Pineapple Squares

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My grandmother always kept this cake in the freezer for unexpected company. A nice change of dessert from the usual bar or square recipe. Garnish with icing sugar sprinkled over the top if desired.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 25 mins
1 9x13-inch cake


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup unsalted butter

  • ¼ cup milk

  • 1 egg

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ¼ cup butter

Pineapple Filling:

  • 2 (8 ounce) cans crushed pineapple, drained and juice reserved

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • ¼ cup cornstarch

Streusel Topping:

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • ¼ cup butter

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • cup white sugar


  1. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Cut in butter using a pastry cutter or your hands until coarse crumbs form.

  2. Whisk milk, egg, and vanilla extract together in a small bowl. Add to flour mixture and knead until just combined, adding a little more flour if too wet or a little more milk if too dry. Divide the dough into thirds; 2/3 will be for the bottom, save 1/3 for the top.

  3. Roll 2/3 the dough out onto a lightly floured surface into an 11x15-inch rectangle. Place dough into the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking pan, making sure it comes at least halfway up the sides.

  4. Combine pineapple and sugar in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, pour reserved pineapple juice into a bowl and add cornstarch; stir until dissolved. Add to the saucepan and stir until thickened, about 5 minutes more. Remove from heat and let filling cool in the refrigerator, about 15 minutes.

  5. Scrape filling onto the bottom dough in the baking pan and smooth out.

  6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  7. Roll remaining 1/3 dough out onto a lightly floured surface into a 9x13-inch rectangle. Roll the dough onto the rolling pin and unroll on top of the pineapple filling, making sure edges of the dough reach the edges of the pan.

  8. Combine flour and sugar in a small bowl. Add vanilla extract and cut in butter until coarse crumbs form. Sprinkle streusel topping over dough.

  9. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on a rack. Cut into 24 squares.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

168 Calories
8g Fat
22g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 168
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 28mg 9%
Sodium 97mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 34mg 3%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 46mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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