another guys night has come upon me, and i am going to try something different. i know i have a LOT if chocolate desserts up my sleeve, so i wanted to go fruity. i happened to have a lot of canned pineapple in my pantry, so i knew i would experiment with it right away. during the summer, you always see lemon bar recipes floating around. i thought i would create a spin off of those lemon bars using pineapple. there is a tad bit of butter in this recipe, which makes them super soft and decadent. okay, there is a lot. but it is okay to splurge every now and then, right? well, dive-in to these bars and don't look back. 🙂
- - for the crust
- 2 cups flour -
- 1 cup old fashioned oats -
- 1 cup brown sugar -
- 1/2 teaspoon salt -
- 1 teaspoon baking powder -
- 1 and 1/2 stick of butter - softened
- - pineapple filling
- 1/2 cup butter (1 stick) - softened
- 1 cup sugar -
- 2 eggs -
- 1 cup flour -
- 1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple - i used pineapple chunks then pulsed them into pieces with the juice
- - topping
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar -
- preheat the oven to 350 degrees. line an 9x9 baking pan with aluminum foil. spray lightly with cooking spray.
- a large bowl, mix the ingredients for the crust until crumbly and butter is incorporated evenly.
- pour the crust ingredients into pan and press into an even layer.
- place into the preheated oven for 10 minutes until hardened.
- in another bowl, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy.
- add in each egg, blending in each one individually.
- mix in the crushed pineapple.
- sprinkle in the flour, gradually mixing it in until combined. the mix may look curdled, but it is fine.
- pour the pineapple filling over the crust. smooth into an even layer.
- bake in the oven for 45 - 50 minutes or until lightly browned and toothpick inserted comes out clean. let the bars cool. lift the bars out of the baking dish using the aluminum foil handles.
- cut into squares and dust lightly with the powdered sugar, if desired.