Lemon Coconut Bars

$2.38 recipe / $0.16 serving
by Beth - Budget Bytes
4.85 from 13 votes
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I saw this recipe that Gonna Want Seconds had posted to Tastespotting recently and I knew that I needed to make them soon. My mom used to make lemon bars for us growing up and they have been one of my favorites ever since. The addition of coconut is just like icing on top of the already-there-icing on the cake! I never made lemon bars before because I had this crazy idea that they were time consuming and complex to make. Wow, I was really really wrong. These bars came together in a matter of minutes (minus the baking time) and only used a few ingredients. The only problem with these lemon coconut bars is that I keep eating them… even though my stomach says to stop!

I made one change from the Gonna Want Seconds version, I only used 1/2 cup of butter rather than 3/4 cup. They still turned out perfect so I guess I’m glad I was too lazy to open up another stick of butter!

Lemon Coconut Bars

Lemon Cocnut Bars


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Lemon Coconut Bars

4.85 from 13 votes
It's the perfect combination of sweet and sour. Lemon coconut bars are a classic treat.
Servings 15
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 35 minutes
Total 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour ($0.12)
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar ($0.09)
  • 1/2 cup butter ($0.40)
  • 4 large eggs ($0.67)
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar ($0.27)
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice ($0.43)
  • 1 tsp baking powder ($0.02)
  • 3/4 cup shredded coconut ($0.38)

Instructions 

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine the flour and powdered sugar. Mix until evenly combined. Using a food processor, blend in the butter until the mixture has small granules the size of peas. If you do not have a processor (I don’t), let the butter come to room temperature and then just work it into the flour mixture with your hands. I like to call this technique “smearing it in” (yes, I made that up). See the photos below for what it should look like when thoroughly mixed.
  • Lightly spray a 9×13 inch glass casserole dish with non-stick spray. Pour the flour/butter/sugar mixture evenly into the dish and press it down with your hands until it is compacted. Bake for 15 minutes.
  • While the crust is baking, combine the eggs, granulated sugar, lemon juice and baking powder in a bowl (I used the same bowl). Mix it well until the sugar is dissolved. The baking powder will react with the acidic lemon juice and begin to foam, don’t worry.
  • When the crust is finished baking, quickly re-whisk the filling then pour it over the crust. Sprinkle the shredded coconut on top and bake the whole thing for 20 more minutes or until it is golden brown on top. Let cool for 10 minutes before slicing.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 232.56kcalCarbohydrates: 35.22gProtein: 3.19gFat: 9.3gSodium: 102.77mgFiber: 0.57g
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Step By Step Photos

Lemon bar crust mix in clear mixing bowl
This is what your crust mix should look like after you have worked the butter into the flour and sugar. Kinda sandy looking with small clumps.

pressed crust in clear glass baking dish
Pour the crust mixture evenly over the bottom of your glass dish and then press it down with your fingers until it is very compact. Bake the crust for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.

Lemon Bar filling ingredients in clear mixing bowl
While the crust is baking, whisk together the eggs, lemon juice, granulated sugar and baking powder.

Lemon Bar filling in clear mixing bowl with metal whisk
It will be this nice lemony, frothy liquid when you’re done mixing. Pour this over the crust when it finishes baking, sprinkle the shredded coconut on top then bake for about 20 minutes.

Baked Lemon Bars
Take it out of the oven when it is nice and golden brown on top. Let cool before slicing or else it will stick all over your knife and you won’t be able to get nice clean squares.

Lemon Coconut Bars cut into squares and plated on white plate

So I either paid way too much for flour last time I bought it or I seriously miscalculated because today, I bought a 5 lb. bag for $1.50 which comes to only $0.12 for the 1.5 cups used in this recipe. When I made my Lemon Ricotta Cookies, I calculated $1.08 for 2 cups of flour. I don’t remember where I bought that other bag of flour but it must have been a serious rip off!

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  1. I’m using this for my consumers prac ill update you on the outcome and my mark ;)

  2. Okay so I was in the mood for sweet, not sour, so I made these with orange juice. AH-MAZING! I will be remaking them and adding a little orange zest, because the orange is not as strong (duh) and got a little lost.

  3. Lovely, EASY recipe!
    Will be making this again and again. 
    Thank you so much,
    Sky

    1. Perfect the very first time I made it. It is a very quick no fuss recipe and my guests all loved it.

    1. I haven’t tried that, so I’m not sure how much it will affect the outcome.

  4. So delish! Would recommend baking longer to get a more crispy top :) Cant wait to make again! Super easy peasy ‘lemon’ squeezy!

  5. Delicious! I think I over baked at the crust stage because mine was very brown, but I think it made it nice and crunchy. 

  6. In my opinion the crust should be more crisp, this was more soft and slightly doughier and did not have a nice crisp/melt-in-your-mouth feel that a good crust should.

    I would make this again, but replace the crust portion of the recipe.

  7. This recipe is a slam dunk. While these bars may not be as “thick” as some you might find in bakeries, I felt like I got all the flavor and texture you want out of a classic lemon bar. While I’m sure that fresh lemon juice would be better, I made these with bottled lemon juice and didn’t feel like I was missing anything at all.

    SIde note – if anyone is looking to make a half batch, you could use a pie plate (64 inches of surface area) for thinner bars or a 6 x 8 glass dish (48 inches of surface area). Since a 9 x 13 dish is 117 inches of surface area, the pie plate will yield thinner bars than the regular recipe and a 6 x 8 will be slightly thicker.

  8. Gorgeous, delicious  squares! Followed recipe exactly and added 1 scant T of lemon zest to crust to get pop of flavor. It was really unnecessary. Tasted like spring!  

  9. My family totally digs these. However, in a quest to keep them from getting bored with the “same old same old”, I tried 2 other lemon bar recipes (one was a keto/healthy/gluten free recipe. bleh. the other was a very famous red headed Food Network show recipe. meh.)

    Yeah no. The hubby and kids DEMANDED to know if I lost “the yummy coconut lemon one”. So I had to promise to make ONLY this one from now on.

    thank you! I have tried several of your recipes and have been a good 80%-90% successful. I think MAYBE 2 have been vetoed out.

  10. Welp, that was exceptional. Unfortunately… it only lasts about two hours in our house. But the upside is that it’s quick and easy to make again- and again- and again.  We use half Splenda/half sugar. Thank you for yet another delicious, no-fuss, repeatable recipe.  

    1. I’ve used a similar recipe that says you can use limes or oranges – please let us know if it works.