Recipe courtesy of Colita Russ

Pineapple Cheesecake Bar

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 45 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Inactive: 1 hr
  • Cook: 30 min
  • Yield: 16 to 24 bars
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Ingredients

Crust:

1 1/3 cups all-purpose bleached flour

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick softened)

Batter:

8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

1 cup powdered sugar

1 large egg

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 cup crushed pineapple or 1 (8-ounce) can, drained

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup white chocolate chips

1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine flour, sugar, and butter until mixture is crumbly. Spread evenly into a 13 by 9-inch baking pan with raised sides. Press down until an 1/8 of an inch thick and bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
  2. Mix cream cheese and 1 cup powdered sugar until frosting texture. Add egg, sugar, crushed pineapple and vanilla extract, mix thoroughly. Fold 1/4 cup white chocolate chips and 1/4 cup chopped macadamia nuts reserving 1/4 cup of each. Bake for additional 15 to 20 minutes or until batter is set. Remove from oven, melt reserved white chocolate chips and drizzle on top and sprinkle with 1/4 cup reserved chopped macadamia nuts. Let stand for 1 hour and cut into bars.

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