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Pineapple Cookies

by Lori on July 13th, 2011

The perfect recipe for a summer celebration includes: 1) sunshine, 2) friends or family and 3) pineapple cookies. These cookies are bright and warm, like the summer sun.

The Story

We celebrated Father’s Day with Ken’s dad and grandfather a bit late this year. They happened to be out of town on Father’s Day. When we did get together to celebrate a couple of weeks later, I was short on ideas for the perfect gift.

Whenever I run out of gift ideas, I give homemade cookies. For my dad’s birthday, I gave him a batch of chocolate cherry chip cookies because his favorite candy is chocolate covered cherries. For Father’s Day, I gave Ken’s dad Brazilian coffee cookies because he loves coffee. I gave his grandfather these pineapple cookies because, as you probably guessed, he loves pineapple.

We got together at Ken’s parents’ house to celebrate. His mom made the most incredible peach cobbler. It was more like a pie than cobbler, with a flaky, pie-like crust on top. I brought these pineapple cookies. They were more like little cakes than cookies, with a moist and cake-like texture. While the cookies paled in comparison to the cobbler, I still think they were good. Ken’s grandfather enjoyed them anyway.

The Moral of the Story

The best gifts really are homemade.

About the Recipe

This pineapple cookie recipe came from Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book.

The Cast of Characters

The spotlight is on the pineapple in this performance.

The Play-by-Play

If you are using a fresh pineapple, you’ll need to cut it up. First, cut off the top.

Then cut off the bottom.

Slice the pineapple into two halves lengthwise.

Next, cut it into quarters.

Cut off the cores.

Remove the outer shell.

Cut the pineapple into chunks.

Then dice into small pieces.

Now, start making the cookie dough. Blend together shortening, sugar and eggs.

Mix in the diced pineapple.

In another bowl, mix together your dry ingredients.

Blend the dry ingredients into your batter.

Add a little shredded coconut if you have it.

Wrap the dough in saran wrap and chill it for a few hours.

Once chilled, scoop the dough into balls onto a cookie sheet.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until golden brown.

Let them cool on the cookie sheet for 2 minutes, and then remove them.

Place them on a rack to cool completely.

Then enjoy! They go well with candy pineapple too.

Recipe: Pineapple Cookies

Summary: A moist, cake-like cookie with pineapple and coconut

For the compete recipe, see the Betty Crocker Cooky Book.

Preparation time: 30 minute(s) to prepare dough and 2 hours to chill

Baking time: 10 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 24 cookies

Rating :  ★★★★★ 1 review(s)

The Footnotes

  • About the batter: It is more like cake batter than cookie dough. I might try making it into cupcakes next time.
  • About the pineapple: You could use canned pineapple, but I think the fresh pineapple gives the cookies a great fresh flavor.

Additional Resources

Here are a few other recipes using pineapple you may want to try too.

  • Pineapple Cookies from With Style and Grace: This recipe looks similar to the one I made, but with the addition of cinnamon sugar on top. Yum!
  • Pineapple Coconut Cupcakes from Cate’s World Kitchen: If I try pineapple cupcakes next time, I’ll try these. The frosting looks fabulous, with powdered sugar and coconut milk!
  • Pineapple Coconut Muffins from And Now for Something Completely Delicious: For a healthier and tasty alternative, these muffins look amazing.

You could also try Pineapple Upside Down Skillet Cake from Girl Meets Oven.

Do you have a favorite recipe that uses pineapple?

  1. Seattle is a little lacking in the sunshine department right now but I do have friends and family and I am so hoping to have these cookies really, really soon! I love that you used fresh pineapple.

    • Hope you see a little sun soon in Seattle. At least there are friends, family and cookies to brighten your day in the meantime. We almost have too much sun this week in Iowa – with 90 degree temps too. Think I need a cold glass of lemonade with my next cookie. :)

  2. You are so right. Homemade gifts are always best! I love that you adjusted your cookies based on what each person enjoyed. That’s very thoughtful! These look delicious!!

    • Thanks so much! The fun part was thinking of different recipes different people might like – and the tasting part was fun too. :)

  3. Fresh pineapple in crumbly cookies…that sounds just too delicious to miss!

    • Thanks! Your spelt cookies look delicious too. I love that they have chocolate and cranberries, which happen to be two flavors I absolutely love!

  4. I love the idea of pineapple cookies and these look perfect and flavorful.

    • Thanks! Now I just wish I had one of your fabulous homemade ice creams to go with them. :)

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