Tropical Dream Dessert Bars

Tropical Dream Dessert Bars from AmandasCookin.com @amandaformaro

If you like sweet fruity desserts, you’ll want to try these. They are made with tropical fruits and topped with orange zested confectioners’ glaze. Great for a luau party or a summer barbecue, one is probably enough to satisfy your sweet tooth. But, if you have more, I’ll never tell.

Tropical Dream Dessert Bars from AmandasCookin.com @amandaformaro

I made these with dried apricots, crushed pineapple and orange juice. I’m sure you could substitute other fruits and really make them your own!

Tropical Dream Dessert Bars from AmandasCookin.com @amandaformaro

Hint: Make sure these are allowed to sit so they don’t crumble when you pick them up. Let them cool completely, and you can firm them up in the refrigerator if you are in a hurry.


More Tropical Desserts

Tropical Chiffon Pie – Woman’s Day
Tropical Layered Dessert – Kraft
Tropical Sunshine Cake – Very Best Baking

Tropical Dream Dessert Bars

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Yield: 24 bars

Serving Size: 1 bar

Tropical Dream Dessert Bars


  • 2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • Tropical filling
  • 1 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup drained crushed pineapple
  • Glaze
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 2-3 tablespoons orange juice


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and line a 13x9 baking pan with foil so that foil hangs over the edge. Spray foil with cooking spray.
  2. For the Crust
  3. In bowl of your food processor, pulse to combine flour, powdered sugar and baking powder. Add butter all at once and process until coarse crumbs are formed, just as the dough begins to come together. Dump crumb mixture into prepared pan and press evenly. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes or until light golden brown. Let crust cool completely on wire rack.
  4. For the Filling
  5. Combine apricots and orange juice in a small bowl and set aside.
  6. Wipe out the food processor bowl and add all four eggs. Pulse to lightly beat the eggs. Add sugar and process for one minute. Add vanilla and pulse to combine. Add flour, baking powder and salt and pulse a few times to combine. Add apricot mixture and the pineapple and pulse quickly a few time, just to combine. Pour mixture over the cooled crust and spread. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until filling is set and edges are lightly browned.
  7. Remove from oven and place on cooling rack. Allow to cool completely in the pan. Cut into squares.
  8. For the Glaze
  9. Add melted butter, orange zest and one tablespoon of the orange juice to the powdered sugar. Stir to combine and add small amounts of remaining juice, as needed, until you reach a thick drizzling consistency. Drizzle over individual squares. Allow glaze to set before serving.

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14 Responses to Tropical Dream Dessert Bars

  1. 1
    Debbie says:

    This recipe looks excellent! Two quick questions: first, what size pan is used? 9×13? And second, by prepared, do you mean greased and floured or just greased? Thanks!

    • 1.1

      Oh thank you for pointing that out, not sure how I managed to leave that out. 13×9, and spray lightly with cooking spray! :)

    • 1.2

      Debbie, following up again, forgot to mention to line the pan with foil. I fixed the printable version, it should have included this, sorry about that!

      Preheat oven to 350 F and line a 13×9 baking pan with foil so that foil hangs over the edge. Spray foil with cooking spray.

  2. 2
    Sarah says:

    Wow, these look absolutely scrummy! I have a party next weekend and was searching for something fruity but sweet – these will be perfect. Thanks

  3. 3

    Love anything that sways with the tropics!

  4. 4

    These look so fruity and delicious. And I love the colorful photos! Great presentation!

  5. 5
  6. 6

    These look so delicious! I love citrus and pineapple I’ll have to try them!

  7. 7
    Sue McEndree says:

    These sound really good!! I think they’d be good with pineapple too! Thanks for the recipe, Amanda!

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