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.


29 Responses

  1. 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!

  2. 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 🙂

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. pam graf

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

  9. 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…..

  10. Shman

    I’m sure it will be delicious for my family dinner tomorrow night. My mom and I are allergic to pineapple so I did half a bag of coconut instead, and added a chocolate drizzle to the top. My husband licked the bowl and was very impressed!

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