Pineapple Squares

Pineapple Squares

Pineapple Squares - an old time, no-bake Newfoundland Cookie Bar recipe thats been updated with a bit of a reinvention and a new flavour addition.
Course Cookies/Dessert
Cuisine North American
Keyword cookie bars, cream cheese, pineapple
Prep Time 30 minutes
Servings 36 cookie squares
Calories 124 kcal


For the graham crumb crust

  • 1 2/3 cups graham crumbs
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 3 Tbsp sugar

For the pineapple frosting cetre

  • 1/2 cup cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 5 to 6 cups icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup finely diced fresh golden pineapple well draine

Vanilla Whipped Cream for the top

  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp icing sugar
US Customary - Metric


To prepare the graham crumb base

  1. Measure the graham crumbs into a small bowl and make a small well in the centre.
  2. Pour the sugar into the well, then pour the melted butter onto the sugar.
  3. Let this stand for a couple of minutes to let the butter seep into the sugar. Then stir well to combine all ingredients together. The purpose of this step is to get a good contact between the butter and sugar.
  4. Press the crumb mixture firmly into the bottom of a 9x9 inch baking pan that has been lightly greased and lined with parchment paper. (For a thinner version with less frosting at the centre you can use a 9x13 inch pan and get 50% more squares too. See NOTE for adjustments below.)

To prepare the pineapple frosting centre

  1. Cream together the butter and cream cheese until smooth.
  2. Beat in the vanilla extract.
  3. Slowly start adding the icing sugar a little at a time.
  4. Beat until smooth and the consistency of the frosting is very stiff. Usually you would consider it too stiff to frost a cake at this stage.
  5. Fold in the finely diced pineapple. The pineapple should be drained of all juice. I actually let mine sit in a colander lined with paper towels.
  6. Spread evenly over the prepared base and chill for several hours or overnight.

To prepare the Vanilla Whipped Cream

  1. Beat together the 3 ingredients until stiff peaks form. Spread evenly over the chilled pineapple frosting layer.
  2. Store in the fridge until ready to cut and serve.

Recipe Notes

As several people have noted, these are quite sweet and rich, so if that's not your thing, probably pass on this recipe. Treat them like Nanaimo bars or fudge. A small serving is enough.

Since these are very rich cookie squares, You can use the same amount of filling in a 9x13 inch pan if you like. This will make the squares about 1/3 thinner, plus you will get about 1 1/2 times more servings.

Simply increase the bottom and top layers by  1 1/2 times the recipe and leave the filing as it is.

If you are freezing these cookie squares, I would suggest freezing them without the whipped cream topping and then adding the topping when thawed and ready to serve.

Although it is not my preference, many non-dairy whipped toppings will freeze pretty well if used as the top layer.

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

Nutrition Facts
Pineapple Squares
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie square based on the 9x9 pan. (98 calories if using the 9x13 pan))
Calories 124 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 28mg 9%
Sodium 74mg 3%
Potassium 27mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 6g 2%
Sugars 4g
Vitamin A 6.7%
Vitamin C 1.3%
Calcium 1.1%
Iron 1.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.