Chewy Pineapple Squares

Simple to make and oh-so-delicious — chewy pineapple squares are the perfect summer dessert. My baker-bud, Carolyn, gave me this recipe. Her mother makes these squares, and she has raved about this particular treat on more than one occasion. After whipping these up, I can honestly say that they are amazing in every way. They are somewhere between cakey and chewy, and with the pineapple, nuttiness and the smooth cream cheese frosting — just plain addictive! This recipe yields a good amount, so it’s great for a party or potluck.

Ingredients in Squares:

  • 2 cups unbleached flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 14 oz crushed pineapple (in own juice)
  • 1/2 cup walnuts finely chopped
  • 2 eggs (beaten)

Ingredients in Frosting:

  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • chopped walnuts (optional)

Directions for Squares:

Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda together in large mixing bowl. Add eggs (beaten), pineapple, and walnuts to dry ingredients and mix by hand. Pour into a 14” x 11” x 2” pan (greased and floured), and bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.

Directions for Frosting:

In an electric mixer, blend room temperature cream cheese and butter together. Mix in confectioners sugar. Spread on cool squares. Sprinkle additional walnuts on top if desired. Cut into squares and enjoy!

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