CNYEats A Taste of Utica Pineapple (and cherry) Squares

by Joanne on December 16, 2012

This week we should have baked up a local favorite cookie called Almond Paste Cookies posted by Angela and found on page 197 of our book A Taste of Utica, but I posted a similar recipe before

almond paste cookie

So this week I made Pineapple Squares instead.  From Marie Carbone and posted by Rainie Piccione. Page 198 of A Taste of Utica.

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This recipe was really confusing. There was vanilla to add in the directions but no vanilla listed in the ingredients.  Eggs were listed twice in the ingredients but only 2 were used in the directions.  It was very confusing and when I’m confused by a recipe, I throw my arms in the air and say “Oh What the HEY!”  I fly by the seat of my pants and see what happens.

This is what happened.

  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 cup Butter (Crisco is used in the book)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream or 1/2 cup condensed milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 cans pineapple pie filling *I used 1 can pineapple, drained with juice reserved for another use and 1 can of Lite cherry pie filling

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Preheat the oven to 350 F. Prepare a 9 x 13 pan with non stick baking spray.

Mix flour, butter, baking powder, and salt.  In another bowl, mix baking soda, 2 eggs, sugar, sour cream, and vanilla.   Add flour mixture to egg mixture.   Refrigerate. Roll out onto a cookie sheet and bake for 25 minutes. Spread with pineapple filling and return to oven for another 15 minutes. *Note:  My squares took a lot longer to cook. Make sure they are set in the middle.  I baked the bottom for 25 minutes, added the topping then took another 45 – 55 minutes to bake through.

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The adjustments made turned out TERRIFIC!.  This is a really good dessert, not to be made as a last minute thought, but well worth the effort.

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Other than pies, what is your favorite recipe using a fruit pie filling?

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