Beth Whitman’s Pineapple Brownies Recipe

PINEAPPLE BROWNIES are the favorite recipe of Beth Whitman, which she bakes continually in my novels, THE QUEEN CITY and SUPERIOR HERITAGE. The recipe was actually the winner in a 1950s Pillsbury Bake Off Contest. This is the actual page of my grandmother’s Pillsbury Cook Book. Note, my grandma always used a full can of crushed pineapple. They are my all-time favorite! Enjoy! — Tyler R. Tichelaar


Senior Winner by Josephine Demarco, Chicago, Illinois

Chewy and rich chocolate squares chock full of nuts, with a surprise layer of crushed pineapple.

BAKE at 375 degrees F. for 45 to 50 minutes.  MAKES about 2 ½ dozen bars.

Sift together… 1 ½ cups sifted Pillsbury’s Best Enriched Flour

                        1 teaspoon Calumet Baking Powder

                        ½ teaspoon salt

                        ½ teaspoon French’s Cinnamon

Cream………. ¾ cup butter or margarine; add gradually

                        1 ½ cups sugar, creaming well.

Add………….3 eggs, one at a time, and

                        1 teaspoon French’s Vanilla. Beat well.

Blend in……….dry ingredients; mix thoroughly.

Place………….one cup of the dough in second bowl. Add

                        1 cup crushed pineapple, well drained; mix well.

Add…………..2 squares (2 oz.) chocolate [Grandma here said, or 1/3 cup cocoa]

melted and cooled, and ½ cup nuts, coarsely chopped, to balance of dough; mix well.

Spread………..approximately 1 ½ cups chocolate dough in well-greased

                        12x8x2-inch pan. Cover with pineapple dough. Drop

                        Remaining chocolate dough by spoonfuls over pineapple

                        Dough; spread carefully to cover

Bake………….in moderate oven (375 degrees F) 45 to 50 minutes. Cut into

                        Bars or squares when cold.

* If you use Pillsbury’s Best Enriched Self-Rising Flour (sold in parts of the south) omit baking powder and salt.

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2 Comments on “Beth Whitman’s Pineapple Brownies Recipe”

  1. Marianne Says:

    OMG Tyler…. I googled this recipe and thought I was seeing things when I read “Beth Whitman’s Pineapple Brownies.” Thanks so much for posting this recipe! I’ve been in immersion mode all week with the books, and this is (no pun intended) the icing on the cake!

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