Coconut Lemon Bars

July 29, 2011

coconut lemon bars | une gamine dans la cuisine

Where did the month of July run off to? I'm certain that spring was just here a week ago and June left only yesterday, so I have no idea why August is banging rudely on the door as though it's just played a round of Fuzzy Duck.

If time passes this quickly in my early 30's, then by the time I'm 40, summer will be a mere whisp; a stolen glance at someone we wished we had spoken to years later. If only the short months of summer could last as long as the lengthy period between January and March. Yes, I am feeling a little angsty...everyone should from time to time. But if you're feeling particularly morose and in need of a pick-me-up, I have just the dessert to put an end to the wallowing. :-)

These little gems are full of love & happiness (i.e. lemons and coconut. Two of the best ingredients in the world). They're basically luscious lemon bars with coconut as a plucky sidekick. The crust is made with confectioners sugar, so it has a crumbly cookie texture that compliments the tart, sticky filling. I know the temperature may be beyond hot for some of you, but I promise that these are worth turning on the oven for. And, just like summer, they won't last very save a stash for yourself (preferably from the middle, which is always the best part of anything!).

coconut lemon bars | une gamine dans la cuisine

Coconut Lemon Bars (adapted from AllRecipes)

1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
1/2 cup of confectioners’ sugar
3/4 cup (that's 1 1/2 sticks) of cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
4 eggs, at room temperature
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1 1/2 of cups sugar
1/2 cup of lemon juice (if you're want to keep things fresh, that's about 4-6 lemons)
1 teaspoon of baking Powder
1 cup of flaked coconut (sweetened, or unsweetened)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9 x 13-inch pan with foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
In a medium size bowl, whisk together the flour and confectioners’ sugar. Using a pastry cutter, or the tips of your fingers, work the cold butter into the dry ingredients until coarse and crumbly.
Press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.
Bake for 15 minutes, or until the crust just begins to develop a light golden top.
As the crust is baking, prepare the filling. In a medium size mixing bowl, beat the eggs, salt, sugar, lemon juice and baking powder until well mixed.
Pour the liquid filling over the hot crust.
Sprinkle the coconut evenly over the entire surface.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
Cool completely on a wire rack before cutting into bars.

Makes about 25-30 bars (it all depends on how generous you are with your slicing)


  1. Those bars look fantastic and so luscious! That combo is delightful.



  2. I love this recipe, and it looks fantastic to boot.

  3. Oh my goodness! These look so good and lemon and coconut taste soooo good together. Beautiful shot :)

  4. Yup, I can confirm that once you turn 40, summer doesn't exist any more. (And winter is, indeed, endless.)
    Sorry to hear about your angst. Hope it passes as quickly as the summer.

  5. Hello there! Sorry I haven't visited your blog in a long's been so busy! I hope you are doing well :-) I haven't blogged in such a long time but I'm back now with a brand new blog!

    Your coconut lemon bars look delicious! Beautiful pictures as always :-)

  6. These would definitely brighten my day!

  7. Lemon and coconut really ARE 2 of the best things in the world (i have an unhealthy addiction to both i fear) so these look just...perfect! I will definitely make these at some point, really gorgeous recipe

  8. I'm making it now. Can't wait to try them.

    One thing, though. The recipe calls for salt but doesn't specify where to use it. I put it in the filling. Hope that's what was intended.

  9. Hi, Andrew
    I'm so sorry about that! Yes, the salt does go into the filling...good call. :D

    I hope the recipe was a success!

  10. These look so refreshing! I'm so gonna try these for our next picnic. Coconut is my absolute favorite so I've gotta try them!

  11. Thank you for the recipe. It turned out great!


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♥ Valerie


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