Pineapple delight is a delicious dessert made with a golden graham cracker crust, cheesecake filling, crushed pineapple and whipped cream!
This pineapple delight recipe will have you swooning over the light and fluffy filling topped with the tart and delicious crushed pineapple. This is a favorite dessert of ours and we like to serve it with bang bang cauliflower and 3 ingredient orange chicken and sometimes we even like to top it with toasted coconut.
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Why you’ll love this recipe!
📌 The creamy cheesecake pineapple filling!
📌 Quick and easy to throw together.
📌 A great make ahead recipe! Chill in the fridge until ready to serve.
📌 The perfect light and fluffy dessert for any occasion!
Pineapple Delight Ingredients
- Crust – Graham cracker crumbs, butter, sugar and salt.
- Butter – Unsalted, softened.
- Cream cheese – Softened.
- Sour cream – Whatever brand you prefer. Can also be substituted with plain greek yogurt.
- Vanilla – Real vanilla extract.
- Powdered sugar – Also known as confectioners sugar.
- Topping – Crushed pineapple, drained and whipped cream, thawed.
How do you make homemade pineapple delight? (step-by-step directions)
⭐ First, combine the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and salt until everything is well combined. Press into the bottom of an 8×8 baking dish. Bake and allow to cool completely.
⭐ Next, cream together the butter and cream cheese with an electric beater. Add in the sour cream and vanilla and beat until combined.
⭐ Then, add in the powdered sugar and beat until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Spread evenly over the cooled graham cracker crust.
⭐ Last, fold the crushed pineapple into the whipped topping and smooth evenly over the cheesecake filling. Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs over the top and chill until ready to serve.
Scroll down to the printable recipe card toward the bottom of this article for ingredient measurements and detailed cooking instructions.
Can you make pineapple delight ahead of time?
Yes, this is a great make ahead dessert. Make a day or two in advance and keep chilled in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Can I use homemade whipped cream?
Yes, homemade whipped cream will work fine. Make sure you whip the cream to nice stiff peaks before topping the cheesecake filling.
Can I use fresh pineapple for pineapple delight?
We used crushed pineapple from a can for this recipe but you can definitely use fresh pineapple. Cut up the fresh pineapple and pulse in a food processor until the desired consistency is met.
Storage and leftovers
How long does pineapple delight last?
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Can I freeze pineapple delight?
Yes, make sure the cheesecake has had time to set in the refrigerator, then store in a freezer safe, airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator.
Tips and tricks
✅ Make sure to chill the cake for at least 4 hours so it has time to set.
✅ Try adding some toasted coconut to the top.
✅ Change up the fruit in the topping to strawberries, cherries, or even pumpkin.
✅ Make several of these and store them in the freezer. Perfect for new baby gifts and unexpected company.
Frequently asked questions
Can I use a different crust for Pineapple Delight?
While the graham cracker crust is traditional, you can experiment with alternatives like a cookie crust or even a nut crust for added flavor. You can also pre-bake our traditional pie crust and then fill it with the no bake pineapple delight filling!
Can I make Pineapple Delight in individual servings?
Absolutely! Consider using small serving dishes or cupcake tins for individual portions, making it perfect for parties or gatherings.
Is there a substitute for sour cream in the filling?
Yes, if you don’t have sour cream, plain Greek yogurt can be used as a substitute with similar results.
Can I reduce the sugar content in the filling?
Yes, you can adjust the powdered sugar to your taste preferences. Keep in mind that it may affect the texture of the filling.
How can I prevent the whipped topping from deflating?
Ensure the whipped topping is fully thawed and gently fold in the crushed pineapple. Avoid overmixing to maintain a light and fluffy texture.
Can I use a different fruit topping besides pineapple?
Absolutely! Experiment with other fruits like strawberries, blueberries, or peaches for a personalized twist.
What to enjoy with this pineapple delight dessert (serving suggestions)
More delicious pineapple recipes to try!
- Pineapple bundt cake
- Pineapple dump cake
- Pineapple fluff
- Pineapple ice cream
- Pineapple margarita
- Dole whip popsicles
- Frozen pineapple tea
- See all our pineapple recipes!
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- No bake pumpkin pie recipe
- Easy biscoff truffles
- Coca cola fudge
- Oreo cheesecake no bake
- Orange creamsicle pie
- See all our no bake dessert ideas!
Tools we love
- Casserole dish – We used in 8×8.5″ dish. I love one that comes with a cover.
- Electric mixer – You can use an electric mixer to whip it together quickly.
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How to Make Pineapple Delight
- 1½ cups graham cracker crumbs plus extra for topping
- 6 tablespoons butter melted
- 2 tablespoons white granulated sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup butter softened
- 4 ounces cream cheese softened
- ¼ cup sour cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 can crushed pineapple (20 ounces) well drained
- 8 ounces whipped topping thawed
- Combine the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, sugar and salt until everything is well moistened. Press into the bottom of an 8x8 baking dish.
- OPTIONAL STEP: Bake in a 350℉ oven for 10 minutes. Allow to cool completely. We find this makes the crust more cohesive, but it is not strictly required.
- Cream together the butter and cream cheese with an electric beater. Add in the sour cream and vanilla and beat until combined, then add in the powdered sugar about half a cup at a time and beat until mixture is smooth and creamy. Spread evenly over the cooled graham cracker crust.
- Fold the crushed pineapple into the whipped topping and smooth evenly over the cheesecake filling. Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs over the top.
- Chill at least 4 hours, or until ready to serve.
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