Pineapple Pretzel Fluff

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Think the most amazing fluffy cheesecake, filled with pineapple, only the crust is made of buttery, slightly salty pretzels — it’s pure heaven in a bowl.  

Pineapple Pretzel Fluff

Think cheesecake, think salty-sweet treat.  Now think of tropical creamy pineapple.

If thinking about all of these things makes your tummy growl, then this Pineapple Pretzel Fluff is for you!



pineapple pretzel fluff


The first time I had this Pineapple Pretzel Fluff, it was at a wedding shower for one of my husband’s cousins.  They are identical twin girls, who are both magnificent cooks.  They got that from their mother, Peg, my husband’s God-Mother.  


Peg's Salad - Italian Raw Veggie Salad
One of my FAVORITE raw veggie salads .. Cauliflower, broccoli and carrots, cheese and bacon with a creamy dressing!

If you have followed me for a long time,  you will have heard me speak of her before.  I have a post for one of my favorite raw veggie salads, we call “Peg’s Salad” because she was known for it.


At the shower, I think they actually called this fluff a “salad,” which for those of you who aren’t into the greens…well, this might be just your kind of “salad!” 


Pineapple Pretzel Fluff

I first made this recipe for the blog back on New Year’s Day,  2015.  We had it as a dessert.  I think it can be best described as eating a deconstructed cheesecake.   The buttery sweet pretzels mixed throughout being the crust, the sweet cream cheese with pineapple folded in.  It’s just perfection.  


Ingredients in Pineapple Pretzel Fluff:

  • pretzels
  • butter
  • sugar
  • cream cheese
  • pineapple
  • cool whip

Have you ever had that Strawberry Pretzel Salad?  It’s been around for a long time.  My friend, Amy, makes a fantastic Raspberry Pretzel Salad.  If you have had either of these things, you can relate to what I am trying to describe with the flavor.  This one is just stirred all together, not layered in a 9×13.


Pineapple Pretzel Fluff

After you coarsely break the pretzels, you mix them with the butter and sugar, and then they are spread into a baking sheet and baked.  


Pineapple Pretzel Fluff

(try to resist not just eating it warm from the cookie sheet)

After it cools, it will have hardened.  You break it into pieces and mix it into the sweetened cream cheese, pineapple and cool whip mixture.  


Pineapple Pretzel Fluff

Reserve some for on the top.  


Pineapple Pretzel Fluff

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If you are making this for just a side dish or dessert for your family, or a smaller group, this recipe makes plenty.  It served 8 of us, and I had just a little bit leftover.  

This past weekend, I took it to my daughter’s engagement party, and I doubled it.  I knew there would be plenty of people, and I hate to run out.  So if you’re making this for a pot luck or larger party, consider doubling the recipe I have here. Everyone loves it, kids and adults alike!


Other Pineapple Recipes for you to love:


Pineapple Pretzel Fluff

It’s best if eaten in a reasonable amount of time, because, as you would imagine, the pretzels will get soft.  I hope you enjoy this recipe! 




Overhead of Pineapple Pretzel Fluff in a white bowl
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Pineapple Pretzel Fluff

This Pineapple Pretzel Fluff can be served as a dessert or as a sweet side or salad. Serves quite a few, great for events. It's like a yummy deconstructed Cheesecake! Mmmm!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time7 minutes
Total Time17 minutes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pineapple Pretzel Fluff
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 312kcal
Author: Michaela Kenkel


  • 1 cup coarsely crushed pretzels
  • 1 cup sugar divided
  • 1 stick butter melted
  • 1 8 ounce Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 20 ounce can Crushed Pineapple, drained
  • 12 ounces Cool Whip


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Roughly crush pretzels, and combine with 1/2 cup sugar and melted butter. Press into the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish. Bake for 7 minutes, cool. Break into pieces, and set aside in an air tight container until ready to use.
  • Beat Cream Cheese and 1/2 cup sugar until creamy. Fold in pineapple and cool whip. Chill.
  • Before serving, stir 3/4 pretzel mixture in, top with remaining to serve.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 312kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 162mg | Sugar: 32g



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  1. This looks and sounds heavenly my sweet friend! I might just make this instead of the pistachio salad this coming Sunday!!

  2. This sounds great!. It reminds me of strawberry pretzel salad, of course without the strawberries. Do you thing fresh strawberries could be added? Will try this soon.

    1. It is similar. I’ve never added strawberries, if you try it, I’d love to hear what you think!

  3. Get the FLUFF!!!!! I asked the family what they wanted for dessert for Sunday dinner…so, we are having Pineapple Pretzel Fluff AGAIN, 3rd week running. The adults were reaching over and eating it off of each others plates….the kids didn’t know what to think. WE LOVE THIS RECIPE!!!! I did put strawberries in it last week, it was yummy.

  4. We had this growing up and of course it amazing! And if you leave the Pretzel part out of the fluff and add what you need into individual servings, it will last longer?

  5. Can you say YUM??? I think I could eat this by the spoonful. This would be a great topping for brunch on the weekend. Turn waffles into dessert.

  6. I make a similar one and it’s the number one thing that I’m asked to bring to every pitch in. It’s super easy to make.

  7. I am so glad I found your site! I love the notifications of all the new treats. You post “my kind of” recipes!! Delicious things that everyone loves! Thank you for sharing!!

  8. I am not sure if a dessert recipe could be a comforting one, but this sweet treat looks this way: no piping or decorating skills required. It sounds amazing! Bookmarking for later.

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