Guest Post: Coconut Lemon Squares

Hey guys – I’m taking a short break to take care of some stuff at home, so some of my favorite bloggers are stepping in and showing off here on MBA. I adore Shelly more than cupcakes, and that’s saying something. You’re going to love what she’s baked up for you! – Jamie

Hey MBA readers! I’m Shelly from Cookies and Cups. I’m major excited to be standing in over here for Jamie for the day.

I have been an honest to goodness blog stalker of My Baking Addiction for too long to admit and I am pretty darn excited to be here today!

Of course when I was trying to think of something to make for you guys I wanted to be all classy-like. Because over in my neck of the woods things can get a little low-brow… think caramel covered cookie dough on top of a peanut butter cup.

Ok, I didn’t really make that, but totally don’t steal my idea… I know what I am making later!

Anyway, so trying to channel my inner Jamie, I decided to make a simple classic, but with a twist.

I decided on Coconut Lemon Squares.

I love the combo of citrus and coconut, and these bars offer the perfect balance!

Even for those of you who swear they don’t like coconut, or the texture, blah blah you will like these.

I’m certain of it.

Hope you enjoy as much as I did!

Coconut Lemon Squares | Cookies and Cups

Coconut Lemon Squares


For the Crust

2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, divided
1 cup butter, room temperature

For the Filling

2 cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup milk
zest of one large lemon (about 1 tablespoon)
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 tablespoon flour
1 tablespoon cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut


1. Preheat oven to 350°F
2. Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray, set aside
3. Combine 2 cups flour, 1 cup powdered sugar and 1 cup butter in a large bowl. Using a pastry cutter combine the ingredients until they form a crumbly consistency.
4. Press into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake 15-20 minutes until lightly golden.
5. Meanwhile in another bowl combine all the filling ingredients.
6. Pour filling over the baked crust and bake for an additional 25-30 minutes until center is set.
7. When done, place on wire rack and cool for at least 30 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining powdered sugar and cut into bars.


- Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Adapted from Southern Living

36 Responses to “Guest Post: Coconut Lemon Squares”

  1. — January 17, 2013 at 10:24 am

    You had me a coconut. I am a coconut addict so drool over all things coconut.


  2. Heather — January 17, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    I AM one of those people who hate coconut! But, since these look fantastic, and since my dh is a HUGE coconut fan, I will have to try these. Thanks :)


  3. Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies — January 17, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    I NEED these in my life. It’s been so grey here lately, I’m craving all things citrus like whoa.


  4. Sarah B. — January 17, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    I am a HUGE fan of coconut and I want these! They look delicious. Will definitely be making these soon! :)


  5. Monique Prins — January 17, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    These look amazing, and I am definitely going to try them soon. I am crazy about lemon in baking and desserts, and I seem to have an ongoing obsession with coconut (it features in a lot of my cooking!). So these look and sound like heaven … you might be interested also in my blog post today “Lemon & Mascarpone Meringue Roll” covered in toasted coconut. Another heavenly lemony treat! Monique xx


  6. Julia {The Roasted Root} — January 17, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    Great guest post! I love lemon squares so I’m on my way to check out the recipe now!


  7. Jeff @ Cheeseburger — January 18, 2013 at 5:07 am

    I on the other hand is a huge fan of lemon. This lemon squares looks very delicious.


  8. Seonaid — January 18, 2013 at 9:30 am

    I’ve never tried coconut and lemon together before. These look delicious though, so maybe I’ll give it a go. Thanks for the recipe.


  9. Bellenza Bistro — January 19, 2013 at 12:46 am

    I loooove lemon squares as is. But this should be an interesting variation to try! And by the way, Shelly, will be stopping by Cookies and Cups soon, too. :-)


  10. tracy {pale yellow} — January 19, 2013 at 7:29 am

    Great looking recipe Shelly!


  11. Becca- cookie jar treats — January 19, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    These look very nice and refreshing :) these will be perfect when spring rolls around!


  12. Kristen — January 20, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Mmmmmm – these bring a little brightness of summer onto a cold winter day!
    I hope you are enjoying your time off Jamie :)


  13. Lisa Cornely — January 20, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    These lemon squares look so lovely that I had to make them. They are amazing the coconut adds such a great flavor and texture to a traditional lemon square. Thanks so much for sharing these.


  14. Jane — January 20, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    I love the sound of these, but leery that it wouldn’t set, I think I would make the filling in the microwave, add to bake crust and then bake for 20 minutes or so.


  15. terry g — January 20, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    tried to subscribe to your blog but it kept giving me an error.


  16. Cathy O — January 20, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Made these bars today and they are great. We love lemon bars, and the addition of coconut really make them special. Super easy recipe to make. Thanks!


  17. Vera P — January 21, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    tried them and thought they were awesome! Next time I wont use one cup of coconut though. I’ll do half a cup. Otherwise, VERY YUMMY!


  18. Urban Wife — January 22, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    And you had me at lemon! These are pinned and ready for me to bake tomorrow. Thanks! ;)


  19. Emily — January 24, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    I am a total sucker for lemon squares and the coconut just puts it over the top! Thanks so much for this recipe!


  20. Michael — February 1, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    You’ve officially combined two of my favorite things. I got the dessert card for the Superbowl on Sunday, so I’ll be bringing these!


  21. Margaret Chaffey — April 20, 2013 at 3:20 am

    Hi, can anyone tell me what is the British equivalent of cornmeal. We may have cornmeal here, but not in my part of the country. I’d like to know what to use as an alternative.


  22. Margaret Chaffey — April 20, 2013 at 3:31 am

    Being English I have trouble adapting American recipes. Can anyone tell me the British equivalent of cornstarch and what is a ‘cup’ in ounces. Thanks .


    • Rose — April 25, 2013 at 2:45 pm

      What can you substitute for cornmeal,never had this in my house???

  23. Sonia — June 1, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Have made it so many times already and its always a hit. Once I left it in the oven for too long and the top browned a little..I thought It was destined for teh thrash,but it still tasted great with a the toasted cocnut top



    • Jamie — August 11, 2013 at 8:34 pm


      I’m so happy to hear that you enjoy the recipe! Thank you so much for stopping back to let us know about your experience with the lemon squares. Have a wonderful day!


  24. JustOneMoreBite — September 10, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    These coconut lemon squares look delicious! We’ve tried lemon squares before but never would have thought of adding coconut! Great idea!


  25. Lidya — February 1, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Will in work without the cornmeal?


  26. liz — March 31, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    can anyone tell me what cornmeal is really want to make these


    • Jamie Lothridge — May 5, 2014 at 9:25 pm

      Hi Liz,
      Cornmeal is flour made from corn. In some stores it’s called Masa.
      – Jamie

  27. Madiya — February 4, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    This looks delicious!!!! Can’t wait to try it… Out of curiosity, can the filling be made ahead of time and frozen?


  28. EricBakerBoy — May 2, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    I’ve been a baker for 17 years and rarely ever get turned on by recipes anymore. But I just had to make these. I made them exactly as recipe, and they turned out fabulous!


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