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No Bake Pineapple Dream Dessert topped with coconut is cool, creamy and perfect for summer. You’ll want to make this easy vintage dessert again and again!

no bake pineapple dream dessert for summer

I found this little gem of a dessert when I was going through my grandma’s collection vintage recipes. You’ve probably noticed that I’ve been sharing a lot of old retro recipes lately, but I just love them. In fact, I’m having a blast with this little project of mine, and I guess if you’re going to start a hobby, it might as well be something you like to do, right?

And, as far as hobbies go, this one is pretty darn delicious –My family can vouch for that!

Anyway, let’s get back to how delicious this dessert just happens to be, because it really is very good and very easy to make. Plus, it’s a no-bake dessert, which is exactly what you want in the summer.

It was originally called Pineapple Dream Torte, and it was just a little slip of paper pasted onto a larger sheet, along with several others. I guess it was easier to keep track of them this way, instead of just throwing a lot of clippings into a bag. It just doesn’t tell you where the recipe came from.

When I think of a torte, I think of a fancy, schmancy cake. Since this isn’t a cake, and there’s nothing difficult or fancy about it, I just left that part off. The “dream” part of it probably refers to Dream Whip, which the original recipe called for. Since I’ve never even seen that around here, I used Cool Whip, instead, but any whipped topping would work.

no bake pineapple dream dessert topped with pineapple and coconut in dish

Making the pineapple dream dessert is super easy, and it really is a no-bake dessert every step of the way. It’s a lot like the strawberry pretzel salad, but even that one has a crust that needs to be baked. I have to admit that I was a little worried that the graham cracker crust wouldn’t set without some oven time, but it held together amazingly well.

After you make the crust, just mix the other ingredients together, pour the mix over the crust, and pop the whole thing in the fridge until you’re ready for dessert!

The kids helped make this creamy, dreamy dessert, so it came together in no time. But even if you don’t have any helpers, it’s still a very quick and easy dessert recipe. We did think it looked a little boring, so we added some shredded coconut and diced pineapple over the top. I had the coconut left over from making tropical fruit dip, but if you don’t have any on hand, don’t worry about it.

no bake pineapple dream dessert recipe

How to Make No Bake Pineapple Dream Dessert

4.85 from 32 votes

No Bake Pineapple Dream Dessert

By: Dee
Pineapple dream dessert is a cool, creamy easy no bake summer pineapple dessert made with a graham cracker crust and canned pineapple that's easy to make and perfect for summer!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
setting time: 2 hours
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 12


  • 1 8-oz package cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple (drained)
  • 1 8-oz tub whipped topping, like Cool Whip


  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • 20 individual graham crackers, crushed see Notes


  • ¼ cup shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup diced pineapple (drained)
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  • In a medium mixing bowl, mix the cream cheese with an electric mixer until slightly fluffy
  • Gradually add the powdered sugar, and mix until well combined
  • Mix in the whipped topping, and beat until fluffy
  • With a spatula, fold in the crushed pineapple, then set aside
  • In a small mixing bowl, mix the crushed graham crackers, granulated sugar and melted butter until well combined, then, pat mixture into a 9 X 9 baking dish
  • Spoon the filling over the crust, and smooth with spatula until even
  • Top with shredded coconut and diced pineapple, and refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm 



The 20 graham crackers would be 20 individual small rectangles — breaking the squares in half. In other words, 10 squares, like you would use to make s’mores, or 5 large unbroken rectangle sheets straight from the package.


Calories: 254kcal, Carbohydrates: 38g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 20mg, Sodium: 227mg, Potassium: 62mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 25g, Vitamin A: 245IU, Vitamin C: 6.6mg, Calcium: 22mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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My family loved this no bake pineapple dream dessert. If you’re looking for an easy no bake dessert for summer potlucks, gatherings or just for your family, give this one a try!

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  1. Julie says:

    I am new to making desserts and I would love to try your recipe, but on the Graham crackers is it 20 crackers as they come in the box or 20 squares? This recipe sounds really yummy. Thanks

    1. Dee says:

      Hi, Julie. 20 graham crackers would be 20 individual rectangles. So each square is 2 crackers, and each sheet is 4. 🙂

    2. Pam says:

      I am confused. So use 10 full Graham crackers from the package? 20 squares?

    3. Dee says:

      The 20 graham crackers would be 20 individual small rectangles — breaking the squares in half. So 10 squares, like you would for s’mores, or 5 large unbroken rectangles straight from the package.

  2. Pam March says:

    What would be a good alternative to cocnut, unfortunately, I hate cocnut lol4 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Hi, Pam. The coconut is only a topping, so no problem if you want to leave it out!

  3. Bec says:

    We don’t have Cool Whip in Australia, could you offer an alternative please?

    1. Dee says:

      If you do a search for stabilized whipped cream, you can find recipes for making a homemade version of Cool Whip, and this would work here. I want to try it myself sometime. 🙂

    2. Michelle says:

      The Dream whip that she said the original recipe is not a prepared whipped topping, it is sold by the cake mixes in grocers across the southern U.S. The boxes contain packets of a powdered substance, so maybe I can u can find a similar product that. I have never used it, but was actually searching for a similar dessert that used dream whip my grandmother used to make when ı came across this one.5 stars

  4. Tina says:

    Easy peasy. Made this on a hot summer day June 17, 2017. Very pretty, light and refreshing.

    1. Dee says:

      Awesome! I’m so glad you liked it — It’s one of our favorites right now. 🙂

  5. Debbie Davis says:

    Could you use a regular pie crust instead of the graham cracker one? Not crazy about those.

    1. Dee says:

      Yes, a plain crust would definitely work for this. 🙂

  6. Melody Lynch says:

    Do you drain the crushed pineapple??

    1. Dee says:

      Yes! I’ve added that to the recipe now. 🙂

  7. Gail Portis says:

    Happy Friday to all. Cannot wait to make this dessert. Looks divine. Question:: can I use the graham cracker crusts that are already prepared? IF f so for the amount of posted ingredients would one or two crusts be the needed amount. Thanks. Will make this tonight. Have a safe holiday weekend everyone

    1. Dee says:

      Hi Gail. I think that two prepared crusts would work! 🙂

    2. Gail says:

      Thank you Dee

  8. Jane says:

    My mom was known for this dessert. She made hers with ‘Dream Whip’. Thanks for posting it as I’ve been thinking about how good it was and am without the recipe. Will make it for the holiday!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Hi, Jane. The original recipe calls for Dream Whip, but I used whipped topping, instead. I hope you like it! 🙂

  9. Annette Sansone Worthen says:

    FYI Dream Whip comes in a box and is usually found in the cake mix/pudding area. It is wonderful in cake! So moist with great height and a good crumb.

    1. Dee says:

      Hi, Annette! Thanks for letting me know. I’ve never seen it here.

  10. Annette Sansone Worthen says:

    I use Dream Whip! Could you please post that version as well?

    1. Dee says:

      Hi, Annette. The recipe calls for adding beaten Dream Whip to the cream cheese/sugar mixture. The rest is the same. 🙂

    2. Annette Sansone Worthen says: