Pineapple Marshmallow Dessert

This old fashioned Pineapple Marshmallow Dessert has a light and sweet flavor and is super easy to make.  The graham cracker crumbs add a nice touch to the melted marshmallows, whipped topping, and pineapple!

Baking dish of graham cracker crumbs layered with melted marshmallows, whipped topping, and pineapple!

If you enjoy this easy dessert you may also enjoy our Red Hot Jello Salad, Pineapple Cream Cheese Pie and Classic Cookie Salad.

Easy Old-Fashioned Dessert

This recipe came from a small town cookbook from my husband’s grandma.  I remember my grandma making fluff type desserts including this Watergate Salad or a more traditional Orange Jello Salad as a quick dessert for summer meals.

We’ve made this a few times because it’s so easy, uses ingredients that have a good shelf life and has a nice, unique flavor.  Pineapple, marshmallows and graham cracker crumbs are the key flavors in this vintage recipe.

A reader recently commented that their family made it in a pie pan and garnished with marichino cherries.  I love this idea to put another variation on this super easy recipe.  This suggestion reminded me of another classic dessert, our Banana Split Cake that has Cool Whip and pineapple and is perfect served with maraschino cherries!

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Spoonful of old fashioned Pineapple Marshmallow Dessert with graham cracker crumbs, melted marshmallows, whipped topping, and pineapple!

Tips for Making Pineapple Marshmallow Dessert

  • Marshmallows will swell up in the pan as they melt, so use a large enough pan or pay close attention
  • Allow marshmallow mixture to cool before stirring in whipped topping
  • Chill before serving
  • Garnish with some of the pineapple if desired

How to Make Pineapple Marshmallow Dessert

  1. Spread graham cracker crumbs in the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.
  2. In a saucepan slowly heat milk and marshmallows.  Marshmallows will swell as they cook, so allow space in the pan.
  3. Place mixture in large mixing bowl and allow to cool.
  4. Once cooled, stir in crushed pineapple, but reserve a few tablespoons for garnish.  Then fold in whipped cream.
  5. Garnish by sprinkling remaining pineapple on top.  Chill before serving.
Old fashioned Pineapple Marshmallow Dessert has a light and sweet flavor. The graham cracker crumbs add a nice touch to the melted marshmallows, whipped topping, and pineapple!

We hope you enjoy this easy vintage treat as much as our family has!

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Pineapple Marshmallow Dessert

Pineapple Marshmallow Dessert

Servings 12 people
Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life
This old fashioned Pineapple Marshmallow Dessert has a light and sweet flavor and is super easy to make.  The graham cracker crumbs add a nice touch to the melted marshmallows, whipped topping, and pineapple!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 container frozen whipped topping thawed
  • 4 cups mini marshmallows
  • 20 ounce can crushed pineapple drained
  • 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs

Instructions
 

  • Spread graham cracker crumbs in the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.
  • In a saucepan slowly heat milk and marshmallows.  Place in large mixing bowl and allow to cool.  
  • Once cooled, stir in crushed pineapple, but reserve a few tablespoons.  Then fold in whipped cream.
  • Garnish by sprinkling remaining pineapple on top.  Chill before serving.  

Notes

  • Marshmallows will swell up in the pan as they melt, so use a large enough pan or pay close attention
  • Allow marshmallow mixture to cool before stirring in whipped topping
  • Chill before serving
  • Garnish with some of the pineapple if desired 

Nutrition

Calories: 155kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 2gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 69mgPotassium: 107mgFiber: 1gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 62IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 42mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Plowing Through Life” is not a dietitian or nutrition professional. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate and can vary greatly depending on specific products are used. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator of your choice.

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4 Comments

  1. My mom made this in a pie pan and garnished it with maraschino cherries. It was so good. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    1. Love that idea! So glad you enjoyed the recipe and thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Found you by entering ingredients! My Aunt use to make this when I was younger but never got the recipe from her. So happy to find you! The crust? I’m confused. Do you use butter with the graham crackers? Pre bake?
    Thank you!

    1. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      Hey There! So glad you found this recipe too 🙂 We just sprinkle graham cracker crumbs in the bottom, but if you want to bake a crust with butter you could do that too.
      Hope you enjoy! ~Jennifer

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