Pineapple Delight Trifle

Pineapple Delight Trifle

Pineapple Delight Trifle is one of those recipes where I took a little bit of this and a little bit of that from several recipes and created a new and better recipe.  Sometimes I just love to play with my food and come up with an exciting and tasty recipe and that’s exactly what happened when I created this delightful concoction.

This is another no-bake dessert because, really, who actually bakes in the summer time?  Not this girl! Every dessert I’ve made lately seems to have ice cream or whipped cream as an ingredient.  I just crave real simple, real cold foods this time of the year.

Trifle is a fancy name for a cold, layered dessert.  If I’m making a trifle for the family, I’ll use my trusty old trifle dish.  If I’m having guests, I’ll dress that trifle up a bit by serving it in pretty, individual glasses.  Sometimes I’ve been known to sprinkle some freshly toasted coconut on top before adding the crowning jewel – a maraschino cherry.

This dessert is cool, creamy and light with a sweet crunch from the sugar wafers.  Let’s talk about those wafers for a moment.  I mean, who doesn’t love these cookies?  I learned to love them at Vacation Bible School when I was a child.  Kool-Aid and sugar wafer cookies – it doesn’t get any better.  Of course, these days I usually have a shot of almond milk with mine.  I’m living on the wild side!

Pineapple Delight Trifle

A dessert couldn’t be any more simple than this one.  After mixing the cream cheese, sugar and whipped topping together, you just crumble the wafers into a trifle bowl or  individual glasses.

It was such a beautiful day that I took all the ingredients out on the deck and assembled them there. You can tell it was humid by the fogged up glasses!  No worries, I wiped them down before storing in the fridge.  I’ll use any excuse to be outdoors.

Hmmm, I’m really wanting an outdoor kitchen.  It’s on my dream list.

Pineapple Delight

Just keep layering the wafers, cream cheese mixture and pineapple until you reach the top of your container.Pineapple Delight Trifle

Pineapple Delight Trifle


  • 1/2 lb. sugar wafers
  • 1 (9 oz) crushed pineapple, well drained
  • 1 (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large container Cool Whip
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Maraschino cherries
  • Toasted coconut, optional


  1. With an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar until well combined, Fold in Cool Whip and vanilla.
  2. Place a layer of crumbled sugar wafers in the bottom of a trifle dish. Add a layer of cream cheese mixture and a layer of crushed pineapple. Continue layering until you've used all the cream cheese mixture.
  3. Refrigerate for a couple of hours or overnight.
  4. Before serving, top with toasted coconut and Maraschino cherries.

Pineapple Delight

I do hope you try my Pineapple Delight Trifle the next time you need an easy no-bake dessert.  It’s the perfect dessert for a hot, summer night.

Pineapple Delight

What’s your favorite no-bake dessert?

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Alli’s passions are writing, storytelling and throwing a mean party (that’s a good thing). She’s learned plenty of party planning tricks along the way and loves to share her menus, recipes and helpful hints for extraordinary events!All of Alli’s parties have to be fun, frugal and fabulous! The décor is always simple, yet stunning. The food is scrumptious and satisfying. Stick around and she’ll show you how to take her ideas and make them your own.

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  1. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says

    That sounds absolutely delicious. I can’t wait to make this for my family! My kids will love this.

  2. I just bought a bag of those wafers. The kids say they are the “best cookies” they have had. I also love pineapple so this is a great recipe for me! Thanks for sharing.

  3. This is certainly a very easy dessert to make and I know that I would enjoy eating it all up! Yes, I do remember and still eat sugar wafer cookies!!

  4. I’ve never thought about using wafer cookies instead of cake in a trifle recipe, but it’s such a great idea! Less prep, and I bet it tastes great!

  5. These look so adorable! And they sound great to taste too. Pinning this one.

  6. Yum! This looks so good and I actually have some of the cookies in my cabinet right now! Maybe this will be our dessert after dinner tonight!

  7. You have managed to combine my favorites in one delicious looking dessert. I just love wafer cookies and pineapple, I love that you put them together.

  8. How easy and tasty do these look! Yummy and I love me some good wafers so great spin on how to eat this!

  9. Love this! I love me some pineapple – juicy and sweet! Love the combination of sugar wafers and the pineapple. Can’t wait to try it!

  10. i love pineapple… its juicy, sweet and offers great health benefit.. i also love sugar wafers.. fun to eat but a bit messy

  11. My husband is a huge fan of pineapple desserts but we’ve never heard of this before, we’re definitely going to have to try it! Thank you for sharing this great recipe! 🙂

  12. That looks absolutely delicious! I love that it’s so easy to do. I can’t wait to make this.

  13. I am a big fan of sugar wafers from long ago as they bring back heaps of childhood memories! What a great trifle that i would love to try today!

  14. I showed this recipe to my daughter and well, guess what we’re making tonight for dessert?!? This is an easy recipe and it looks so good!

  15. Angelic Sinova says

    That Pineapple Delight Trifle looks AMAZING! Whenever I hear Trifle I think of Friends and Rachel’s Thanksgiving Trifle. I LOVE pineapples so I know I’d LOVE this <3

  16. This looks like such a delicious dessert. I will have to make some for our Sunday dinner. It looks fairly easy to make.

  17. You are so talented Alli, I can’t believe you came up with this.  It truly looks delightful and I’m sure party guests will love it, specially kids.

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