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Pineapple Pretzel Fluff

Pineapple Pretzel Fluff is so cool and creamy with salty, crunchy bits of pretzel mixed in. It is the ultimate sweet and salty treat.

Pineapple Pretzel Fluff


This is a really easy recipe to make for a potluck, picnic, or cookout. It can be served as a dessert or a sweet side dish. Everyone will ask you for the recipe.

The pretzel pieces are what make this fluff dessert so divine. They are baked with lots of butter and sugar. You get buttery, salty, and sweet in every bite.

Pineapple Pretzel Fluff


How To Make Pineapple Pretzel Fluff:

  • Stir together the pretzel pieces, melted butter, and 1/2 cup of sugar. Bake in a 400 degree oven for about 7 minutes. Let cool and then break apart into pieces.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and remaining 1/2 cup of sugar until smooth and creamy. Fold in a drained can of crushed pineapple and a 12-ounce container of Cool Whip. Refrigerate for at least an hour.
  • Mix the pretzel pieces in just before serving so that they stay crunchy.

Tips For Making:

  • 12 ouce containers of Cool Whip can be hard to find. You can use one full 8-ounce container plus half of a second 8-ounce container. Or buy a 16-ounce container and use 3/4 of it.
  • Mix the pretzel pieces in last minute to keep them crisp and crunchy. If you have leftovers, the pretzel pieces will get a little soft, but it will still taste really good.

Pineapple Pretzel Fluff

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Pineapple Pretzel Fluff

Pineapple Pretzel Fluff

Pineapple Pretzel Fluff is an easy to make dessert salad that's both sweet and salty with a little crunch.
PREP: 5 mins
COOK: 7 mins
TOTAL: 12 mins


  • 1 cup crushed pretzels
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 (12-ounce) container Cool Whip, thawed


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a 9x13-inch baking pan with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together pretzel pieces, butter, and 1/2 cup sugar. Transfer mixture to prepared baking pan. Press down gently on it and spread it out some. It does not need to cover the bottom of the pan.
  • Bake for 7 minutes. Let cool.
  • In a large bowl, use a hand-held mixer to beat cream cheese and remaining 1/2 cup sugar until smooth and creamy.
  • Fold in Pineapple and Cool Whip. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. 
  • Just before serving, crumble the pretzel mixture and mix into pineapple mixture. I like to reserve some of it to sprinkle on top.


To drain the pineapple, I like to place it in a fine-meshed sieve set over a bowl. Let it sit there a good 5 to 10 minutes so that all the excess liquid drains off.
Can be made 24 hours in advance. Keep pretzel mixture in a ziptop bag and mix in just before serving.
I use pineapple packed in pineapple juice, NOT the kind in heavy syrup.


Calories: 353kcal
Course: Dessert, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dessert salad

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34 thoughts on “Pineapple Pretzel Fluff”

  1. Susanne Morse

    This fluff dessert is so delicious and a clear winner among our guests!

    The only thing I would mention, as did another commenter, was that the sugar-butter mixture for the pretzels seems WAY OFF. When I was sizing this up I opted to double the pretzels and use the recipe measurements for sugar-butter and they were still swiiming in too much liquid and in this case more is not better as they won’t crisp up as nicely with too much.

    I think this could be achieved with 2 cups pretzel piecs and 1/4 each butter and sugar. Thoughts?

  2. It sounds tasty. Simply Loved this recipe. I will give 10 out of 10 for this recipe. Thanks for sharing useful content.

  3. I recommend trying this recipe, as it made a tasty treat. This is something I’ll be making again. thanks, a lot for sharing.

  4. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. A quick and easy recipe that was perfect for a cookout. It’s such a lovely summer dessert, and it’s so easy to make! You can also visit this website
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  5. This was soooo delicious. Made it for a cookout and it was gone in minutes. Everyone asked for the recipe. So easy and such a nice light summer dessert! Will be making this often.

  6. I was so excited to make this for Easter. After making the pretzel mix, I realized that there was way too much butter and sugar. I sorted out pretzel pieces so I didn’t have all the clumps of sugar and butter. I did not add the sugar to the cream cheese/pineapple mixture and didn’t see any reason to open another carton of Cool Whip just for two ounces so I only used one. The fluff mixture tastes perfectly fine to me.

    Therefore, if you want such a sweet and fatty dish, use the original recipe. It’s interesting to see so many of you who love it the way it is.

  7. Sarah Chevrier

    Years back I’d went to a birthday party and my friend had made Pretzel Fluff….. It was so delicious I HAD to get recipe from her!! 20 some years later when the family gets together I’m always begged to bring Pretzel Fluff! It has become my dish I always bring to get togethers and potlucks! I highly recommend bring this easy to make dish to your next get together….. but make sure you have recipe, because you will be asked!
    Tip: I learned a long time ago to double the recipe because it goes quickly! Always!!!!

  8. Nancy Trotto

    Had this at a ladies card club and would NOT leave until I found out how to make it and where I could find the recipe. So GOOD!

  9. I made a double batch for a Birthday party cookout. It was AMAZING! Such a huge hit with everyone! I cut down on the sugar and just sprinkled the baked sugared pretzels on top. I left a bowl of them next to the fluff for partygoers to add to their liking. Honestly, the fluff is great with or without the pretzels. I was hoping to bring the leftovers home, but, I left with an empty bowl! I will definitely be making this again!

  10. This is a recipe worth giving a try, it was a delicious treat. Will be making again. Thank you for sharing.

  11. Christin, there’s something about the texture of Cool Whip I’ve never cared for. How about if I sub maybe 2 cups of whipped cream for it? Would that work?

  12. Jen McMillan

    Huge hit at work! Everyone loved it. Passed out recipes to everyone who tried it at their request.

  13. The recipe called for pretzel pieces but did not mention whether these were to be salted or unsalted…unless I missed this. I used half alter and half unsalted. The salted gave the dessert a salty/sweet flavour. I’d used the combination again.

  14. Made the mistake of using my hand beater to mix the cream cheese and Cool Whip together. This made the dish a little less fluffy. Absolutely delicious nevertheless. The crunchy buttery pretzel mixture was to die for. I had to stop nibbling on it while it cooled. An easy dessert . Without a doubt, I’ll make this many more times.

  15. Everyone wanted the recipe! Made it gluten free with Gf pretzels. Served with Gf pretzels on the as a dip but people where dipping in with anything they could find potato chips, nachos, etc). I highly recommend, it was so easy!

  16. Hi there!
    Can I use pieces of crushed crunch in it as well? I suppose it would add to the taste.

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