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Coconut-pineapple Bars

Author/Submitted by: Jo Anne Merrill
Servings: 36
Categories: Cookies / Desserts

1/2  cup  margarine, not diet
3/4  cup  sugar
1 1/4  cups  all-purpose flour
1 1/4  pounds  crushed pineapple
1  large  egg
1  tablespoon  margarine
1/2  teaspoon  vanilla extract
3 1/2  ounces  dried coconut

1. Combine 1/2 cup softened margarine and 1/4 cup sugar in a small bowl. Beat with an electric mixer set on medium speed until mixture is light and fluffy. Gradually beat in flour to form a soft dough. 2. Press dough evenly on bottom and 1/2 inch up sides of 9 x 9 x 1-3/4 inch ungreased pan. Bake in preheated 350-degree oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool. 3. Drain pineapple VERY thoroughly. Spread pineapple over crust. 4. Add rest of sugar to egg; beat until just blended. Add 1 tablespoon melted margarine, vanilla and coconut. Spread mixture over pineapple. Bake 20 minutes longer, or until top is golden brown. Cool, then cut into 1-1/2 inch squares. Yield: about 3 dozen.

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