Pineapple Cheesecake Dessert




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Introduction

Indulge in the delightful combination of creamy cheesecake and sweet pineapple with this easy Pineapple Cheesecake Dessert recipe. Perfect for a refreshing treat on a warm summer day or as a light and flavorful dessert for any occasion.

Why Make This Recipe

This Pineapple Cheesecake Dessert offers a tropical twist to traditional cheesecake, bringing together the tangy flavor of pineapple with the creamy goodness of cheesecake. It’s a simple and delicious dessert that is sure to impress your family and friends.

How to Make Pineapple Cheesecake Dessert

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 cup cold milk
  • 1 container (8 ounces) whipped topping, thawed

Directions:

  1. Prepare the Crust:

    • Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
    • Mix graham cracker crumbs, 1/4 cup sugar, and melted butter in a bowl.
    • Press the mixture into a 9×13-inch baking dish to form the crust.
    • Bake for 10 minutes, then let it cool.
  2. Make the Cheesecake Layer:

    • Beat cream cheese, 1 cup sugar, and vanilla until smooth.
    • Add eggs one at a time, mixing well.
    • Spread the mixture over the cooled crust and bake until set.
  3. Prepare the Pineapple Topping:

    • Mix drained crushed pineapple, vanilla pudding mix, and cold milk.
    • Fold in whipped topping until smooth.
  4. Assemble the Dessert:

    • Spread pineapple topping over the cooled cheesecake layer.
    • Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight to set.
  5. Serve and Enjoy:

    • Cut into squares and serve chilled for a refreshing treat.

How to Serve Pineapple Cheesecake Dessert

Serve this Pineapple Cheesecake Dessert chilled, either as a standalone treat or with a dollop of whipped cream. It’s perfect for a light and satisfying dessert at any gathering.

How to Store Pineapple Cheesecake Dessert

Store any leftovers of the Pineapple Cheesecake Dessert in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 3-4 days. Make sure to keep it chilled to maintain its freshness.

Tips to Make Pineapple Cheesecake Dessert

  • For a more intense pineapple flavor, consider adding some pineapple juice to the cheesecake layer.
  • Ensure the cheesecake layer is completely cooled before adding the pineapple topping to prevent it from becoming soggy.
  • Experiment with different pudding flavors, like coconut or banana, for a unique twist on this dessert.

Variation

For a crunchy twist, sprinkle some toasted coconut flakes on top of the Pineapple Cheesecake Dessert before serving.

FAQs

  1. Can I use fresh pineapple instead of canned pineapple? Yes, you can use fresh pineapple, but make sure to drain any excess juice to avoid a soggy texture.

  2. Can I use reduced-fat cream cheese for this recipe? Yes, you can use reduced-fat cream cheese, but keep in mind that the texture may be slightly different.

  3. Can I make this dessert ahead of time? Yes, you can prepare this dessert a day in advance and refrigerate it overnight to allow the flavors to meld together.

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