1 tub (8 ounces) of whipped topping (such as Cool Whip)
  • Maraschino cherries and chopped pecans for garnish (optional)


Preparing the Crust:

  1. Begin by mixing the finely crushed graham crackers with the melted butter and granulated sugar in a bowl. Stir until the graham cracker crumbs are evenly coated with the butter and sugar.
  2. Press this graham cracker mixture firmly into the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish, creating a perfectly delicious crust. Use the back of a spoon or the bottom of a glass to press it down evenly and compactly.

Making the Pineapple Layer:

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the drained crushed pineapple, granulated sugar, and softened butter. This is where the magic begins.
  2. Cook the pineapple mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly until it reaches a gentle boil. The aroma of pineapples and the bubbling goodness in the pan are a preview of what’s to come.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and add the pure vanilla extract. Mix these into the bubbling pineapple mixture, stirring continuously. Continue to cook for 2-3 minutes or until the mixture thickens.
  4. Once the pineapple filling has thickened to perfection, remove it from the heat and let it cool slightly. The tropical aroma filling your kitchen is a delightful teaser for your taste buds.
  5. Pour this warm pineapple filling over the graham cracker crust you prepared earlier. Ensure the pineapple layer is spread evenly over the crust. Allow it to cool completely.

Creating the Cream Cheese Layer:

  1. Now, let’s move on to the cream cheese layer. In a mixing bowl, beat the softened cream cheese until it’s velvety smooth and creamy. This layer adds an irresistible richness to the dessert.
  2. Gradually add the powdered sugar and pure vanilla extract to the cream cheese, continuing to beat until the mixture is thoroughly combined. The sweet and creamy texture of this layer is a delight to behold.
  3. Spread this heavenly cream cheese mixture over the cooled pineapple layer. As you do, you’ll notice how the dessert’s layers come together beautifully.

Topping the Dessert:

  1. Carefully and generously spread the whipped topping over the cream cheese layer, creating a pillowy cloud of deliciousness that’s both light and airy.
  2. If you wish, garnish your Pineapple Dream with maraschino cherries and chopped pecans. These add a touch of vibrant color and delightful crunch to your masterpiece.

Chilling and Serving:

  1. It’s time to chill your creation to perfection. Refrigerate your Pineapple Dream dessert for at least 4 hours, allowing it to set. This period of waiting may feel like an eternity, but the reward is worth it.
  2. After the waiting period is over, take a moment to admire your masterpiece. Then, slice and serve this delightful treat. Each forkful promises a delightful blend of sweet and tangy pineapple, creamy richness, and the gentle crunch of the graham cracker crust.

Variations and Tips

  • Coconut Twist: For an extra touch of tropical paradise, mix shredded coconut into the cream cheese layer or sprinkle it on top.
  • Fruit Variations: While pineapple is the star, you can experiment with other canned fruits like mandarin oranges or peaches to create delightful variations.
  • Nut Options: Substitute pecans with your preferred nuts, such as walnuts or almonds, or omit them entirely if allergies are a concern.
  • Mini Versions: For elegant individual servings, prepare Pineapple Dream in small dessert cups or serving dishes.
  • Storage: Any leftover Pineapple Dream should be covered and stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. You’ll find that the flavors meld and become even more delightful over time.


Pineapple Dream is a dessert that’s as dreamy as it sounds. It’s a slice of tropical paradise that brings the sunny, tangy flavors of ripe pineapples to your plate. With layers that range from the sweet pineapple filling to the velvety cream cheese, and the cloud-like whipped topping, each bite is a heavenly experience. Whether you’re sharing it at a summer gathering, a special occasion, or simply enjoying a slice on your own, Pineapple Dream is bound to become a cherished dessert in your repertoire. Savor the creamy, dreamy flavors of this delightful creation and relish the taste of paradise on your palate!

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