Traditionally, the filling is two layers and the crust and topping is just graham cracker crumbs and butter. I’ve updated it to make the process simpler (without any loss in flavor) by turning the filling into a single layer and added even a little more flavor to the crust.
- 2 1/2 cups crushed graham crackers
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple, very well drained
- 1 (8-ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
Preheat the oven to 300°F.
Melt the butter and combine the graham crackers, butter, sugar, and salt. Stir until the graham crackers are coated in the butter. Pour about 2 cups of the mixture into the bottom of an 8x8-inch baking dish and firmly press flat to form the crust. I like to use the bottom of a metal measuring cup for this. Set the remaining crumb mixture aside to be used as the topping. Bake the crust for about 10 minutes. Cool completely.
In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and butter together. Add the powdered sugar and mix well. Add the drained pineapple and stir to combine. Fold in the whipped topping.
Once the crust has cooled, spread the pineapple mixture evenly over the crust. Sprinkle the top with the remaining crumb mixture. Refrigerate overnight (or at least 4 hours) to allow the filling to set.
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