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Easy Pineapple Coconut Squares

Easy Pineapple Coconut Squares, easy and delicious, a treat for everyone. A short bread base with a Coconut Pineapple topping!

1 pineapple squares on top of each other.


 

Believe me these Easy Pineapple Coconut Squares are one of the easiest cookies I have ever made. Whenever my eldest daughter yells “Get these out of the house before I eat them all” you know they are good!

These Easy Pineapple Coconut Squares was another of my mother’s easy dessert recipes. I think she had a thing for anything pineapple, she also made an amazing Pineapple Cream Dessert, that was my family’s favourite for years.

My daughter has decided that this Easy Pineapple Coconut Squares are more to her liking. Maybe because this is a lighter baked addition and I think the addition of coconut has her sold.

Two cookies stacked with one leaning against the other.

Bar cookies are made from a batter or stiff dough, such as a shortbread base, that is either poured or pressed into a baking pan and then baked, sometimes the base is pre-baked before the filling is added and then baked again. It is then cooled and cut into bars or squares. Bars are usually single layered, such as Brownies or multi layered such as these Caramel Bars.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Flour
  • Butter
  • Sugar

For the Topping

  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Egg
  • Pineapple
  • Coconut

How make Pineapple Coconut Squares

In a medium bowl mix together with a pastry blender flour, butter and sugar until it resembles coarse crumbs.

easy pineapple coconut squares

PLace the mixture in the prepared pan, pat down gently and bake for 15 minutes.

easy pineapple coconut squares

Meanwhile in a medium bowl cream together butter, sugar and egg, then fold in the well-drained pineapple and half the coconut, mix well spread over baked base, sprinkle the top with the remaining coconut, return the pan to the oven and bake. Let cool completely before cutting.

easy pineapple coconut squares

As a kid I was never a great lover of pineapple or coconut but now I can honestly say pineapple is one of my favourite fruits and yeah coconut isn’t too bad either. I think they are probably one of the best combinations.

So the perfect topping on top of a delicious shortbread cookie base and this is a square that can’t get any better.

How to store the Pineapple Coconut Squares

Bar cookies can be stored in their baking pan tightly covered with foil or they can be removed and kept in an air tight container, layered between parchment paper.

Bar cookies removed from the pan should be stored in an airtight container. Separate bar cookies with waxed paper between layers. They should be stored in the fridge, and will keep for up to 4-5 days.

How to freeze them

If you wish to freeze the whole pan, then it is a good idea to line the pan with parchment paper so it is easier to remove.

Be sure to cool the bar cookies completely before double wrapping in plastic wrap then foil. If freezing the sliced bars, then place in a freezer safe container between layers of parchment paper. Either way the bars will last up to 3 months in the freezer. Thaw at room temperature.

A bar cookie leaning against another one.

Hope you like these Easy Pineapple Coconut Squares as much as we did,  Enjoy!

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Easy Pineapple Coconut Squares, a buttery shortbread base and a delicious Coconut Pineapple filling makes this the perfect square.

Easy Pineapple Coconut Squares

Rosemary Molloy
Easy Pineapple Coconut Squares, a buttery shortbread base and a delicious Coconut Pineapple filling makes this the perfect square.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16 squares
Calories 142 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

FOR THE SHORTBREAD BASE

  • 1 ¼ cups flour
  • ½ cup butter**
  • ¼ cup sugar

FOR THE TOPPING

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 egg (room temperature)
  • 1 can crushed pineapple (14 ounce/ 410 gram can unsweetened crushed pineapple) (drain well and squish excess liquid out with your hands)
  • ½ cup shredded or flaked coconut (divided) (I used flaked)

**if base is too dry add a tablespoon or 2 of butter.

    Instructions
     

    • Pre-heat oven to 350F/180C. Line an 8 inch/20 cm square pan with parchment paper or lightly grease or spray. 
    • FOR THE SHORTBREAD BASE
    • In a medium bowl mix together with a pastry blender the flour, butter and sugar until it resembles coarse crumbs. Place the mixture in the prepared pan and gently pat down, bake for 15 minutes.
    • FOR THE TOPPING
    • Meanwhile in a medium bowl cream together the butter, sugar and egg, then fold in the well-drained pineapple and half the coconut, mix well then spread over the baked base, sprinkle the top with the remaining coconut, return to the oven and bake for another 25-30 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting. Enjoy!

    Notes

    For room temperature remove the egg from the fridge at least 1 hour before using.
    Bar cookies can be stored in their baking pan tightly covered with foil or they can be removed and kept in an air tight container, layered between parchment paper. Bar cookies removed from the pan should be stored in an airtight container. Separate bar cookies with waxed paper between layers. They should be stored in the fridge, and will keep for up to 4-5 days.
    If you wish to freeze the whole pan, then it is a good idea to line the pan with parchment paper so it is easier to remove. Be sure to cool the bar cookies completely before double wrapping in plastic wrap then foil. If freezing the sliced bars, then place in a freezer safe container between layers of parchment paper. Either way the bars will last up to 3 months in the freezer. Thaw at room temperature.
     

    Nutrition

    Calories: 142kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 61mg | Potassium: 21mg | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 215IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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    Republished from April 2016.

    74 Comments

    1. 5 stars
      Soooo good!!! Will definitely be making these again! I didn’t have unsweetened pineapple or shredded coconut so was nervous it was going to be too sweet. But it was perfect!

    2. This sounds delicious! If you mix 1/4 cup coconut with the pineapple mixture filling, then put another 1/4 cup on top of that, shouldn’t it be 1/2 cup coconut total?

    3. You use a 9 x 13 pan in the picture, yet you say an 8″ square pan. Do you double the recipe for 9 x 13?

      1. Hi Donna, yes you can, make sure they are completely cooled, then place in a freezer safe container, with parchment paper layered between the bars. They will keep for 2-3 months. 🙂

    4. 5 stars
      i loved this easy to bake recipe, and it was delicious! I sifted the flour, by everything else I followed to a T! Will definitely be making this again as my sweetheart loves anything coconut pineapple!!

      1. Hi Tina, no I haven’t but I think it would work, just chop into very small pieces and squeeze out the juice. Let me know if you try it and how it turns out.

    5. This looks really good and I would like to make it. However, I’m vegan. Wondering if you know what egg replacement would work best in this recipe
      Thanks

      1. Hi Charisse, I really don’t know because I don’t bake vegan is there something that you usually use. Or this link might be helpful.
        https://www.thekitchn.com/5-vegan-substitutes-for-eggs-in-baking-tips-from-the-kitchn-136591

    6. I was buying these for my husband at a bakery I worked near, that was 15 years ago, going to try them right now before he gets home 🙂

      1. Hi Megan, yes I would store them in the refrigerator and they probably will keep for 3-4 days. Hope this helps.

      1. Oh, also your ingredient list states 1/4 cup coconut but the instructions indicate a total of 1/2 cup. Is this accurate?

        1. Hi Allie, it is 1/2 a cup of coconut altogether, although I did say another 1/4 cup in the instructions. Hope that helps. Have a great weekend.

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