PINEAPPLE SQUARES BARS


People have been asking for years for the old version of this Pineapple Squares recipe but I have been reluctant to post one because I just don’t make them the old way any more. This is my attempt to fix what was a pretty flawed recipe, I think.

The old recipe I had seemed to be the same one that appeared in many church ladies cookbooks in the province years ago. The squares were particularly sweet with canned pineapple mixed int creamed butter frosting which contained a raw egg. Not really a recipe I’d dare to post nowadays.

What was with that raw egg anyway? It of ten caused the frosting to split and then the juice from canned pineapple made it even worse. There had to be a better way, and that egg was the first thing that had to go.

This version was inspired by a local supermarket bakery where they did a version that was icing sugar based buttercream frosting at the centre mixed again with pineapple. Again, this was quite a sweet confection but I did enjoy their version.

INSPIRATION FOR A NEW VERSION OF PINEAPPLE SQUARES
I put the idea of reinventing the recipe on the back burner until recently when I was making a Pecan Pineapple Carrot Cake for my friend Terry’s birthday. I always use fresh pineapple in that recipe and never really buy canned pineapple at all any more.


Course: Cookies/Dessert
Cuisine: North American
Servings: 36 cookie squares
Calories: 124 kcal

Ingredients;
For the graham crumb crust;

  • 1 2/3 cups graham crumbs
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 3 Tbsp sugar


For the pineapple frosting cetre;

  • 1/2 cup cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 5 to 6 cups icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup finely diced fresh golden pineapple well draine


Vanilla Whipped Cream for the top;

  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp icing sugar


Instructions;
  1. To prepare the graham crumb base
  2. Measure the graham crumbs into a small bowl and make a small well in the centre.
  3. Pour the sugar into the well, then pour the melted butter onto the sugar.
  4. Let this stand for a couple of minutes to let the butter seep into the sugar. Then stir well to combine all ingredients together. The purpose of this step is to get a good contact between the butter and sugar.
  5. Press the crumb mixture firmly into the bottom of a 9x9 inch baking pan that has been lightly greased and lined with parchment paper. (For a thinner version with less frosting at the centre you can use a 9x13 inch pan and get 50% more squares too. See NOTE for adjustments below.)
  6. To prepare the pineapple frosting centre
  7. Cream together the butter and cream cheese until smooth.
  8. Beat in the vanilla extract.
  9. Slowly start adding the icing sugar a little at a time.
  10. Beat until smooth and the consistency of the frosting is very stiff. Usually you would consider it too stiff to frost a cake at this stage.
  11. Fold in the finely diced pineapple. The pineapple should be drained of all juice. I actually let mine sit in a colander lined with paper towels.
  12. Spread evenly over the prepared base and chill for several hours or overnight.
  13. To prepare the Vanilla Whipped Cream
  14. Beat together the 3 ingredients until stiff peaks form. Spread evenly over the chilled pineapple frosting layer.
  15. Store in the fridge until ready to cut and serve.

Notes;

  • Since these are very rich cookie squares, You can use the same amount of filling in a 9x13 inch pan if you like. This will make the squares about 1/3 thinner, plus you will get about 1 1/2 times more servings.
  • Simply increase the bottom and top layers by  1 1/2 times the recipe and leave the filing as it is.
  • If you are freezing these cookie squares, I would suggest freezing them without the whipped cream topping and then adding the topping when thawed and ready to serve.
  • Although it is not my preference, many non-dairy whipped toppings will freeze pretty well if used as the top layer.



Read The Original Full Recipe in Source (Thank You): rockrecipes.com
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