Make a pan of Pineapple Coconut Bars for dessert tonight. The coconut cookie crust doubles as the topping, so the fruit bars come together in minutes. You can enjoy a taste of the tropics no matter where you live!
*I am partnering with Dixie Crystals to bring you this pineapple coconut bars recipe.
We love making pie bars. Using the same cookie crust for the bottom and top makes them so simple. These salted caramel apple pie bars and these pineapple bars are two of our favorites to make for summer picnics.
I love the combo of pineapple and coconut during the warm summer months, so I wanted to make a dessert bar that included both flavors.
Why This Works
The texture of these sweet pineapple coconut bars is soft and chewy. A coconut crust and crumble holds the gooey pineapple filling in place.
These are not your traditional crumble bars. Shredded coconut is added to the dough to give the fruit bars a sweet tropical flavor.
- Easy to make from scratch.
- One dough for the top and bottom.
- Soft, yet solid enough to hold with your hands.
- Great dessert for summer picnics or barbecues.
Don't let the coconut hold you back from making this dessert. The bars work great with oats too.
What You'll Need
Using simple pantry ingredients, these pineapple bars are easy to make in minutes. Save time by making the pineapple pie filling ahead of time.
- Butter - We like to use unsalted butter to control the amount of salt in recipes. If you are using salted butter, reduce the amount of salt by half.
- Light Brown Sugar - Sweetens the cookie dough crust and crumble topping.
- Egg Yolks - You will only need the yolks for this recipe. Save the whites to make meringue frosting.
- Vanilla Extract, Coconut Extract, Salt - Adds flavor and balances the sweetness.
- Flour - Provides the structure for the crust. Read our tutorial to learn how to measure flour correctly.
- Shredded Coconut - Use unsweetened coconut to give the bars a tropical flavor.
- Pineapple Filling - Thicken crushed pineapple with cornstarch, sugar, and salt to make a sweet pie filling. You can also use 1 cup of store bought filling or fruit preserves if you like.
How to Make
These pineapple crumble bars come together in less than an hour. The coconut cookie crust with the sweet pineapple filling go together so well.
- Make a batch of this simple pineapple filling and let it cool on the counter.
- Beat the softened butter and brown sugar in a large bowl until creamy. Add the egg yolks, extracts, and salt and mix again.
- Slowly mix in the flour until combined. Add the coconut and use a fork to mix it in gently.
- Press ⅔ of the dough in the bottom of a 9x13 prepared pan. Bake 20 minutes. Remove and cool 10 minutes.
- Spread the pineapple mixture over the crust and crumble the remaining dough over the top.
- Bake the bars again until the top crumble is golden brown. Let the bars cool slightly before serving.
See the Full Recipe
I am sharing the ingredients and the full instructions for this pineapple coconut bars recipe over on Dixie Crystals site.
- To Serve - The pineapple squares are ready to serve as soon as they cool.
- To Refrigerate - Leftover pineapple coconut bars are best if kept in an air tight container in the refrigerator. They will keep well for 5-7 days.
- To Freeze - Freezing these bars is a great idea if you want to make them ahead of time. Place the cut bars in a ziplock bag with layers of parchment paper to keep them from sticking together. Freeze for 1-2 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge before serving.
- Line a baking pan with foil or parchment paper. This makes it easier to lift the bars out after baking. Plus, it keeps your pan clean, so you will have less dishes to wash later.
- Use pineapple canned in juice not heavy syrup, so the filling is not super sweet.
- Feel free to change up the center and use a different pie filling.
- Use unsweetened coconut for less dense pie bars.
- Love nuts? Stir ½ cup of your favorite chopped nuts into the dough.
- Add chopped maraschino cherries to the dough before baking to create pina colada bars. Make sure to pat the cherries dry first to avoid adding extra moisture.
- These cookie bars are delicious served cold or room temperature. Serve squares with a swirl of homemade whipped topping or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Can I use sweetened shredded coconut?
Yes, you can use the sweetened coconut. It will make the cookie crust a little sweeter and a little more dense because of the sugar content in it.
Can these bars be made ahead of time?
Yes, this is a great dessert to make a few days ahead of time. Keep the pineapple coconut bars in an air tight container in the fridge until needed.
More Pineapple Desserts
- Pineapple Dole Whip
- Pineapple Cupcakes
- Blueberry Slushies (with pineapple)
- Pineapple Sunshine Cake
- Pina Colada Cake
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