Friday, February 28, 2014

Pineapple Drop Cookies: February Mystery Dish

Pineapple Drop Cookies are an old-fashioned, wonderful dessert that I think you'll really enjoy!  A soft, moist, cake-like cookie subtly flavored with crushed pineapple is frosted with whipped cream cheese icing and topped with chopped macadamia nuts.  Perfection! 

I always love this time of the month when I get to share the incredible talent of our Mystery Dish group with you!  This time, I had the wonderful opportunity to host, which meant I chose the ingredients!  I honestly didn't know what I was going to make when I announced the selections, but I knew it was hard to go wrong with these options.  :)

Here are the yummy choices (participants were asked to use at least two): 

Fresh mushrooms
Cream Cheese
Butterscotch Chips
Macadamia Nuts
Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce
Ritz Crackers

I was able to incorporate three of the required ingredients.  These cookies are unique from many in that you literally "drop" them onto the cookie sheet. Thus the title. The batter is not runny, but it's not thick enough to shape into a ball.  The result is a "mini cake", as my husband described them.  What is cake without frosting?  And cream cheese, nonetheless.  These cookies are a winner in my book!

The macadamia nuts lend a fun occasional crunch with a wonderful flavor as well.  The pineapple taste is not very pronounced, yet the juices contribute to the incredible moistness of the cookie.  The simple taste of the cookie base is perfectly offset by the rich cream cheese icing.  Although half of my family enjoyed them without icing!


1 c. shortening
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 c. sugar
3 eggs
1 can (20 oz.) crushed pineapple, undrained
1/2 c. hot water to which 1 tsp. baking soda has been added
4 c. flour
3/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 c. chopped macadamia nuts

Cream together shortening, vanilla, sugar, and eggs.  Add hot soda water and mix until incorporated.  Mix in crushed pineapple.  Stir together flour salt, baking powder, and nuts in a separate bowl.  Add flour mixture to wet mixture and mix until incorporated.  Drop by the spoonfuls onto lightly greased cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-20 minutes (I did 15).  Once cool, store in an air-tight container and they'll get really moist!

Cream Cheese Frosting:
1 block (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1/2 c. butter, softened
4 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix all ingredients together in the bowl of an electric mixer until a very creamy, whipped consistency is achieved.  Frost cookies, and sprinkle with additional macadamia nuts, if desired.  Store in an air-tight container in layers, separated by wax or parchment paper. 

These cookies will take you back in the years to the good 'ol days!  I remember my Grandma serving us cookies like this when we used to visit her.  They're unique and simply timeless!

I hope you enjoy them as much as we did!


Check out the tasty creations of my fellow Mystery Dishers!

1. Grilled Pineapple with Nutella and Macadamia Nuts by Joyful Healthy Eats
2. Hummingbird Cake by Baking a Moment
3. Three-Cheese Spinach Squares by The Well Floured Kitchen
4. Easy Pesto Pita Bread Pizzas by Yummy Healthy Easy
5. Minty Pea Prosciutto Toast by Chez CateyLou
6. Pina Colada Cheesecake by Blahnik Baker
7. Chocolate Banana Cheesecake Chimichangas by Culinary Couture
8. Pork with Pineapple Fried Rice by I Want Crazy
9. Tropical Green Smoothie by The Dessert Chronicles
10. Spicy Chicken, Spinach and Corn Enchiladas by The Pajama Chef
11. Pineapple Drop Cookies by I Dig Pinterest

Here's my Mystery Dish creations from past months:

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  1. Wow! Christine, these sound awesome. I am a huge fan of pineapple cake so I know that these will be a winner especially with the cream cheese topping and macadamia nuts topping. YUM! Pinned. :) Thanks for hosting this month, too fun!

    Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

  2. Nothing I like better than a soft, moist cookie!!! These look amazing, Christine! I can't wait to try them! Thanks for hosting the Mystery Dish this month!

  3. Your cookies look wonderful. One question for clarification: Do you mix in the pineapple with the wet ingredients? And, do you drain the pineapple first or just dump in the whole can? Thanks!

    1. Oh sorry! I'll fix that in the instructions. I mixed the pineapple, undrained, in with the wet ingredients.

  4. I'm intrigued. I've never heard of pineapple being used in cookies before! Or if I have I clearly wasn't paying attention (there probably weren't any pictures involved to convince me it was a good idea). Challenge accepted! I must attempt these.

    1. So good to hear from you Danielle! Glad you're going to try these. I hope you like them!

  5. I love these cookies!! I am a huge fan of pineapples and knew I had to use them as soon as I saw your list of ingredients. Perfect perfect cookies for the winter. Thank you for a great list of ingredients this month :)

  6. Look at all the ways everyone used pineapple this month! I have a lot of recipes to bookmark, but I'll be starting with this one because you know I love me some cookies!

  7. I used to make a similar cookie around Christmastime, only it was made with ricotta. They were so yummy, but yours sound even better with the pineapple, cream cheese, and macadamias! Love your use of the ingredients, and thank you so much for hosting this month!!!

  8. Christine, these cookies look SO good! I have never had a pineapple cookie before but I love pineapple so I need to try these! Thanks for sharing, pinned :)

  9. Those look amazing! Nice job! One of these days I will get around to trying them.

  10. Oh wow those do look delicious! I'm going to have to try these out. My husband loves (and I mean LOVES) pineapple anything.

  11. I want these in my stomach RIGHT NOW!!!!! They look sooooo delicious! and that cream cheese frosting topped with nuts; stole my heart!!!!!! <3

  12. Stopping by from Too Much Time and I LOVE pineapple cookies, and I am definitely trying yours. Carrie, A Mother's Shadow

  13. These look amazing Christine, stopping in from Show Stopper Saturday :)

  14. love recipes that have hot water with soda mixed in...reminds me of my grandma. so timeless! these cookies sound amazing :)

  15. Christine, these sound awesome! You are so great!

  16. Ooooh, these cookies sound terrific. Especially those crunchy macadamias! Thanks for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.

  17. Yum! Thank you for linking up at Tasty Tuesdays! Your post has been pinned to my Recipes from Tasty Tuesday board. I can't wait to see what you link up next week!
    Have a terrific weekend!

  18. Christine, These look heavenly. What a delicious combo of flavors. I'm featuring this post on Best of the Weekend party. Party is live tonight at 7pm central time. Thanks for linking up!! Nichi

  19. Pineapple is such a weakness to me, I cant get enough, so when I read it combined with cookies... well I got a big smile on my face! Major yum!


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