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The Polynesian Cultural Center is a must to experience while in Oahu. It was so fun to experience all of the different cultures of Hawaii. The best part was the luau. They served these delicious cookie pineapple dessert bars. I wanted to recreate them but I added a little twist. Cheesecake. I almost titled these Better than Hawaii Dessert bars. All of the delicious flavors of Hawaii in one delicious bite. Pineapple, macadamia nuts, and coconut. These became one of my favorite dessert bars. But lets be honest… nothing is better than Hawaii!

Pineapple cheesecke dessert bars in a stack.

At the luau, they put on an amazing performance! It was so much fun and the food was amazing. Later that night we went to their fire night show. Everything was incredible about our experience at the PCC!

Pic collage of a Luau in Hawaii, dancing, smiling, great food!

Now let’s talk about how amazing these bars turned out. A shortbread cookie crust layer on the bottom. A delicious and creamy cheesecake combined with macadamia nuts, white chocolate chips, pineapple and coconut. Top it off with some toasted coconut and your mind will be blown. Take a bite, close your eyes, and pretend that you are in Hawaii!

Hawaiian cheesecake bars in a stack


More amazing recipes from Hawaii Week:

Chili Macadamia Crusted Tilapia

Dole Pineapple Whips

Hawaiian Style Garlic Shrimp

Slow Cooker Kalua Pulled Pork

Hawaiian Hamburger Steaks

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Pineapple Cheesecake Dessert Bars

4 from 1 vote
By: Alyssa Rivers
Delicious and creamy pineapple cheesecake bars give you the perfect taste of Hawaii!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 16 Bars



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x13 with aluminum foil or parchment paper and lightly spray with cooking spray.
  • Combine flour, 1/4 cup sugar, and butter until crumbly. Press into the bottom of your prepared 9x13 pan until it is about 1/8 inch thick. Bake the crust for 10-15 minutes or until edges are lightly golden brown.
  • Mix cream cheese and 1 cup powdered sugar until frosting consistency. Add egg, 1/4 cup sugar, crushed pineapple, coconut, and vanilla extract and mix thoroughly. Fold in 1/4 cup white chocolate chips, and 1/4 cup macadamia nuts.
  • Pour the batter on top of the crust and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes or until set and edges are lightly brown.
  • Remove from the oven and sprinkle with 1/4 cup white chocolate chips and 1/4 cup macadamia nuts. Garnish with toasted coconut if desired. Let bars cool for an hour before cutting and store in the refrigerator.


Calories: 282kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 3gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 57mgPotassium: 99mgFiber: 1gSugar: 20gVitamin A: 390IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 37mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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  1. This is absolutely amazing! My favorite dessert ever. However, it is a little sweet. Can I omit the sugar in the crust, and the additional granulated sugar in the filling?

    1. You will want to keep them in the refrigerator when not eating them. Otherwise they would last about the same day or maybe two days. It has too many dairy products that need to be kept cool. Hope you enjoy your bars. They are so good! Thanks so much for following along with me! XOXO

  2. I am looking for instant cheesecake pudding mix.I know its not made by kraft foods because I checked..Do you know who makes it I would really llike to taste it, and I have a few recipes that call for it in the ingredients, I know that I can use vanilla, however I would like to try this one.