Potluck Cheesecake Dessert

Potluck Cheesecake Dessert...A creamy and fruity dessert that is SO easy and crazy good!

This nostalgic 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!

I recently pulled out an old school cookbook from when I was in Elementary School. It was one of those fundraisers that PTA did, where all the moms submitted their favorite recipes and they were all printed in a book.

Anyhow, this one is a treasure trove of lost desserts from my childhood.

Also, looking back on the names of the recipes…I mean, I couldn’t even PRINT some of the recipe titles here..let’s just say they weren’t necessarily politically correct. Dang moms of the 80s, what was going on back then? And also, oh how times have changed.


Anyhow this one definitely did not offend. It was called Potluck Cheesecake Dessert…which is king of a “meh” name, but also, it is what it is.

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.

Seriously, it’s good stuff.

Potluck Cheesecake Dessert. A simple dessert to make for get togethers and parties...so easy to make and everyone will love it!

First make your crust…  it’s a whole box of Nilla Wafers completely crushed…

Nilla Wafers for crust

Mix that with some butter and a pinch of salt…

Crushed Nilla Wafers

And dump them into a lined 9×9 pan.

Nilla Wafer Crust

To get the crust nice and firm, and also so it won’t crumble apart, you’ll need to press down on it and pack it.  I like to use a cup to help…

Pressed Nilla Wafer Crust

Then bake it for just a few minutes until it’s lightly golden.

Nilla Wafer Baked Crust

While the crust is cooling make your filling. You’ll need some cream cheese, powdered sugar and crushed pineapple.

Creamy Potluck Cheesecake Dessert!

Also, make sure to drain the pineapple super well before adding it.

Adding pineapple for the potluck cheesecake dessert

Beat that all together and then fold in some Cool Whip. Also, yes, you could use whipped cream.

Making Cheesecake Dessert

Plop that on top of your cooled crust and spread it evenly.

Potluck Cheesecake Dessert

Allow it to chill for a good while, even overnight and then remove it from the pan to slice.

See the pretty crust?

Creamy Potluck Cheesecake Dessert!

Cut into squares to serve…

Potluck Cheesecake Dessert, Creamy simple to make and crazy good!

And then have a slice or 12.

Potluck Cheesecake Dessert



Potluck Cheesecake Dessert


serves 12-15



  • 1 (11 oz) box Nilla Wafers crushed (about 2 1/2 – 3 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°
  2. Line a 9×9 pan with foil and set aside.
  3. 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.
  4. Bake the crust for 5-7 minutes until lightly golden. Allow to cool completely.
  5. In bowl of stand mixer combine cream cheese and butter, beating until smooth. Add in powdered sugar and continue beating until all is incorporated with no lumps.
  6. Mix in drained pineapple until mixed in well. Fold in Cool Whip.
  7. Spread onto cooled crust. Chill for at least 3 hours, over overnight.
  8. Cut into squares when ready to serve.


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Chloe @ foodlikecake

I love that crust! And the filling- wow 😀


Ohhh I’m sure that pineapple in the filling is awesome! I love any potluck dessert with cream cheese in it, sopapilla cheesecake is one of my favorites! I will have to give this a try!

Averie @ Averie Cooks

That last shot with the fork marks, I can just see how creamy and awesome it is – pinned!

Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie

This looks delicious I love the pineapple in it!

Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

How creamy and yummy! Love that it has pineapple too!!!

Amber W

So I love the sound of this recipe but am wondering about using Biscoff instead of the Nilla Waffers as I canNOT get enough of Biscoff 🙂

Erin | The Law Student

CLASSIC! This reminds me of every family reunion I ever attended, but way less awkward and more delicious.

Nikki @Seeded at the Table

Flashback! I’m always on the look out for potluck recipes, too, since our church eats together every week. Sometimes it’s hard to think of something easy that feeds a lot of people! 🙂

Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar

I love things that are quick, easy and delicious! This sounds awesome – I love pineapple! Pinned!

Jessica @ Sweet Menu

I love good ol’ fashioned desserts and this one looks amazing! Sometimes the oldies are the best. It’s making me want to hit up my Grandma for a few of her golden treats.


My mom made something with the same filling ingredients but instead of the crust she would used crushed pretzels, sugar and butter baked until firm then cooled and broken into bite size pieces and added right before serving. Mmmm… Now I’ll have to make some of moms pretzel salad! Thanks for the reminder!


Oh dear me. I totally remember something like this my mom used to make.!!! YUM


Looks delic! Wondering if you could use other canned fruit. Diced peaches, or even fresh strawberries?

Lisa Langston

This recipe is killing me! I must make this tomorrow! I would love to have a copy of that cookbook. Could you tell me the name of the book so I can look for it? I would greatly appreciate it.
By the way, I LOVE your blog, I always find fabulous recipes here!
Thank you!


You know, I love recipe titles like yours! I’m not sure what it is, but whenever a recipe title affirms for me that, yes, this is an excellent dish to *bring* places like potlucks or BBQs, I’m about 100% more likely to try it. Thank you for sharing this–I’ll definitely be including it in my weekly (Friday) link love roundup!


Same as Elisa, I’m wondering about other fruits; fresh, frozen or canned. Either way, looks delicious!


That’s hilarious about the non-PC recipe titles. Now I’m curious and want to know what they are!
This is a great recipe. So retro and fun!

Jennifer | Bake or Break

This looks so good, Shelly! It really reminds me of church potluck desserts from my childhood. My mom made something similar but with different flavors. Definitely a crowd pleaser!


Could you adjust for a 9×13 pan? Maybe 1.5 times the ingredients?


Oh yum! That looks incredible!!! What a great dessert for this time of year!


Could you use Coconut Oil instead of butter?

Liz Olver

I’ve never heard of using butter in the filling of an instant cheesecake. The recipe I have used forever is 1 8 oz cream cheese, softened, 1/2 cup sour cream, beat til smooth, add 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1/2 cup powdered sugar. Fold in 1 8 oz Cool Whip. Put into prepared Pie Crust of your choice. Although I’ve also never added crushed pineapple, it sounds like it would be delicious.

pam graf

Hi… i would love to make this, however I am allergic to pineapple… have you tried this recipe substituting the pineapple? Thanks

TX Ann

This stuff is terrific! Light and fluffy and yummy! It’s really easy to make too. I highly recommend it. I wonder how it would be with coconut…..