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Easy Pineapple Cheesecake Recipe

This easy pineapple cheesecake recipe is fast to put together and delicious! You’ll love how tasty this tropical pineapple cheesecake recipe is.

pineapple-cheesecakeI feel it’s time I came clean about something. Something already obvious, but previously unstated. It’s time I stated it loud and clear.

There is a big push out there in the food world for more foods that are fresh, homemade, organic, etc. Don’t get me wrong, I love fresh, organic, homemade foods, but there are plenty of people who either can’t afford it, don’t have access to it, or just plain don’t want to eat that way.

There is a trend toward food that are gourmet, with exotic produce and fascinating flavor combinations. Once again, I adore eating this way, but do I want to cook this way? Not so much. I suspect there are plenty of you who agree with me.

The reality is that there are a lot of working moms out there. Busy moms who are doing all they can to hold it together, and who desperately want to care for their families with fun desserts, homemade cookies for lunch boxes, and weekend snacks. This blog is literally created for those people. The people who want cookies and want them quick and easy. The people who don’t have the patience to make something complicated that requires 25 ingredients and 12 specialty tools they don’t own. The people who don’t have time to bake a cheesecake for 2 hours.

I got your back, busy moms. We’re in this together.

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This easy pineapple cheesecake is just one example of what I’m talking about. I bought a prepared graham cracker crust. Can I make my own crust? Sure. Do I want to? Not remotely. Store bought crusts are cheap, tend to be good quality, and will save you at least 20 minutes. Probably more, if you’re like me.

I used frozen whipped topping (a.k.a. Cool Whip) too. Do I prefer to eat real whipped cream? Yes I do. I really really really do. But a carton of the frozen stuff will save me a good 10 minutes of whipping.

I added some lemon jello mix. I was hoping the gelatin would give this pineapple cheesecake recipe at little substance, and help it hold it’s shape.  Also, the added flavor complements the pineapple, and gives color without my having to add food coloring.

The pineapple too, was designed to make this recipe an easy one. Fresh pineapple is delicious and I love it. It’s also a royal pain in the neck to slice, and you certainly cannot purchase just half of a fresh pineapple, and fresh pineapple just doesn’t keep.  I used the canned stuff. You can get it in bulk during the case lot sales at the grocery store, keep it on your shelf, and that way you can still eat well during the weeks that are a little lean.

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I should have timed myself making this easy cheesecake. I didn’t, partly because I was stopping to take photos of the process, but mostly because I flat out forgot about it.

Welcome to my life.

Here was my process: The night before, I took the whipped topping out of the freezer and put it in the fridge. I took the cream cheese out of the fridge and put it on the counter. The next morning, I got out the hand beaters and a large bowl, dropped the pineapple in a sieve to drain it, and started mixing. (And truthfully? I only used the sieve to make it look super cute in photos. I usually drain fruit by opening the lid, then pressing the lid into the can really hard, while letting juice pour out into the sink.) I plopped the whole mixture in the crust, covered it with the plastic cover that comes with the crust, and put in the fridge.

Clean up included 1 bowl, 1 large spoon, beaters, and measuring cup. And a sieve and small bowl, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Easy. Peasy.

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I let mine chill for a couple hours. Could you eat it right away if you were in a hurry?  Yeah, you could.

Could you make individual servings to help them chill faster? Absolutely. Skip the prepared crust, and drop some graham cracker crumbs in the bottom of each of 6 serving dishes, then add a big old spoonful of the cheesecake to each dish.  For this, I would buy extra whipped topping, so that you can also top each one with a spoonful of it. You can even garnish with extra crumbs, if you want. Or a cherry. Or my favorite garnish… nothing.

I’m so boring.

But guess what?  With just 6 ingredients, and less than 10 minutes, you have a dessert that you can give your family after dinner. It might buy you 5 more minutes of face time with your kids. It might be a way to turn a boring night into something a little more special or fun. It might be a good bribe to get the dishes done. It might even be a midnight treat for after the kids are in bed.

There are a thousand ways for easy food to suit your life. I would much rather spend my time talking with my family rather than cooking for them, so unless your family is in the kitchen cooking with you, don’t feel bad about making that time as quick and efficient as possible.

So yes, I’m going to use cake mixes. And pudding mixes. And Cool Whip. I’m going to choose a no-bake cheesecake over a baked one. I’m going to choose a drop cookie over a cut-out. And I’m going to share all of them with you.

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If you’re agreeing with me, you’re in the right place.  There are lots of great easy dessert recipes here already. My recipe index sections are at the top of the page if you want to start sifting through them now. If you want to get more easy dessert and snack recipes like this in your inbox, you can sign up for this email list, and each and every new recipe will show up in your inbox as they are published.  If that’s too much for you, this email list is where I share a very short list of 2-3 good recipes, from me and other awesome sources, every Monday.  I mean, most Mondays. The Mondays I don’t forget.  Because that happens.

Leave me a comment below with your thoughts, and then go eat some cheesecake!

 

Want more cheesecake recipes?  Try these!

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Easy Pineapple Cheesecake Recipe
 
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A simple no-bake cheesecake with pineapple.
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Recipe type: No-Bake Dessert
Serves: 6 slices
Ingredients
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened *(see notes)
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 8 oz. frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 small (3 oz) box lemon flavored gelatin mix (unprepared)
  • 2 cans (8 oz each) crushed pineapple, well drained
  • 1 prepared 9-inch graham cracker crust
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, whip cream cheese, sugar, and whipped topping until creamy and smooth.
  2. Add in dry jello and mix well. Add in drained pineapple and mix well.
  3. Pour mixture into graham cracker crust. Chill for 2 hours or more before serving. Cut into 6 slices.
Notes
*Only use regular full-fat cream cheese in a brick. Low fat, fat free, or whipped cream cheese products have a higher water content which may have a drastic effect on this recipe.

Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

Welcome to Day #4 of Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen from Juanita’s Cocina! Each day we will be celebrating the holidays with a different set of Christmas-themed treats, as well as a fabulous Christmas giveaway. We hope you enjoy this fabulous event. Tune in each day starting today, Monday, December 9th and ending Saturday, December 14th.

***Disclaimer: This giveaway is being provided by Swissmar. #ChristmasWeek bloggers have not received product or been compensated as a part of this giveaway.***

Pumpkin Chiffon PieI am quite literally the Queen of Procrastination.

Here is my list of things to do before Robb returns from his business trip:

Clean the house.
Do the laundry.
Pay the bills.
Make dessert.

Well, one out of four ain’t bad, right?

Truth is, the only reason I got the dessert made is that it is no bake, and uses a pre-made graham cracker crust, so I threw the whole thing together in about 5 minutes.

No exaggeration.  FIVE MINUTES.  A 6-year old could make this recipe.

It’s definitely going on my list of fastest and easiest dessert recipes EVER.

Pumpkin Chiffon Pie from Jen's Favorite Cookies

Since it’s Christmas Week and all,  there are a couple things you should know.

First, there are lots of fantastic Christmas recipes being shared for this event.  The recipes for today are listed at the very bottom of this post.  Go visit them all, and you’ll find some fantastic holiday treats!

Second, there are giveaways every day for this event!  For example, on Monday we opened a giveaway for a Magimix food processor giveaway.  You can enter to win that prize by clicking here.

And today’s giveaway is a Swissmar Roaster!

Pumpkin Chiffon Pie from Jen's Favorite Cookies

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The Le Cordon Bleu ceramic ovenware from Swissmar are all freezer safe, oven safe, dishwasher and microwave safe. The French-inspired Charmant Collection 5 qt. Rectangular Roaster has scalloped edges and is beautiful enough to go straight from oven to table! To enter to win a Swissmar Roaster, read the details and use the Rafflecopter below!

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Pumpkin Chiffon Pie for #ChristmasWeek
 
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A no bake light and fluffy pumpkin pie in a graham cracker crust.
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Recipe type: Pie
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 6-8 oz. frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 pkg. (3.4 oz) vanilla or lemon pudding mix
  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. nutmeg
  • ½ tsp. ginger
  • 1 graham cracker crust
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients except crust together until smooth and fluffy.
  2. Pour into a graham cracker crust, and chill for 30 minutes or longer before serving.

More Christmas Week recipes:

Apple Pie Cheesecake Bars

Apple cheesecake bars recipe; An almond and cold cereal crust makes this apple cheesecake bars recipe truly unique.

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Post Pebbles, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #PostWalgreens http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO.

Apple Pie Cheesecake BarsIt’s been a rough week around here.  Everyone, and I do mean everyone, in this little family has been sick.

Fortunately for us, Robb got sick before the rest of us, and is now able to take care of us without worry of catching this horrible flu.  This stupid thing knocked me flat on my back for an entire week so far.  It will probably be more than that when it’s all said and done.

Honestly, it’s kind of nice to have this blog to voice my thoughts, because I’m certainly not voicing anything out loud today.

You know what you do when everyone is sick?  You buy paper plates.  And plastic spoons.  And lots and lots of cold cereal.

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I told my kids they have no imagination when it comes to cold cereal.  All they do, day in and day out, is pour it in a bowl and cover it with milk.  It’s a tragedy, when you think about it, because there is so much more that can be done with it!

To prove my point, I turned my box of Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds into a crust for these cheesecake bars.

Well, I didn’t use the whole box for the crust.  The rest of it will probably be poured into bowls and covered with milk.

By the way, if you hurry, you can grab your own box of Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds (or another Post cereal you like) for just $1.99 at Walgreens.  Pretty good deal, I think.

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Nothing against apples or cheesecake, but I love this crust.  It’s my favorite part.  It’s nutty and sweet, and you would probably never suspect it uses cold cereal as its main ingredient.

Plus, it gives us a fun little treat to snack on between the coughing fits!

More cheesecake bars you might enjoy:

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Apple Pie Cheesecake Bars
 
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Serves: 16
Ingredients
CRUST:
  • 1½ cups Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup flour
CHEESECAKE:
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup apple pie filling
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
Instructions
  1. FOR CRUST: In a food processor or high speed blender, process cereal and almonds together, just until lightly crushed.
  2. Combine cereal mixture with melted butter, sugar, and flour.
  3. Press into the bottom of a 9x9 pan. Bake at 350F for 20-22 min.
  4. FOR CHEESECAKE: While crust is baking, whip cream cheese and sugar until well combined and soft. Add egg and mix well.
  5. Add pie filling and cinnamon and mix well.
  6. Pour over crust, return to oven and bake about 30 minutes, until top is lightly browned.
  7. Let cool before cutting and serving.

If you enjoy this recipe, you might also enjoy:

Caramel Apple Bars from Inside BruCrew Life
Sour Cream Apple Bars from Your Home Based Mom
No Bake Caramel Swirl Apple Butter Cheesecake from Chocolate Moosey

 

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My Favorite Days

I love summer.  I can’t get enough of it.  The sunlight, the flowers, the swimming, the late evenings, I love it all.

This summer, however, has been particularly crazy.  Did I mention I have teenagers?  I guess I forgot how crazy busy I was as a kid.  Either that or it’s busier for my kids than it was for me.  Both those explanations are 100% plausible.

I thought I would share a few of the things that have been happening in my life, since I have not had any time to bake for you this week.  Please forgive me.

First, the flowers in my yard are blooming.  Robb decided that the flower garden would be the Hippie Chick’s summer project.  Which basically means, she helped pick out and plant a bunch of flowers, and has done next to nothing since then.

The osteospermum have grown quite nicely, despite the neglect.  We take turns dead-heading every now and then, and these cute pink flowers continue to bloom and bloom.  They might be my favorite thing in my yard this year.  And, even though Robb had to cut the clematis way way back, they have continued to grow and climb and bloom these beautiful purple blossoms.

{Sidebar, these photos were shared on Instagram.  I heart Instagram.}

Also, we went camping.

Sort of.

We have this family friend with a little farm, and since the farm house is quite tiny, we camp on the property.  It’s our favorite place to camp… no fees, no restrictions, and there are flush toilets and showers!  Plus, did I mention?, Robb loves the country.  He is a farm boy, and is absolutely in his element when he has plenty of space and privacy.  There are horses on this property, and lots of antique tractors.  It’s pretty cool.

Also, I was asked to contribute to a new blog.  Erin Kennedy, the grand master behind My Thirty Spot, has started up a couple new sites, namely My Crafty Spot and My Cooking Spot.  The latter will feature yours truly, and my first contribution is today.  I’m excited to be working with Erin and the others.  So excited, in fact, I think I should give you a little preview of what I created for My Cooking Spot this month.

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Yeah, you heard me.  Kentucky Derby Pie.  This stuff is crazy delicious, and I honestly can’t believe I’ve never posted about it before.  It’s basically a chocolate chip cookie in a pie crust.

Lawdy, this stuff is good.

Last but not least, I think you should know that I have created a new page that is all about my most pinned posts.  These are the posts that have at least 1000 pins on Pinterest, and you might be interested to know what’s in there.  Here are just a few recent favorites:

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The Strawberry Lemonade Cookies have been extra popular, with more than 9000 pins.  They deserve it.  They are super-duper yummy. Continue reading “My Favorite Days” »

Dark Chocolate Whoopie Pies

Dark Chocolate Whoopie Pies;  This chocolate whoopie pie recipe uses dark chocolate and vanilla frosting.  A delicious buttermilk chocolate whoopie pie!

Dark Chocolate Whoopie PiesWe spent two weeks searching for my son’s sparring gear.  He’s 8 years into his martial arts training, and it’s kind of a big deal for him to be without the sparring gear.

He thought he left it at the karate school, so we searched and asked, to no avail.  We thought it could be at the other location, so we searched and asked there, and again, nothing.

I was dreading spending the nearly $200 it was going to take to replace it.  I wanted to scream and yell.

Okay, I may have screamed and yelled.

Then… I walked into his bedroom for an unrelated purpose, and spotted the sparring gear in the corner.

Right where it goes.  *slow blink and long sigh*

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I called to him.  “You’re never going to believe what I just found!”  I had him stand next to me and look around his room, and even while looking straight at it, it took him a couple minutes and a dozen wrong guesses before he saw the gear.

“How am I supposed to find it when it’s put away?” he asked.  Which made me want to find the side of his head with my open palm.

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I bet he won’t have any trouble finding these dark chocolate cookies.  The kid loves chocolate.  And cookies.  This is why I deliberately made them on a day when I knew he would be gone all day.  This way, I get to eat one or two before he discovers them.

I made these with buttermilk, because… well… why not?  Buttermilk cookies are the very best.  Remember these Nutmeg Buttermilk Cookies from last Christmas?  I still dream about them.

Just like I dream that someday my kids be in charge of keeping track of their own stuff.

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Easy Cheesecake {Guest Post}

This easy no bake cheesecake recipe is quick and easy to make, with only 4 ingredients! This is one of the best cheesecake recipes I have found.

Easy No-Bake Cheesecake from JensFavoriteCookies.com - All you need is 10 minutes, 3 ingredients, and a graham cracker crust!Parenting is such a bear sometimes, isn’t it?  I mean, you just never know what kind of problem you’ll be dealing with until it slaps you in the face.

Then, just as soon as you start getting the hang of how to deal with some of these common issues, the kids up and grow, and bring you a whole new batch of issues.  And here I am, pining away for the diaper days.

I remember when my son was 4 years old, and one of our “big” issues was his proclivity for nudity, which always came in unexpected moments.  I would leave him for 5 minutes, and come back to find him naked.  I solved this problem by having a quick and quiet little chat about how great nudity is, and how it’s only appropriate in certain places, namely the bathroom and the bedroom.  With the door closed.

I then game him a little alone time in his bedroom, and he decided to stay naked for over THREE HOURS.

The payoff was well worth the investment.

Easy No-Bake Cheesecake from JensFavoriteCookies.com - All you need is 10 minutes, 3 ingredients, and a graham cracker crust!

Having teenagers is far more complicated.  Now we’re getting them prepared for driving (yikes!) and dealing with teachers and grades, and working on financial responsibility, and self-discipline around video games, just to name a few.  Every day is a new challenge, and one I frequently feel unprepared for.

I hate feeling unprepared.  I much prefer to plan ahead.

Easy No-Bake Cheesecake from JensFavoriteCookies.com - All you need is 10 minutes, 3 ingredients, and a graham cracker crust!

I learned a lesson from this cheesecake.  If I keep a few items on hand, I can always have a quick and easy dessert, no matter how unprepared I feel.  Having just a little foresight can save you a ton of worry and stress.

I try to keep just THREE ingredients plus a graham cracker crust on hand, and I can literally mix this up and have it ready to eat in 15 minutes.

Because when you are using every bit of your energy and emotion to get your kids through high school Biology, a no-fuss dessert is a Godsend.

And speaking of parenting, I’m guest posting on Parent Palace today!  I’ve posted the recipe here and also on their site, so feel free to click over there and check out what they have going!

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Paradise Punch Pie

ice cream pieIf you want to make an omelet, you have to break some eggs.  Or, as Robb says, if you’re not messing up once in a while, you’re not really trying.  I prefer this one:  There are obstacles to overcome on the pathway to genius.

I just made that one up.

The thing is, I prefer to think of myself as a genius.  Whether I actually merit that description is… umm… up for debate.

So when I basically faceplanted in my first attempt at a peach jar cake with peach buttercream, I was devastated.  Devastated because I was planning to serve this oh-so-cute and fantastically delicious dessert to my friends, who were going to be suitably impressed and lavish me with compliments.  Devastated because it was going to make a gorgeous blog post.  Devastated because I was about to go viral on Pinterest.

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Chocolate Sheet Cake with Cherry Topping

Do you like camping?  Our family goes camping a fair amount in the summer.  We’re cheap, and we camp in a tent, which means that we have to think about meals very carefully.  And by “we,” of course, I mean “I.”  I mean, tents don’t come with stoves and ovens, and carrying pots and pans on a tent camping trip is Not. Fun.  And so, fire danger threat level permitting, we usually use a cast iron dutch oven and make one-pot meals.

What I really love about the dutch oven is the desserts.

Okay, let’s face it.  What I really love about any kind of cooking is the desserts.

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