Lemon Coconut Bars

Last week Mother Nature teased us Ohioans and gave us a short lived burst of spring weather. The temperatures hit the high fifties so, of course, I had to make something citrus. After browsing the web for a few minutes, I encountered a recipe that included not only citrus…but citrus and coconut. How can you go wrong with this combo?

I had all the ingredients in the pantry, so I headed into the kitchen and got to baking! This recipe is so easy, I utilized my food processor which made the crust come together in a matter of minutes. The end result was a lovely citrus flavored bar dessert with an amazing toasted coconut topping…seriously, these bars scream warm weather!

Unfortunately, that warm weather made the snow melt, thus making my backyard a swamp…and to ice the cake, the temps dipped back down to forties. I think I need a pair of these wellies, yep, wellies will make me feel better while dodging muddy puddles and geese in my backyard. If you’re as ready for warm weather and sunshine as I am, make these bars…they may help ya withstand the wait! Thanks for stopping by, have a scruptious day.

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Lemon Coconut Bars


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
3/4 cup cold butter or margarine
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup flaked coconut


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 9 x 13 x 2 inch pan with foil or parchment paper and spray with non-stick cooking spray.

2. In a bowl, combine flour and confectioners' sugar; cut in the butter until crumbly (I used my food processor and pulsed the ingredients until thoroughly combined).

3. Press into the bottom of a lightly greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking pan. Bake at 350°F for 15 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, lemon juice and baking powder until well mixed. Pour over crust; sprinkle coconut evenly over the top.

5. Bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

6. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars.

adapted from allrecipes


49 Responses to “Lemon Coconut Bars”

  1. Maria — March 15, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Love these! I am SO ready for summer. Maybe if I eat the whole pan it will come:) Yea for your FB page! I think the winner should be your first fan:)


  2. bunkycooks — March 15, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    Yeah for a taste of Spring! Citrus and coconut are the perfect combination. These look really yummy!


  3. Toya — March 15, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    I love anything with coconut, these look yummy can’t wait to try.


  4. Anh — March 15, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    JUst beautiful! I like lemon bars, and love that you have paired it with coconut.


  5. Jessica @ How Sweet — March 15, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    I love coconut + lemon. These look incredible!


  6. Abbey — March 15, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    I LOVE your blog. Everything looks amazing. I will definitely be back to try your recipes! I even added your site as a fav. link on my blog. YUM


  7. ingrid — March 15, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    :) Thanks for shelling out the loot to help one of us look chic while whipping up a batch of these babies. LOL


  8. Danae (The Busty Baker) — March 16, 2010 at 12:12 am

    Mother Nature really did tease us Ohioans last week. I wore a skirt 2 days in a row, and didn’t have to wear a coat for 3 days! I even drove with the windows rolled down! It was amazing! But now it’s back to being cold and rainy. But I’ll take the rain over the snow any day. These bars look fantastic! Just what we need to help bring on the summer. It can’t get here quick enough!


  9. Denise @ Creative Kitchen — March 16, 2010 at 12:20 am

    You cannot go wrong with lemons or coconuts…and to have them both in one dessert?? YUM!! Can’t wait to try these!! Would go well at a baby shower, bridal shower or Ladies tea. I’m definitely bookmarking these!! Thanks for sharing!


  10. Wendy — March 16, 2010 at 12:26 am

    My gosh. Those sound so awesome. You had me at lemon and coconut. YUM.


  11. Brooke — March 16, 2010 at 8:12 am

    I’m soo sorry to hear about Lola! I can sympathize with you. We have a 2 yr old maltipoo (Chloe) that looks very similar to Lola. I can’t imagine losing her. Chloe and I are sorry about your loss. :(

    These bars look wonderful. I’m not a raw coconut fan but would still give them a try just based on looks!!


  12. kristan roland — March 16, 2010 at 8:50 am

    Ohhhh….these look soooo good!! I have never made lemon bars, but I will have to try these!! I love lemon and coconut!!


  13. CaSaundra — March 16, 2010 at 9:17 am

    I just became a fan on Facebook!! And citrus flavors are so fresh and make me more than ready for the nicer weather!


  14. Sara — March 16, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Oh man, lemon and coconut is such a great combo! I’m printing this recipe out right now. Yum!


  15. Cheryl Arkison — March 16, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    One of my favourite desserts ever. Sigh


  16. Allison — March 16, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Wowza those look good! Lemon and coconut, what a great combo! Maybe if enough of us make them Spring will be forced to come!


  17. the wicked noodle — March 16, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Holy cow, those look amazing!!


  18. Tracey — March 16, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    We had a taste of that warm weather in New England before a crazy rain storm moved in this past weekend. Fortunately, the warm weather has returned today and is supposed to continue so it’ll be the perfect opportunity to enjoy some spring-y treats – these look wonderful!


  19. Memoria — March 17, 2010 at 2:03 am

    They look so easy to make!! I must make these promptly. I have all the ingredients, too.


  20. TripleScoop — March 17, 2010 at 2:27 am

    Whoa…just what I wanted. I have loads of lemons on my tree and some left over coconut!! I’m going to give these a try this weekend. Thanks!


  21. Kirsten — March 17, 2010 at 10:30 am

    They look so delicious. I have all the ingredients as well. Very tempting.
    We have a forecast of almost 70 F today here in Denver. So exciting (Friday, snow and 30F). Maybe I will have to wait with the baking until the snow comes again.


  22. jessielou — March 18, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    I am literally off to the kitchen now to make these!
    I am at home atm and my Dad is ill but since he loves all things lemon and coconut I think i shall bake these to cheer him up!


  23. kelly — March 19, 2010 at 8:05 am

    I made these last night, and they are delicious!!! Thank you Jamie for another great recipe!! :)


  24. Meredith — March 30, 2010 at 11:31 am

    I will have to make these! They look fantastic.


  25. MICHELLE — May 25, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    Just wanted to say I enjoy your blog and gave these a try on the weekend as I was looking to make a summery type light dessert to go with a BBQ supper. They were delicious (even though I only had 1/2 cup of butter on hand for the crust it was still amazing) and incredibly simple :)


  26. Jess — February 5, 2011 at 1:15 am

    Yummy! These look delicious. I actually have never liked coconut until I put it in my oatmeal the other day… Sounds strange, I know. But now I’m hooked!
    Jess : )


  27. Emily — April 30, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    I made these in my new Chicago Metallic bar pan and it turned out fabulous! I also used Key Lime juice, as I didn’t have enough lemon, tart and spring-y! :)


  28. Hollie — February 18, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    I am new to your page and am in awe of all your delectables! I have made several of your items and am in love with everything thus far. These bars are in the oven now, I can’t wait I’m sure they are wonderful!


  29. imelda — March 15, 2012 at 4:28 am

    Hi.. I tried these but mine did not turn out this way… the coconut I used is dessicated coconut. It kind of sunk into the bar. Maybe I should have baked it more. looking at your picture, the coconut seem more “toasted” the lemon/egg layer in mine turned out a bit soft- not really solid looking like yours..
    I would like to say I really enjoy your blog. It is very well presented. I will try more of your recipes. =)


  30. Jordan — April 17, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    These look yummy, I have a quick question. I have a bunch of leftover unsweetened shredded coconut, can I use that in this recipe instead of the coconut flakes? Thanks! Love your blog!


    • Jamie — April 19, 2012 at 5:01 pm

      I think that would work just fine. :)

  31. Stephanie — June 4, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    I was really excited for these but had the same problem as imelda. The bars were not as gelatinous as I expected :(

    Still good though!


  32. Flynn — July 1, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    These were great. Took me 30 minutes to cook though…but I also added a few handfuls of wild blueberries. Yum.


  33. Justine — August 8, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Made those one weekend and the whole family couldn’t stop eating them – the shortbread crust is delish and the entire dessert is so yummy. Love that combination of lemon and coconut. Thank you for a great recipe.


  34. Ryleigh — August 14, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    So instead of lemon I used lime juice. Lime coconut bars. OH MY YUM!


  35. Jen — August 9, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    I made these today and found the lemon mixture extremely liquid. The coconut sunk into the mixture despite using large shred coconut. I baked it for an additional 5-10 minutes, it was golden brown. Unfortunately the lemon layer had soaked into the crust so much that when cool, they were quite soggy.


    • Jamie — September 13, 2013 at 5:45 pm

      Hi Jen,

      I’m really sorry that happened. I’m not sure why it would. I’ve made these a few times and never had that happen. Could your oven be running hotter or cooler than it says on the dial? My own runs about 10 degrees hotter, which I didn’t know until I got a separate oven thermometer that sits inside. That can make a big difference in the results.


  36. Tania — December 24, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    This is our 2nd time making these delicious lemon bars. My boyfriends mother is famous for her lemon bars, hers are good, these are better, way better. I use fresh lemons off my very generous neighbors tree, and I add the zest from those lemons to the mixture. I also toast my coconut before adding it to the top of my lemon bars, they are so, so good. Thanks for sharing your recipe. We love them and so do the people we have shared them with.


    • Jamie — December 27, 2013 at 10:59 am


      Thank you so much! I’m so happy they are such a hit. I am a little jealous of your access to fresh lemons :). Have a wonderful day and thank you for following MBA!


  37. Lois — November 21, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    I just made these. The on
    Y problem was the parchment paper sprayed with non stick spray. The bottom was soggy and it leaked through the per and made a mess in the pan. I wouldn’t use parchment paper. Just spray the pan. Delicious just the same.


    • Jamie — November 22, 2014 at 9:53 pm

      I’m sorry you had trouble with the parchment paper but I’m glad the recipe still worked for you. Thanks for visiting.


  38. jenna — July 9, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    If you use parchemin, you dont have to spray.   You spray only if no foil or parchemin,  works good for me.  :)


  39. Catalina — January 8, 2016 at 8:55 pm


    You said  ‘beat the eggs, sugar, lemon juice and baking powder until well mixed’, why baking powder in this mix ? 


    • Jamie — January 11, 2016 at 12:22 pm

      Hi, Catalina! The baking powder gives a little rise to the bars. I hope you enjoy them!

  40. AnnB — August 25, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    Oh these look delish! What is confectioners sugar please? Icing sugar,or just normal granulated? Many thanks


    • Jamie — August 25, 2016 at 5:25 pm

      Hello, Ann! Confectioners sugar is icing sugar. I hope you enjoy the dessert!


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