Tropical Layered Dessert

Tropical flavors make this simple Tropical Layered Dessert ideal for a summer party. This dessert will serve a crowd of 20.

Tropical Layered Dessert


  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 (8 serving size) box JELL-O Brand Island Pineapple or Strawberry Kiwi Flavor Gelatin
  • 1 1/2 cups cold water
  • 2 (8 ounce) cans tropical fruit cocktail, drained*
  • 1 1/2 cups HONEY MAID Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup BAKER'S ANGEL FLAKE Coconut, toasted**
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 (8 ounce) package PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 (8 ounce) container COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed, divided
  • 1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple in juice, drained*

* Do not use fresh or frozen pineapple, kiwi, gingerroot, papaya, figs or guava since enzymes in these fruits prevent the gelatin from setting.

** How to Toast Coconut: Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread coconut into thin layer in shallow baking pan. Bake 7 to 12 minutes or until lightly toasted, stirring occasionally.


  1. Stir boiling water into dry gelatin in large bowl at least 2 minutes until completely dissolved.
  2. Stir in cold water. Add fruit cocktail; mix well.
  3. Refrigerate for 1 1/4 hours or until slightly thickened (consistency of unbeaten egg whites).
  4. Mix Graham crumbs, butter, coconut and 1/4 cup of the sugar in 13 x 9-inch pan. Press firmly onto bottom of pan. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  5. Beat cream cheese, remaining 1/4 cup sugar and the milk in large bowl with wire whisk until well blended.
  6. Gently stir in 2 cups of the whipped topping and the pineapple. Spread evenly over crust.
  7. Spoon gelatin mixture over cream cheese layer.
  8. Refrigerate 4 hours or until firm.
  9. Cut into 20 squares to serve.
  10. Serve topped with the remaining whipped topping.
  11. Store leftover dessert in refrigerator.

Yield: 20 servings

Nutritional Information: Calories 230 Total fat 12 g Saturated fat 8 g Cholesterol 25 mg Sodium 170 mg Carbohydrate 28 g Dietary fiber 1 g Sugars 22 g Protein 2 g

Vitamin A 6 %DV Vitamin C 10 %DV Calcium 0 %DV Iron 2 %DV

Recipe and photo used with permission from: Kraft Heinz Company

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