Creamy Tropical Dessert (lighter recipe)

Enjoy these chilled creamy fruit squares without worrying about your waistline! Removing fat--but not flavor--is easily accomplished with reduced-fat cream cheese and frozen whipped topping.

  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 9 hr 0 min
  • Servings 15

Almond Pastry

1 1/2
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1
cup margarine, softened
1/2
cup powdered sugar
1/2
cup almonds, finely chopped

Filling

1
package (8 oz) reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel), softened
2/3
cup granulated sugar
2
teaspoons vanilla
1
can (20 oz) crushed pineapple, drained, 1 cup juice reserved
3
cups frozen (thawed) reduced-fat whipped topping
2
cups miniature marshmallows
1
tablespoon cornstarch
1
cup kiwifruit slices or strawberries, quartered

  • 1 Heat oven to 400°F. In large bowl, beat flour, margarine and powdered sugar with electric mixer on low speed 1 minute, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on high speed about 2 minutes or until creamy. Stir in almonds. Spread in ungreased 13x9-inch pan. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until edges are golden brown; cool.
  • 2 In large bowl, mix cream cheese, granulated sugar and the vanilla until smooth. Reserve 1/2 cup pineapple. Stir remaining pineapple into cream cheese mixture. Fold whipped topping and marshmallows into cream cheese mixture. Spread over pastry crust. Cover and refrigerate at least 8 hours but no longer than 48 hours.
  • 3 In 2-quart saucepan, gradually stir reserved 1 cup pineapple juice into cornstarch. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils. Boil and stir 1 minute; cool. Fold in reserved pineapple and the kiwifruit. Cut dessert into squares; serve with fruit mixture. Store in refrigerator.

Expert Tips

If you need to store fresh strawberries a day or two, place them in a single layer in a 15x10x1-inch pan lined with paper towels. Cover the berries with paper towels and refrigerate.

Remove the hulls of the strawberries after rinsing to avoid water-logged berries.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
355
(
Calories from Fat
180 ),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
20 g
20 %
(Saturated Fat
7 g,
7 %
),
Cholesterol
10 mg
10 %;
Sodium
220 mg
220 %;
Total Carbohydrate
40 g
40 %
(Dietary Fiber
1 g
1 %
),
Protein
5 g
5 %
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
16%;
Vitamin C
8%;
Calcium
4%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.