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Embark on a culinary journey to the tropics with this delightful layered dessert that is sure to please your palate and elevate any dining experience. The Coconut Pineapple Dream combines creamy layers of coconut, pineapple, and cream cheese atop a crunchy graham cracker crust, creating a symphony of flavors and textures that make it the perfect treat for any occasion. Whether you’re hosting a summer party, a family gathering, or simply indulging in a sweet craving, this dessert is guaranteed to be a hit. Here’s how to make it:


For the Crust:

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar

For the Cream Cheese Layer:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice

For the Pineapple Layer:

  • 1 can (20 oz) crushed pineapple, drained

For the Pudding Layer:

  • 1 package (3.4 oz) instant coconut cream pudding mix
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup shredded coconut

For the Whipped Topping:

  • 1 container (8 oz) whipped topping, thawed
  • 1/2 cup toasted coconut for garnish
  • Maraschino cherries for garnish


  1. Begin by mixing graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and sugar in a bowl. Firmly press this mixture into the bottom of a 9×13 inch pan and chill in the refrigerator to set.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and pineapple juice until smooth. Gently spread this mixture over the chilled crust.
  3. Evenly distribute the drained crushed pineapple over the cream cheese layer, creating a fruity middle tier.
  4. Whisk together the coconut cream pudding mix and milk until thickened. Stir in the shredded coconut and spread this mixture over the pineapple layer.
  5. Finally, spread the whipped topping over the pudding layer, and garnish with toasted coconut and maraschino cherries for that extra tropical flair.
  6. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight, to ensure the layers set beautifully.



Tips for Perfecting Your Tropical Layered Dessert

  • Crust Tip: For a firmer crust, consider baking it at 350°F (175°C) for 10 minutes before chilling. This adds an extra crunch and depth of flavor.
  • Cream Cheese Layer Tip: Ensure your cream cheese is at room temperature before beating, to achieve a smoother texture.
  • Pudding Layer Tip: For a richer coconut flavor, substitute the milk with coconut milk when preparing the pudding.
  • Presentation Tip: Serve in clear glasses or a trifle bowl to showcase the beautiful layers of your dessert.


The Coconut Pineapple Dream is more than just a dessert; it’s a taste of paradise. With its creamy layers of coconut, pineapple, and cream cheese, complemented by a crunchy graham cracker crust, this dessert is sure to transport you and your guests to the tropics with every bite. It’s a simple yet elegant dish that embodies the essence of tropical indulgence. So why wait? Dive into the delightful experience of making and savoring this heavenly dessert.

Remember, the key to a great dessert is not just in the recipe but in the love and joy shared while making and enjoying it. So gather your ingredients, and let’s create some sweet memories with the Coconut Pineapple Dream!

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