MI Coop Kitchen

Pineapple Nut Bars

Recipe by
Great Lakes Energy Cooperative  
50 minutes (includes 30 minutes baking time)
Prep: 20 minutes | Cook: 30 minutes | Servings: 36 bars

Ingredients

Base:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter

Filling:

  • 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 8 ounce can crushed pineapple, well drained
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts (or almonds)
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted

Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 3-4 teaspoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon rum extract

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350 F.
  2. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup, level off.
  3. In medium bowl, combine flour and 1/2 cup sugar. With pastry blender or fork, cut in 1/2 cup butter until crumbly. Press in bottom of ungreased 9-inch square pan. Bake for 10 minutes.
  4. In a small bowl, combine cream cheese, 2 tablespoons sugar, 2 tablespoons milk, vanilla and egg. Beat until smooth. Stir in pineapple. Spread over partially baked base.
  5. In small bowl, combine coconut, nuts and 1 tablespoon melted butter. Sprinkle evenly over pineapple mixture. Return to oven and bake 18-20 minutes or until coconut is golden brown and filling appears set. Cool completely.
  6. In small bowl, combine all glaze ingredients. Drizzle over bars. Refrigerate until serving time. Enjoy!
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