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Potluck Cheesecake Dessert

This Potluck Cheesecake Dessert is an easy cheesecake recipe with a no bake cheesecake filling on top of a Nilla Wafer crust. It’s creamy, quick, with crushed pineapple to give it an extra fruity sweetness!

This nostalgic cheesecake dessert is a family favorite! It’s called Potluck Cheesecake Dessert because it’s perfect for Potlucks and BBQs…anywhere you need to bring a dessert, this one is going to be a fast favorite. The crust is made with Nilla Wafers and the filling is a quick and easy no bake cheesecake, with crushed pineapple to make it extra delicious.

I have a fantastic No Bake Cheesecake Recipe her eon my site, if you’re looking for something classic, but this is a great recipe when you want something a little different, but one that everyone will love!

This recipe was originally published in 2014 and was recently updated with new photos and new tips in 2019.

Creamy Potluck Cheesecake Recipe

What Exactly IS a Potluck Cheesecake Dessert?

I recently pulled out an old school cookbook from my cabinet…the kind that was a school fundraiser where all the moms submitted their favorite recipes and they were all printed in a book. Aren’t those the best? Everyone’s signature recipes all combined into one neat little book…a treasure trove of lost desserts from my childhood.

And this Potluck Cheesecake Recipe came straight from one of these books

It has a thick Nilla Wafer crust..buttery and delicious…and it’s topped with a creamy, yet surprisingly light layer of cream cheese, crushed pineapple and Cool Whip.

It’s one of those desserts that you could eat 17 slices of and never be full…because you just need ONE MORE BITE.

How To Make Potluck Cheesecake

How Do You Make Potluck Cheesecake?

The steps for this recipe are un-suprisingly easy.

  1. The crust is made from a whole box of Nilla Wafers, which you will completely crush. you can do this with a rolling pin and a zip-top bag, a food processor or a blender.
  2. I like a pinch of salt added to the crust as well for a little balance. You have a lot of sweet ingredients in this cheesecake recipe, so a small amount of salt is a nice addition. You could also certainly use graham crackers if you prefer!
  3. You do bake the crust for this recipe, so it’s a half no-bake recipe. I like the crunch a baked crust gives as opposed to an unbaked crust. But the good news is it only takes 5-ish minutes in the oven.
  4. While the crust is cooking, you can make your filling. You can even pop the crust in the fridge to cool a little faster!
  5. The filling is easy as the ingredients are only cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, Cool Whip, and crushed pineapple. Make sure to drain the pineapple super well before adding it.
  6. Once you’ve mixed all your filling ingredients just spread it on top of the cooled crust and that’s it! Let it chill for at least 3 hours and you’re all set!
This Easy Potluck Cheesecake Dessert is creamy and sweet

Can You make This Cheesecake In Advance?

Yes, absolutely! If you’re serving this for a party, this recipe is a great way to get your dessert made ahead of time. The longer it chills, the better it will be!

you can even just make the crust the day ahead, cover it and store it at room temperature. make the filling the day you’re going to serve it if you would like, just make sure you allow at least 3 hours of chill time.

Can You Freeze This Cheesecake?

Indeed you can! Make sure to cover it airtight before popping it in the freezer for up to 30 days. You can even enjoy this dessert recipe frozen if you would like!

How To Thaw Cheesecake

The best way to thaw cheesecake out if you freeze it, is in the refrigerator. This will take a few hours at least, but it’s the best way. I don’t recommend thawing this at room temperature, as it won’t thaw evenly.

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This Easy Potluck Cheesecake Dessert is creamy and sweet

Potluck Cheesecake Dessert

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  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: serves 12 1x
  • Category: Cheesecake
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: Dessert


This easy cheesecake recipe is a crowd pleaser, which makes it perfect for parties!




  • 1 (11 oz) box Nilla Wafers crushed (about 2 1/23 cups crushed)
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • 1 (8 oz) brick Cream Cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple, well drained
  • 1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9×9 pan with foil and set aside.
  2. In medium bowl combine crushed Nilla Wafers, melted butter and salt. Press evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan. I used the bottom of a cup to help press it evenly.
  3. Bake the crust for 5-7 minutes until lightly golden. Allow to cool completely.
  4. For the filling, combine cream cheese and butter in the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment on medium speed, beating until smooth. Add in powdered sugar and continue beating until all is incorporated with no lumps.
  5. Turn the mixer to low and add in drained pineapple until mixed in well. Fold in Cool Whip.
  6. Spread onto cooled crust. Chill for at least 3 hours, or over overnight.
  7. Cut into squares when ready to serve.


Store airtight in the refrigerator for up to 3 days


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 382
  • Sugar: 33.3 g
  • Sodium: 574.6 mg
  • Fat: 22.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 45.6 g
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Cholesterol: 41.3 mg

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  1. Recipe Adjustment Recommendations
    1/4 tsp salt (1/2 tsp was way too salty)
    use 9×13 pan (unless you want inch thick crust), tin foil not necessary. You don’t need to increase the filling for the 9×13 size.
    Brown the butter for the crust if you want to be extra fancy.

    1 C powdered sugar (2 C is too much)
    Omit the butter in the filling. Completely unnecessary, but do still beat it smooth or you will get lumps.

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