As the weather warms up it’s time for backyard barbecues. It’s that time when I celebrate the backyard fun with friends and family with some delicious recipes. These tropical cheesecake bars are no exception. Besides, what says summer more than pineapple and coconut?!
If you’ve ever made a traditional cheesecake before, you know a water bath, or bain marie, may be involved. That’s not necessary with these tropical cheesecake bars. Plus, since there’s that delicious toasted coconut on top, there are no worries about cracks.
Pressing the crust into the pan is a bit of a challenge. Work it with your clean fingers to get it as even as possible. It will not be a thick crust.
Using an offset spatula, spread the pineapple cream cheese mixture over the crust. Once it’s even, sprinkle the coconut on top of the pineapple filling. Gently press the coconut into the filling. There will be some coconut that doesn’t stick and that’s OK. It’s a bit of a thick topping.
Whenever I serve this dish, it’s usually one of the first desserts to go at a potluck. If you have any leftovers you can refrigerate them.
Tropical Cheesecake Bars
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 sticks unsalted butter softened
Pineapple Cheesecake Filling
- 1 16 ounce cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 20 ounce crushed pineapple, well drained
Buttery Coconut Topping of Coconut
- 2 cups shredded sweetened coconut
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
- Combine the flour, sugar and butter until well mixed and crumbly. Press the mixture into the bottom of an ungreased 9x13 pan. Bake for 14-19 minutes until it starts to turn golden. Remove and let cool slightly.
- While the crust cools, beat the cream cheese until smooth and airy, then add the sugar, eggs and vanilla. Gently stir in the well drained pineapple. Spread over the baked crust.
- Combine the coconut and cooled melted butter. Sprinkle over the pineapple layer filling and gently press into filling. Cover the pan with aluminum foil.
- Bake for an additional 20 minutes. Remove the foil after 20 minutes. Bake an additional 20 - 25 minutes until the coconut begins to brown all over.
- Remove from oven and let cool completely before slicing. Store leftovers in refrigerators.