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Mom’s (Almost) No Bake Pineapple Squares

Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 16

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My version of my Mom’s Pineapple Squares — almost no bake dessert that’s perfect for Spring or Easter! Light and fluffy and full of crushed pineapple!

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stack of no bake pineapple squares on white plate with whole pineapple behind

So today we’re celebrating the babes of some good blogger friends: Natalie (and baby Josh!) of Tastes Lovely, Jessica of Flying on Jess Fuel, and Izzy of She Likes Food! Personally I don’t think there’s any better way to celebrate, well, pretty much anything than good food, so we’ve gathered a bunch of tasty bites and you can find them all in the links below the recipes.

When I was trying to think of something I wanted to make, since I knew we were planning for the end of February, I wanted something light and Springy. By the end of February, I am way (WAY) over it being winter and just want some warmth, but often it doesn’t really come until May!

almost no bake pineapple squares stacked on white plate with crushed graham crumbs on top

My mind went straight to my Mom’s Pineapple Squares — I had this crazy obsession with them when my Mom would make them when we were younger. I don’t even know if I ever really told her how much I liked them (though I’m sure it showed!), but I remember just loving that overly sweet filling and slight tang from the pineapple.

So I went to find my the recipe I scrawled down from my Mom a long time ago, and when I went to make it I noticed it called for raw eggs. Now, I know a few desserts like this that have completely raw eggs, and I personally know that eating raw eggs is actually totally fine as long as they are pasteurized. But I didn’t want to get anyone all worked up about the raw eggs in the recipe and have to justify their use, so I thought maybe it was better if I didn’t make them.

one piece of pineapple squares on a floral saucer with a fork

Except I couldn’t get them off my mind. I looked at the recipe and figured I could just as easily make them without. And so I did, and although I didn’t make the original version to compare, I think these are pretty darn good.

A warning: the powdered sugar filling is sweet. There is a very small layer of it, and I love the way the tangy pineapple complements it. But I just don’t want you to make this dessert (that should be a hint right there, but sometimes it’s not enough), and then complain to me that it’s sweet. Yes, it is sweet. Okay? Cut into small pieces and thoroughly enjoy πŸ™‚

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Mom’s (Almost) No Bake Pineapple Squares

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My version of my Mom’s Pineapple Squares — almost no bake dessert that’s perfect for Spring or Easter! Light and fluffy and full of crushed pineapple!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Servings 16
Calories 181kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup + 1/4 cup butter divided
  • 1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp powdered icing sugar divided
  • 1-2 tablespoons reserved pineapple juice
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream 35%
  • 3/4 cup crushed pineapple completely drained of juice

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line an 8×8″ pan with tin foil. Spray with non stick spray.
  • In a small bowl, melt ΒΌ cup butter. Stir in graham crumbs. Spread into prepared pan and bake for 8-10 minutes or until dry on top. Remove from the oven and cool completely.
  • Beat remaining ΒΌ cup butter and 1 cup powdered sugar with an electric mixer. Add 1-2 tablespoons pineapple juice until it comes together and is smooth (you don’t want it too wet!). Spread onto cooled crust.
  • Beat cream with an electric mixer on high until soft peaks form. Add 2 tablespoons sugar and continue beating until stiff peaks form. Fold in crushed pineapple and spread onto filling in the crust.
  • Refrigerate for 3-4 hours until chilled and set. Cut into 12-16 bars.

Notes

*You’ll need to whip ΒΎ cup whipping cream and add about 1 tablespoon sugar to get 1Β½ cups sweetened whipped cream.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 181kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 100mg | Potassium: 55mg | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 410IU | Vitamin C: 2.6mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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      • Samantha A Whitson says

        Hi there Ashley~ I couldn’t find the spot to leave a separate comment/question, so I’m ‘replying’ here=)
        Could you please tell me where the eggs were incorporated, in the original recipe? I like to use them, for protein value, wherever I can~ & don’t care if raw or cooked. Thanks, in advance ~ Samantha

  1. Jenn says

    If anyone hasn’t made these, do it asap!!! I still have my grandmothers copy, it’s so strained I can hardly read, but pretty much know it by heart. No family get togeather is complete for us without a few trays of this……it’s summer!!! I’m making it now in individual ramekins for a dinner party this weekend to be a little fancier, any way you eat it though, it’s amazing….many a late night have been spent passing a pan and a fork around a camp fire lol

  2. Judy says

    I just discovered your menus for the month and am excited about trying them. I need to get organized in the kitchen and this may help me with that. I also have to clean out my freezer and this should help with that also. Thank you for sharing and the recipes look so good. This Almost No Bake Pineapple Squares sounds so delish and with very little effort. My kind of recipe. Thank you again.

  3. marcie says

    The desserts you have growing up always have a special place in your heart, right? These look so light and fluffy, and I like the sound of the sweet, creamy filling with the tangy pineapple! I can see why you loved these growing up so much!

  4. Stacey @ Bake Eat Repeat says

    I remember a recipe that was similar that my mom or one of my aunts used to make when I was a kid – those recipes are always the best. These look delicious, and perfect for spring – it’s close enough! I’m always done with winter by the end of February too!

  5. Kelly says

    I love that you are sharing your version of your mom’s recipe πŸ™‚ They look amazing and perfect for a baby shower! I am SO ready for spring and pineapple is the perfect way to bring in some tropical sunshine!

  6. Annie says

    How funny! My Mom made a recipe pretty similar but she used chopped mandarin oranges and orange juice and they are my FAVORITE! Mom’s always have the best treats! πŸ™‚

  7. Natalie @ Tastes Lovely says

    Ah! Oh my gosh! This is way too sweet! What a wonderful surprise! I am one lucky girl to have such great blogger friends. You’re just the best Ashley! And so are these pineapple squares. Perfect for easter! We’re going to a brunch potluck with family, and these will be the perfect dessert!

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