If you love pineapple (and/or lemon bars), you are sure to love this super easy pineapple bars recipe! Canned pineapple works in a pinch, but cut up half of a whole fresh pineapple and get ready to be hooked for life on this sweet and tangy treat!!
½pineapple(fresh, finely sliced or 1 16 oz can of crushed pineapple)
2tablespoonhalf-and-half(use more as needed)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease your 9 x 13 baking pan with butter or use non-stick cooking spray.
Pastry Crust & Crumble Topping
For the crust/topping: in a large mixing bowl or stand mixer bowl add flour, sugar, salt and cubed butter. Use a pastry cutter if using a mixing bowl, or using your stand mixer, combine until crumbly.
Reserve 1 cup of the crust/topping crumbles to use as the topping later. Transfer the rest of the crust mix to your 9 x 13 pan and cover the bottom of the pan completely, pressing the crust mixture down to make an even base layer.
Bake the crust for 15 minutes in preheated oven. While the crust is baking, start on the filling.
In a large bowl or your stand mixer bowl, combine beaten eggs, sugar, sour cream, salt, flour and pineapple. Stir gently to combine.
After the crust has baked for 15 minutes, allow to cool for a few minutes then spoon the filling over the crust layer. Crumble the reserved 1 cup of the crust mixture over the filling layer and bake for 1 hour or until golden (lightly).
Allow baked pineapple bars to cool for 15 minutes on a cooling rack.
While cooling, mix up the coconut icing: in a small bowl, combine confectioners sugar, half-and-half and coconut extract.
Stir until the icing is smooth and thick enough to slowly drizzle over the pineapple bars (add more confectioners sugar if needed, to thicken - conversely, add more half-and-half if the icing is too thick).
Drizzle the icing over your pan of cooled pineapple bars, cut into squares and serve.
For even more coconut and tropical flavor, add coconut shavings (toasted or not) to the top before or after the icing is drizzled on the pineapple bars.