Cheryl’s Easy Pineapple Cookies!

Cheryl’s Pineapple Cookie Recipe from Betty Crocker

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I don’t know where my mom, Cheryl, got the recipe for these Pineapple Cookies, but I remember having them quite a few times growing up. I even remember making them as a gift for my dad a couple of times as they were his favorite cookies. I’m sure my mom didn’t add the nutmeg the recipe calls for either, but I am all about spice these days and the mild nutmeg doesn’t overpower the pineapple. So add the nutmeg, people! Or not. Whichever you prefer.

(In searching through our old recipe cards and cookbooks, I believe that my mom found this recipe in her 1956 edition of the Betty Crocker Cookbook. I found it on eBay if you’re interested. This is an affiliate link and the price is the same for you.)

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I made these for some nice Virginia Tech student volunteers from the VT Big Event who came to our house today to clear away tree branches and gravel and all the mess that winter and spring storms left in our yard surrounded by woods. I was going to make Oatmeal cookies but for the first time in probably twenty years, I am completely out of oatmeal! I’m glad that the idea for Pineapple Cookies popped into my head. It was the perfect answer. Since I was thinking to serve hot cocoa, I wanted to offer cookies without chocolate for some contrast.

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This is a classic cookie recipe and you can tell that it is from what I’ll call the “shortening era”. They have shortening in them and next time I make them, I’m really going to try to substitute unsalted butter. If you try making them with butter, please let me know how they turn out.

So first you cream the shortening, sugar and eggs. It’s super easy to make in my stand mixer with the paddle, but I’ve always used a hand mixer in years gone by.

Then gently add in the crushed pineapple. I didn’t read the recipe right and I drained the pineapple. It turned out fine and the cookies were still moist. I think you could add a little more of the pineapple, actually, and the liquid would have added to the pineapple flavor.

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In a separate bowl, mix together the remaining ingredients. You really don’t have to sift the ingredients, but be sure to mix them well. I mix the nuts right in with the dry ingredients.

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Once mixed, add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix just until blended.

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Now place them on a baking sheet about 2 inches apart and bake. They don’t spread out a lot, but they do expand.

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The recipe says to bake them at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Since I have a convection oven that I’m still getting used to, I baked the first batch at 375 degrees, but the cookies got brown fast. The rest I baked at 350 degrees and that worked okay, but they did take a little longer to bake.  Because these are moist cookies, they need time to bake inside before browning too much outside.  The cookies on the right below are the first batch.

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I hope you enjoy these simple pineapple cookies! I think they would be delicious with some cinnamon in them, but since I tend to put cinnamon in everything, I resisted the temptation this time. So I ate mine with cinnamon tea! 😉

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Cheryl’s Pineapple Cookies

These are fun to make for something different–a great change from oatmeal and chocolate chip. They would be great for tea! Per Serving: 134 Calories; 5g Fat (34.9% calories from fat); 2g Protein; 21g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 4mg Cholesterol; 24mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1/2 Grain(Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 1/2 Fruit; 1 Fat; 1/2 Other Carbohydrates.
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword Cookies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 48
Calories 108kcal
Author Carmen @


  • Mixer, bowl, spoon, sheet pans, small spatula


Cream together:

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 9 ounce can crushed pineapple with juice 1 cup

Sift or mix together in a separate bowl:

  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Add nuts to flour mixture, then mix all into the sugar mixture:

  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts


  • Mix shortening, sugar and egg. Stir in pineapple. Sift together and stir in: flour, soda, salt and nutmeg. Stir in nuts. Chill at least 1 hour. 
  • Drop rounded teaspoonfuls about 2 inches apart on lightly greased baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until, when touched lightly with finger, no imprint remains.


The nutmeg and nuts are optional, but help to give it a unique flavor that pairs well with the pineapple. 
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40 thoughts on “Cheryl’s Easy Pineapple Cookies!”

  • This look delicious! Thank you for being so detailed with your pictures :). I need pictures when I cook lol! I will give these a try.

    • Haha. Glad you like the photos!

  • I can’t believe I’ve never heard of or thought about pineapple cookies until now! They sound amazing!

    • Yes! It’s something unique to take with you!

  • My grandmother had a recipe similar to this one. I’m going to have to pull it out and see if it’s the same one! My dad loved these cookies.

    • Pineapple cookies must have been a “thing” way back when. 🙂 Time to revive them!

  • 5 stars

    The recipe sound great and easy to follow. I love baking and trying new things, I definitely have never had a pineapple cookie. Once back from our extended family vacation through the Blue ridge Mountains I will make these!!!

    Thanks for a great new tastebud idea!!

    • Ooo, where are you now? That’s where I live!

  • You had me at easy 🙂 these look delicious! can’t wait to try them myself

    • And it’s nice that I usually have these ingredients on hand. They’re easy to throw together.

  • 5 stars
    Looks delicious! I can’t wait to try some. I have the 50’s Betty Crock cookbook it’s my favorite.

    • Old cookbooks are my favorite!

  • Oh my goodness, I think I still have my Mom’s copy of that cook book! This sounds like a yummy recipe to try.

    • They’re worth money these days! Hold onto it!

  • These look amazing! I love pineapple cookies, my family used to make a pineapple cookie when I was growing up. I haven’t made it in years. Maybe nows the time!

  • I’ve never seen pineapple cookies before, but I need to try them. I’ll have to find some subs, as we are plant based and can’t do the egg or shortening… hmmmmmm….

    • Message me if you make a plant-based alternative. I’d love to try it.

  • 5 stars
    So delicious! I had never had pineapple cookies before! Love this recipe!

  • These look so good! Your pictures are awesome, too. My mom used to make pineapple cookies. I can almost smell them now. I may have to make these this weekend.

    • Mmmm. Yes you should!

  • I can’t believe I’ve never heard of pineapple cookies before! They sound really good and I just happen to have a can of crushed pineapple in my pantry!

    • That’s one thing I like about them. They’re different and yummy!

  • These look sooo delicious!!

  • They look really yummy, I love that they have pineapple in them! Gotta love Betty Crocker!

    • Can’t go wrong with an old Betty Crocker cookbook. 🙂

  • I have a similar recipe that doesn’t have nuts but calls for one maraschino cherry to be placed in the middle of the cookie, I think as a play on pineapple upside down cake. They are soo good, I will have to try this recipe as well because I love pineapple.

    • What a great idea. I was thinking it needed something to dress it up a bit.

    • They’re a yummy pineapple treat!

  • Ah! I love pineapple. And I just became allergic to it. Stinky. These look so good!

    • Oh, no! I wonder if these would work with another type of canned fruit…?

  • I have never thought to put pineapple in cookies! Gotta try this!

    • Yes, you gotta’! 🙂

  • These look so delicious and your photo tutorial is great! I love pineapple and have done cookies with a pineapple filling. These look so much easier. will have to try them.

    • I was just discussing with my mother that these would be good with even more pecans. Next time… 🙂

      • Tonia Cain says:

        Can these be frozen to be used a few weeks later?

        • Absolutely! These are soft cookies, so you might want to separate them with wax paper and place them plastic container or tin to freeze.

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