For the Crust:
2 Cups.Of graham cracker crumbs.
1/2 Cup.Of unsalted butter, melted.
1/4 Cup.Of granulated sugar.
For the Filling:
1 (8 oz) Pkg.Of cream cheese, softened.
1 Cup.Of powdered sugar.
1 Tsp.Of vanilla extract.
1 can (20 oz) crushed pineapple, drained.
1 Cup.Of heavy whipping cream.
For the Topping:
1 Cup.Of shredded coconut, toasted (optional).
Fresh pineapple slices or cherries for garnish (optional).
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Combine graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and sugar in a bowl. Form a uniform crust by pressing the mixture onto the bottom of a baking dish about 9 inches by 13 inches. While you are making the filling, put the dish in the refrigerator to keep it cold.
In a large mixing bowl, whip the cream cheese that has been softened until it is smooth. While beating, add powdered sugar and vanilla extract and continue to mix until everything is incorporated.
Combine the crushed pineapple that has been drained with the cream cheese in a low-speed blender. Make sure that the pineapple is well distributed throughout the dish so that each mouthful has a blast of tropical flavor.
To make the heavy whipping cream into stiff peaks, whisk it in a separate dish until it reaches the desired consistency. Fold the whipped cream into the combination of cream cheese and pineapple in a careful manner until the mixture is smooth and airy.
Take the baking dish out of the refrigerator and spread the pineapple and cream cheese mixture evenly over the graham cracker crust. This will ensure that the topping is consistent.
Put the dessert in the refrigerator and leave it there for at least four hours, but ideally overnight, so that it may be cold. This gives the layers time to solidify, and it also gives the tastes time to combine.
Grind coconut shreds in a dry skillet over medium heat until golden brown, just before serving. To add another dimension of taste and texture to the Pineapple Dream that has been cooled, sprinkle the Pineapple Dream with the toasted coconut.
For a decorative touch, you may top the dessert with fresh pineapple slices or cherries. This step is completely optional. Cut into squares and serve cold, relishing the delectable mix of the rich filling and the taste of the tropical pineapple.