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Lemony Coconut Bars

These lemony and chewy bars make a refreshing addition to the holiday cookie tray. Try lime juice and zest for a zingy twist. —Nancy Zimmerman, Cape May Court House, New Jersey
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes; gradually beat in flour, mixing well.
  • Press onto bottom of a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake until edges are golden brown, 8-10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  • For filling, in a large bowl, beat eggs, brown sugar, lemon zest and extracts until blended. In a small bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt; stir into egg mixture. Stir in coconut and pecans. Spread over crust.
  • Bake until golden brown, 17-20 minutes. Cool 10 minutes on a wire rack. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix glaze ingredients until smooth; drizzle over warm filling. Cool completely. Cut into bars.
Nutrition Facts
1 bar: 208 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 96mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
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  • redcow
    Jan 9, 2021

    Love the combination of lemon and coconut. Wish I had more lemon zest on hand when I made bars. I did sub a little of orange zest so at least had citrus flavor. Will make again and maybe not bake crest as long as bars were a little hard to cut.

  • jamarlar
    Feb 20, 2019

    Yum! It's a keeper!

  • 48deedee
    Apr 6, 2016

    Very delicious can eat these bars weekly all year round not complicated at all

  • sanguelo
    Mar 9, 2016

    I am a lemon lover, so I did add extra fresh lemon juice and more zest. I loved the combination of the citrus with the coconut. This recipe is delicious. Thank you!

  • 071246lm
    Feb 12, 2016

    Excellent recipe; a definite keeper. I made no changes to this recipe, and everyone in my family loved these bars. Thank you, Nancy, for this recipe!

  • bernerlover
    Apr 13, 2015

    these were really good- I made them exactly as recipe called for. I'll definitely make them again.

  • delowenstein
    Jan 9, 2015

    I'd tested this recipe for the first time! This is a recipe which I'm sure I'll be using again! I sampled a bar and it was delicious, too! I adjusted the filling ingredients by using 1/2 packed brown sugar and 1/2 white sugar, 1/2 tsp. grated lemon peel and 1 tsp. finely chopped candied lemon peel which I had available.I used 1/2 tsp. lemon extract, rather than 1/4 tsp. Instead of pecans, I used 1 cup white baking chips. I admit that I rarely use nuts as there are folks who can be allergic to nuts.I used about 1 to 1-1/4 cup confectioners' sugar for the glaze, but kept the rest of the glaze ingredients the same. This recipe came out very nicely! I baked 20 minutes and I'd greased and floured my baking pan for easier removal of the bars when being cut! I'm planning to use these bars on 1/11/15 for a luncheon! I DID use a sharp paring knife to cut these bars and also went along the edges to ease the bars from the baking pan. I got about 30 bars, depending on how they're cut! Thank you for sharing this recipe! delowenstein