Coconut Lemon Bars

I am in love. No, really, truly in love. I love coconut and lemon so combining the two was bound to make me a happy woman. My daughter’s school had a parent night to meet the teachers and principal as well as tour the school. Our friends offered to babysit so I (and my kids) made a thank you treat for them. Of course, I had to try them to make sure they were good enough to give to our friends (lucky me). I loved the texture and flavor of the coconut crust. It was chewy and sweet and so perfect with the tart lemon on top. This is my new favorite way to make lemon bars. If you like lemon and coconut then you must try this recipe…you will not be disappointed.


Crust:

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of powder sugar
  • 1/2 cup of sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 stick of cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat the 8 inch baking pan with cooking spray. To make crust combine flour, powder sugar and salt in a bowl. Add butter pieces, vanilla and coconut then mix with hands until crumbly. Press evenly into the bottom of your baking pan. Bake until lightly golden, about 18-20 minutes. Set crust aside.

Filling:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 2 tbsp of flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp lemon zest, diced finely
  • 1/3 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Sweetened shredded coconut for garnish

To make filling whisk together eggs, sugar, flour and salt. Add lemon zest and juice and mix until combined thoroughly. Pour over hot crust. Bake 15-18 minutes or until filling is set. Cool completely before sprinkling with shredded coconut. Enjoy.



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33 Responses to “Coconut Lemon Bars”

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    ~Priscilla~ — September 19, 2008 @ 5:03 am

    yummy, those look so good! i love lemon bars!

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    recipes2share — September 19, 2008 @ 5:50 am

    These look fab, I love anything with lemon!

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    Paula — September 19, 2008 @ 6:26 am

    How do you do it? How do you crank out these amazing recipes? I have never had these two flavors combined before, and I’m wondering why. Combining the lemon and coconut is genius! LOVE this recipe.

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    Dhanggit — September 19, 2008 @ 7:58 am

    lemon bars with coconut, hmmmm that is so mouth-watering! love it

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    Katherine Aucoin — September 19, 2008 @ 11:33 am

    These look so perfect and you can’t go wrong with lemon and coconut!

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    hot garlic — September 19, 2008 @ 11:48 am

    I’ve seen Lemon Bars, and even coconut bars, but putting the two together is just sheer genius!

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    Girl Japan — September 19, 2008 @ 12:07 pm

    You and be both.. I love lemon, and anything coconut.. as nutty as I am for anything coconut I bought Hawaiian Tropic as a PERFUME just so I could smell myself.. okay..off topic..

    These delish desserts are comfort food for me and one I love and as I am sure they will be a staple in your home with your kiddies too = )

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    Cheryl — September 19, 2008 @ 1:50 pm

    I am definately going to make these! They look amazing!

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    Kelly — September 19, 2008 @ 2:41 pm

    Mmmm! I’m going to make a pan of these, and a pan using key lime zest and juice. Call me a pig, but really…

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    Marjie — September 19, 2008 @ 2:57 pm

    I see! A twist on lemon bars! I really love the looks of this, although I think I’m the only coconut fan in my household. Wait, maybe I should make a pan of these, and be ever so sad when I simply must eat all of them by myself….

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    Maria — September 19, 2008 @ 4:48 pm

    I do love lemon and coconut! Glad you paired them together. These bars look like a great dessert!

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    natalie — September 19, 2008 @ 7:03 pm

    ohhh yum! i love lemon bars- never thought to add coconut!

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    Deborah — September 19, 2008 @ 7:03 pm

    I, too, love lemon and coconut, and I don’t think you could go wrong with this recipe!

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    The Blonde Duck — September 19, 2008 @ 7:50 pm

    I feel the same way when I eat peanut butter pie.

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    Jan — September 19, 2008 @ 10:13 pm

    I love anything lemony, and adding coconut just makes them doubly scrummy.

    If I had made these I doubt there would have been any left for the baby sitters.

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    MaryBeth — September 20, 2008 @ 12:05 am

    I love lemon bars but I have never had them with coconut, they look yummy.

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    Jason — September 20, 2008 @ 4:58 am

    I’m dying right now…lemon bars are one of my favorite things and these look absolutly delicious! It’s funny though, I have never made them. I think this recipe might be the key.

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    Grace — September 20, 2008 @ 9:44 am

    does your husband know about this love affair?? :)
    seriously pam, these are terrific. i’ll get on board with anything involving coconut. :)

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    Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer — September 20, 2008 @ 3:24 pm

    Ok – Now I am in love too!! Lemon bars are soooooo amazing and your added touch of coconut really puts them over the top!! Looks incredible.

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    mikky — September 20, 2008 @ 5:50 pm

    great idea… must taste so good too… :)

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    Susan Echaore-McDavid — September 20, 2008 @ 9:32 pm

    Thank you! I’m printing out your recipe and will go out and buy some coconut now. :-)

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    ~Priscilla~ — September 21, 2008 @ 1:15 am

    hi pam, i made your baked chimichangas and we loved them! they were so good, and will be made again. my Dad asked me if i will be making this again, of course i said “yes”! thanks!

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    Syrie — September 21, 2008 @ 2:09 am

    I LOVE these slices and will definitely be trying out your recipe. I had these treats in Canada for the first time about 4 years ago. They are amazing!

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    Jenny — September 21, 2008 @ 5:42 am

    Oh, they are so pretty! I adore lemon bars and what a great way to make them even better by sprinkling with coconut!

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    Lisa — September 21, 2008 @ 9:44 pm

    Coconut adds a nice twist to regular lemon bars.

    I made your zucchini sticks with some chnages and I am blogging about them today.

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    Jane — September 22, 2008 @ 2:20 am

    These lemon bars look great!

    I made your meatball sandwich last week. Oh my goodness…it was delicious! Can I put it on my blog? I will of course link back to you.
    Thanks!

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    karuna — September 22, 2008 @ 2:34 am

    these look so good. i too love anything with coconut.

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    Aggie — September 22, 2008 @ 3:25 am

    Hi Pam! I made these today and they are delish! I packaged them up for my son’s teacher’s bday tomorrow…they are soooo good! Great recipe, will definitely make them again!

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    Usha — September 22, 2008 @ 2:57 pm

    Your lemon bars look wonderful :)

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    Nina Timm — September 22, 2008 @ 3:11 pm

    Mmmmm, coconut, lemon all in one treat.I think I’m in love!!!1

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    Liz Stambaugh — September 22, 2008 @ 3:19 pm

    I don’t even like coconut, but i thnk I may have to try these

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    Aggie — September 23, 2008 @ 12:01 am

    I can’t believe this is my third comment on this post…lol! I hope you don’t mind but I am going to link this recipe in my post tonight. They were sooooooo good! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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    Anonymous — October 8, 2008 @ 8:27 pm

    i never comment, but i had to say that i tried your recipe and it was AWESOME! my husband is a huge fan of lemon bars and he loved these – thanks for the great recipe!

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