Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Lemon Coconut Bars


Spring is here and that means I crave something lemon, and then to add coconut..well that just is an added bonus. These bars are delicious and wake up your taste buds. Add this to your Easter menu, those lemon lovers will thank you!

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 3/4 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Juice of 2 large lemons
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 cup coconut
  1. Combine flour and icing sugar in a bowl. Add butter cubes and using a pastry blender cut in the butter until you have fine crumbs.
  2. Press the mixture evenly into a greased 9" x 13" pan.
  3. Bake at 350ยบ for 15 minutes.
  4. While the crust is baking, beat eggs, sugar, baking powder, lemon juice, and zest together until well combined and the mixture has turned a pale color. 
  5. Pour mixture on the crust, sprinkle coconut over the top and return to the oven to bake another 25 minutes until golden.
  6. Cool on cooling rack and cut into bars. Dust with icing sugar and serve.

17 comments:

  1. Hello Betty! Do you use sweetened or unsweetened coconut for this? Thanks!

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    1. Janina..I used sweetened coconut because that's what I had in my pantry, but I'm sure unsweetened would be just fine.

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  2. Oh - those look delicious!!! Perfect for the Easter Table indeed.

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  3. How colorful and the bars look delicious! Do these freeze well?

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    1. I'm sorry but I don't know if they freeze well. I gave some away and we are enjoying the rest, so no thoughts of the freezer here:)

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  4. Hi Betty, Marie here, do you think i could use bottled lemon juice to make those bars? They look so delicious!

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    1. Marie..I prefer fresh lemon juice but you can use bottled juice. The 2 large lemons I used yielded approx 1/2 cup juice.

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    2. Thank you Betty for your answer. (:

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  5. Betty --- just a thought here do you pour the lemon mixture on while the crust is still hot or cooled ?

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    1. Shirley..yes you pour the lemon mixture right on the hot crust and then return it to the oven to bake for another 25 minutes.

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    2. Thanks Betty :)---this is good to know--

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  6. Gorgeous :)

    Anna (Toronto)

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  7. Can you get similar results with margarine?

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    1. I think the results would be just fine using margarine instead of butter. I sometimes use margarine when a recipe calls for butter and it works great.

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  8. These sound delicious. I will try these.

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  9. This must be absolutely delicious!

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  10. I have had this recipe for years (my recipe is without the coconut), but I always have the same problem, every time I make them. I cannot get the lemon layer, to spread evenly. The result is some of the bars come out with perfect thickness and others are much too thin. I have tried various pans. Not sure what else to try.

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