This Pineapple Pretzel Fluff is an addictive and creamy dessert that’ll have you reaching for seconds! Seriously, it doesn’t even matter if you’re full from dinner. This dish will open that dessert stomach in an instant.
I adore the crunch you get from the crushed pretzels, and the pineapple gives the recipe a super-tropical vibe. Plus, the glorious Cool Whip gives the entire dessert a creamy texture and taste that you can’t beat!
Although there’s a lot to love about this recipe, I’m a fan of its low-bake approach. You’ll have to put it in the oven for 7 minutes, but other than that it’s entirely no-bake!
And when you break up the baked portion of the dessert with a fork? It turns into a rich and buttery mix-in that adds tons of depth to this dish.
If you’re wondering what the “fluff” in this recipe consists of – let me fill you in!
It’s a mixture of cream cheese, sugar, Cool Whip, and pineapple. It tastes like a tropical cheesecake filling, and I’ve been known to eat it out of the bowl by the spoonful (guilty!).
Sure, this dessert isn’t exactly great for the waistline. But when you take your first bite of that pretzel-filled, creamy goodness, you’ll be reaching for more without a care in the world!
Why You’ll Love This Pineapple Pretzel Fluff
- It’s perfect for casual weekends and special occasion dinner parties.
- It’s simple enough to whip up for a potluck (and you can include the kids!).
- The recipe is packed with tropical flavors and gets tons of creaminess from the Cool Whip.
- The texture is a perfect mesh of crunchy and smooth.
- It stores surprisingly well for a second round the next day!
The full printable recipe card with measurements and instructions is found at the bottom of the post.
- Pretzels. Crucial for crunch and a hint of saltiness.
- Butter. Adds a rich flavor and creaminess to the recipe.
- Sugar. For sweetness!
- Cream cheese. For the signature filling. I recommend using full-fat cream cheese for the best flavor.
- Crushed pineapple.
- Cool Whip.
How to Make Pineapple Pretzel Fluff
- Step One: Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- Step Two: In a medium bowl, stir together pretzels, butter, and ½ cup of sugar.
- Step Three: Press the mixture into a 9-inch baking dish and bake for 7 minutes.
- Step Four: Stir in the pineapple and Cool Whip.
- Step Five: Break the pretzel mixture into pieces and stir them into the cream cheese mixture.
- Step Six: Store the mixture in the fridge until ready to serve.
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What to Serve with Pineapple Pretzel Fluff
Recipe Tips and Tricks
- If you’re using canned fruit for this recipe, you need to drain it first. Otherwise, you’ll have a soggy and overly watery dessert on your hands!
- Don’t want your pineapple pretzel fluff to be too sweet? Use unsweetened canned pineapple! Otherwise, fresh pineapple works!
- To make your pretzels extra crunchy, it’s worth baking them in the oven for a few minutes before mixing them into your dessert.
Variations and Substitutions
- If you’re not a fan of pineapple, you can switch things up with any other fruit you like! Cherries and strawberries are delicious, but virtually any fruit works well.
- The base recipe for this pineapple pretzel fluff is delicious, but you can always top things off with whipped cream.
- If you don’t have Cool Whip to hand, you can make your own stabilized whipped cream. It’s just as good, trust me.
- I love topping this recipe with maraschino cherries, berries, and mini marshmallows. But you can jazz this up with virtually any topping.
This Pineapple Pretzel Fluff can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days in an airtight container.
Just check that the texture hasn’t changed before eating it!
Can I Freeze?
This Pineapple Pretzel Fluff can technically be frozen. But it might lose some of its structural integrity when defrosted.
Plus, the pretzels will probably lose their crunch (which would be a tragedy!).
Fans of cheesecake will LOVE Pineapple Pretzel Fluff! I have more cheesecake recipes if you prefer a more traditional version.
- Butterscotch Cheesecake Bars
- Peanut Butter Cheesecake Brownies
- Mini Peanut Butter Cheesecakes with Chocolate Peanut Butter Sauce
You might also like this Pineapple Rice Pudding, Mango Banana Marshmallow Salad, Berry Cheesecake Fluff, Tropical Fluff Salad, Pineapple Dip, Rocky Road Fluff, Strawberry Pretzel Salad, Pineapple Pie and Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes.
Pineapple Pretzel Fluff
- 1 cup pretzels crushed
- ½ cup unsalted butter melted
- 1 cup sugar divided
- 1 package cream cheese 8oz/250g package, softened
- 1 can crushed pineapple 19oz can, drained
- 1 ½ cups Cool Whip
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- In a medium bowl, stir together pretzels, butter and ½ cup sugar. Press into a 9-inch baking dish. Bake for 7 minutes. Set aside to cool.
- In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and ½ cup sugar until smooth. Stir in pineapple and Cool Whip.
- Break pretzel mixture into pieces and stir into cream cheese mixture. Store in the fridge until ready to serve.
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