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Pineapple Dessert Squares

 Pineapple Dessert Squares
Expect to hand out the recipe when you bring this cheesecake dessert along to your next gathering. Crushed pineapple gives it a fun, tropical twist.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
12-15 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons whole milk
  • FILLING:
  • 1 can (20 ounces) unsweetened crushed pineapple
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 5 eggs, separated
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Whole milk
  • Ground cinnamon

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine butter and sugar. Combine flour and baking
  • powder; add to butter mixture. Add egg; mix until well blended and
  • crumbly. Add milk and blend until dough forms a soft ball.
  • Pat dough onto bottom and 1-1/2 in. up sides of a greased 13-in. x
  • 9-in. baking dish. Place pineapple in a sieve over a 4-cup glass

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Pineapple Dessert Squares (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • measure; press with the back of a spoon to squeeze dry. Spread
  • pineapple evenly over bottom crust, reserving juice in glass
  • measure; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar and flour. Add the egg
  • yolks, lemon juice and vanilla; mix well. Add enough milk to
  • reserved pineapple juice to measure 2-1/2 cups. Stir milk mixture
  • into cream cheese mixture until well combined.
  • In a large bowl, beat egg whites on high until stiff. Fold filling
  • mixture into egg whites. Gently pour into crust. Sprinkle with
  • cinnamon.
  • Bake at 325° for 55 minutes or until filling is set. Cool
  • completely on wire rack. Chill until serving. Yield: 12-15 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 248 calories, 12 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 114 mg cholesterol, 158 mg sodium, 30 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.