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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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12-15 servings


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


  • 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 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.

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  • Lawler67
    Mar 19, 2014

    This dessert is hard to characterize. It is a cross between a pineapple cake and pineapple cheesecake. It light, refreshing and perfect for a warm day. It goes together unlike anything else I have baked, but it works well. Great for potlucks or large gatherings. I have been asked for the recipe a few times.

  • Shirmapa
    Feb 8, 2011

    Lightly baking the crust is missing from the directions. I assumed the crust needed to be baked until lightly browned and cooled before topping with pineapple and filling. This was very good, light and fresh tasting.

  • kimjess2588
    May 10, 2009

    I did not try a piece myself as I made it for someone else but from what they say, this was excellent! If you love pineapple, you will love this recipe. Thanks for sharing!