Tropical Layered Dessert

4  Ratings
  • 30 min prep
  • 5 hr 45 min total
  • Makes 20 servings.

A graham cracker and coconut crust is topped with cream cheese and pineapple gelatin laced with fruit cocktail for a luscious chilled dessert.

Tropical Layered Dessert Recipe


  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 pkg. (8-serving size) JELL-O Island Pineapple or Strawberry Kiwi Flavor Gelatin
  • 1-1/2 cups cold water
  • 2 cans (8 oz. each) tropical fruit cocktail, drained
  • 1-1/2 cups HONEY MAID Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, melted
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut, toasted
  • 1/2 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) brick cream cheese, softened
  • 2 Tbsp. milk
  • 1 tub (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed, divided
  • 1 can (8 oz.) crushed pineapple in juice, drained


  • Stir  boiling water into dry gelatin in large bowl at least 2 minutes until completely dissolved. Stir in cold water. Add fruit cocktail; mix well. Refrigerate 1-1/4 hours or until slightly thickened (consistency of unbeaten egg whites).
  • Mix  graham crumbs, butter, coconut and 1/4 cup of the sugar in 13x9-inch pan. Press firmly onto bottom of pan. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Beat  cream cheese, remaining 1/4 cup sugar and the milk in large bowl with wire whisk until well blended. Gently stir in 2 cups of the whipped topping and the pineapple. Spread evenly over crust. Spoon gelatin mixture over cream cheese layer. Refrigerate 4 hours or until firm. Cut into 20 squares to serve. Serve topped with the remaining whipped topping. Store leftover dessert in refrigerator.

Recipe Tips

Size-WiseTropical flavors make this simple dessert ideal for a summer party. This dessert will serve a crowd of 20.

How to Toast CoconutPreheat oven to 350°F. Spread coconut into thin layer in shallow baking pan. Bake 7 to 12 minutes or until lightly toasted, stirring occasionally.

Food FactsDo not use fresh or frozen pineapple, kiwi, gingerroot, papaya, figs or guava since enzymes in these fruits prevent the gelatin from setting.


Nutrition Information

Makes 20 servings.

Nutrition per serving:

    • Calories 230 
    • Total fat 12 g
    • Saturated fat 8 g
    • Cholesterol 25 mg
    • Sodium 170 mg
    • Carbohydrate 28 g
    • Dietary fiber 1 g
    • Total sugars 22 g
    •     Includes added sugars n/a
    • Protein 2 g
    • Vitamin A 6 %DV
    • Vitamin C 10 %DV
    • Vitamin D n/a
    • Calcium 0 %DV
    • Iron 2 %DV
    • Potassium n/a
    • n/a indicates that data is not available

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