I have a friend whose mom had a great recipe for pineapple cookies when he was a kid and I told him to get it from her and I would make them. He did and I baked them. They tasted just how he remembered them, which was very good. I loved the flavor as well. However, they are way too cakey for me and not chewy at all; they're more like a muffin than a cookie. I made them again and added some other ingredients that I thought would make them more chewy and crunchy. It did, but it got rid of most of the pineapple taste. :-( So I tried a different recipe, which was almost the same except it had ingredients that I thought would flatten it out more, such as butter instead of shortening and more pineapple, and the baking soda and baking powder amounts were the opposite, but it was also too muffin-like. Here's my question: is canned (crushed) pineapple the cause of the cookies rising like muffins? Because I was even considering going to one of my trusty cookie recipes and switching out the chocolate chips for the pineapple and seeing if they would just have the great pineapple flavor but not be so muffin-like. Please Help!!! I don't want to throw out any more batter/dough.