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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

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  1. Kathy Bradford says:

    I dint want the coconut in my lemon bars. Do I need to alter anything in order to omit it?? I want to bake these for my Christmas tins I’ll be packaging next week. 

  2. Ms. Regis says:

    Hi, I’m going to be trying these very soon. How much sqaures do these serve?

    1. Jamie says:

      Hello! That depends on how big you want the bars to be. You could cut them into 12 very large bars, or many more smaller squares. Happy baking!

  3. EricBakerBoy says:

    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!

  4. Madiya says:

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

  5. liz says:

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

    1. Jamie Lothridge says:

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

  6. Lidya says:

    Will in work without the cornmeal?

  7. JustOneMoreBite says:

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

  8. Sonia says:

    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


    1. Jamie says:


      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!


  9. Margaret Chaffey says:

    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 .

    1. Rose says:

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

  10. Margaret Chaffey says:

    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.