Pineapple Lemon Bars recipe -

Pineapple Lemon Bars

Classic lemon bars with a modern tropical twist.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword easy pineapple dessert bars, pineapple bars, pineapple bars healthy
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 16 bars
Calories 180kcal
Author Plating Pixels



  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup lemon cookie thins
  • ½ cup confectioners’ sugar plus extra for dusting
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter softened, cut into 1-inch pieces

Pineapple Lemon Filling

  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • cup fresh lemon juice 4-5 lemons
  • ¼ cup grated lemon zest
  • 6 tablespoons ¾ stick unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces
  • ¼ cup pineapple chunks without liquid if canned



  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Line bottom and sides of a 9x9 baking dish with parchment paper or foil.
  • In a food processor pulse flour, cookie thins and powdered sugar until fine. Pulse in salt and butter pieces until course, about 10 seconds. Evenly pat mixture into bottom of prepared dish and bake until set, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven.

Pineapple Lemon Filling

  • While crust is baking: In a medium nonreactive bowl lightly beat together eggs and yolks. Stir in sugar, lemon juice and zest until combined.
  • Pour into a nonreactive pan over medium-low heat and add butter. Stirring often, cook until mixture reaches 170° F. with an instant-read thermometer, about 5 minutes. Immediately strain through a fine mesh strainer over a bowl. Stir in pineapple chunks and pour over crust.
  • Bake 15-20 minutes, until filling is shiny and jiggles slightly in center. Let cool completely on a wire rack for at least 2 hours, or refrigerate to set, before cutting into squares.


If you can't find lemon thin cookies, regular vanilla wafers will work fine.
In order to not mess with a classic, I based this off of Cook's Illustrated tried and true recipe, but slightly updated.


Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 114mg | Sodium: 96mg | Potassium: 55mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 275IU | Vitamin C: 7.4mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 0.8mg