Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Pina Colada Dessert Cups

If you like pina coladas (I mean the flavors not the song though you can like that too!) I have for you these Pina Colada Dessert Cups as a fun treat.

Pina Colada Dessert Cups | Cooking on the Front Burner


I love the flavor combination of pineapple and coconut - it reminds me of summer and sipping a tasty beverage by the pool side.  In this variety you can have your cake pie and eat it too!  The recipe I'm sharing below will make a 9" pie.  I decided to use these cute canning jars instead because, well, I just thought they would look cute and make a nice dessert presentation.

Pina Colada Dessert Cups

by Deb Attinella
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
One 9" pie
    • 1 ½ cups crushed vanilla wafers
    • 2 tablespoon sugar
    • ½ cup melted butter
    • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
    • ½ cup toasted coconut
    • 1 ½ pints heavy whipped cream
    • 1 8 oz. crushed pineapple (lightly squeeze out some liquid)
    • 2 tablespoon dark rum (or leave out if you prefer not to use alcohol)
    • ½ cup toasted coconut
    • 1 ½ teaspoon unflavored gelatin
    • ¼ cup cold water
    • 1 6 oz. serving vanilla pudding (UNPREPARED)
    • cool whip if desired
    1. Mix crumbs with sugar, nutmeg and coconut then add melted butter. Press into a 9” pie plate and bake at 350 for approximately 10 minutes or until light brown. Cool completely.
    1. Dissolve the gelatin in the cold water by placing the bowl in another bowl of hot water; stir until dissolved.
    2. Blend heavy cream and dry vanilla pudding and mix well then whip at high speed one minute or until stiff peaks form.
    3. Add pineapple, gelatin, and rum to mixture; blend well
    4. Pile onto crust and sprinkle with toasted coconut.
    5. Chill at least 3 hours
    6. (For the cups I piped on cool whip before adding the coconut)
    *Toasting coconut is easy. Preheat your oven to 350 and place desired amount on a rimmed cookie sheet and place on middle rack. Stir about every 3 minutes until coconut starts to brown up. Watch near end so it doesn’t burn.
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    For the cups, I pressed the mixture into the canning jars and did not bake them.  I put in the freezer for about 10 minutes before piping in the filling.  I also thought these would be fun to take along on a picnic by keeping the lids on the jars and when ready to serve add the whipped topping and coconut.  No potential mess to be had!

    Pina Colada Dessert Cups | Cooking on the Front Burner #dessert #pinacolada

    I also wanted to share that this recipe was from a restaurant back in my home town that is no longer around.  They were known for this pie and if you give it a try, you will know why too!

    Pina Colada Dessert Cups | Cooking on the Front Burner #coconutrecipe #pinacolada

    Another no bake dessert - Mini Cannoli Cheesecakes


    1. I've been seeing so many yummy pina colada recipes lately and this one is only making my craving get worse! It looks delicious, Deb, and the little canning jar is a great touch! Looks delicious. :)

    2. Deb, I love pina coladas and this dessert looks fantastic! I totally want to try this for a summer party (and maybe first, just for me. To taste test. ;) Pinning! Hope you had a fabulous Mother's Day and are having a wonderful week!

    3. What a fun dessert! I'd love to get my hands on one of those sweet treats!

    4. This looks amazing! And seems simple to make. I love all your pictures.. they are making me drool :)

    5. Deb, These look delicious and I love the presentation in the jar wrapped in string. Already pinned this!

    6. I love pina coladas too!! Love the cute little dessert cups! :) Scheduled to pin this!

    7. These look wonderful! Yum!! Pinned:)

    8. Deb this looks so awesome!! One of my favorite drinks in a dessert!

    9. What a delicious idea for a dessert! I love looks so good and tasty! Thanks for sharing with us.

    10. This looks so good!! I must try!


    11. Delicious recipe with a gorgeous presentation. thanks for bring this to foodie friday. Pinned all your recipes.

    12. This is AWESOME Deb
      It looks soooooooooo tasty!!

    13. These dessert cups are so pretty and adorable! I love anything tropical and pina colada is one of my favorites :)

    14. Those are so adorable Deb, they do look better in cute little cups! I love pina coladas, in fact I just make pina colada ice cream yesterday. :)

    15. can any1 tell me whats their shelf life?

    16. how much water do you use to dissolve the gelatin

      1. Hi - it is in the ingredients.... 1/4 cup. Enjoy!


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