Thursday Feature: My Sweet Mission's Luscious Coconut Lemon Bars

Thursday, March 28, 2013

I have a special 'treat' for you today friends (literally). My Aunt Heather from 'My Sweet Mission' is our featured guest blogger today and will be sharing one of my favorite recipes of all time (and perfect for spring!): Coconut Lemon Bars! *Stomachs Growl* 

If you 'really' want to make an impression at your next party or bridal/baby shower, show up with these babies and watch them disappear! It's magic.

After you indulge in Heather's culinary wizardry, make sure you swing over and check out her blog for even MORE deliciousness. Without further delay, here's Heather >>

Hi there! I hope you're having a wonderful week so far! I promised you a lemon recipe and today I'm sharing my'Luscious Coconut Lemon Bars'! I've had this recipe for years now and they always turn out great! What makes them luscious? I'm glad you asked. To start they have a buttery shortbread crust (yum!) with a sweet & tart lemon filling, then sprinkled with coconut! Do I have your attention?! I thought so. So, here we go...let's get these delightful bars in the oven!

A delicate buttery crust with a sweet & tart filling and topped with a generous sprinkling of coconut!



For the crust: Put the flour, cold butter (cubed) and the confectioners sugar into a food processor. Pulse for 10-15 seconds, or until the butter is pea-sized.



It should look similar to this.



Pour the crust mixture into a sprayed 9" x 13" baking pan. Tip: Cover with wax paper (to keep it off your hands) and press until even and firm.


Place in a preheated 350 degrees F oven for 15 minutes. Note: Crust will not be completely baked.


Whip up the lemon filling ingredients.


 I used my new Bobby Flay Rasp Grater to zest the lemon. Tip: Always zest the lemon before juicing them, because it's very difficult to zest the lemons once they're juiced.


Pour the lemon filling mixture over the hot crust and sprinkle with the coconut. If you don't care for coconut, leave it out and dust (sprinkle) cooled bars with confectioners sugar instead.


Place in the preheated 350 degree F oven for an additional 20-25 minutes, or until the filling doesn't jiggle and the coconut is light golden brown.


I think you'll love these luscious lemon coconut bars. We took these to a dinner and everyone enjoyed them!

Luscious Coconut Lemon Bars

For the Crust
Ingredients:
2 cups unbleached or all-purpose flour
1 cup butter, very cold & cubed
1/2 cup confectioners sugar

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Place all ingredients into a food processor and pulse for 10-15 seconds, or until the butter is pea-sized.
Pour crust mixture into a sprayed 9" x 13" baking pan.
Place a piece of wax paper over the mixture and press until even and firm. Tip: Cover with wax paper (to keep it off your hands) and press until even and firm.
Place in a preheated 350 degrees F oven and bake for 15 minutes. Note: Crust will not be completely baked.

For the Lemon Coconut Filling
Ingredients:
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup fresh or concentrated lemon juice (approximately juice of 2 lemons)
1 tablespoon lemon zest
3/4 cups coconut
* 3-4 tablespoons confectioners sugar, if omitting coconut

Instructions:
Place all ingredients, except for the coconut into a mixing bowl. Tip: Always zest the lemon before juicing them, because it's very difficult to zest the lemons once they are juiced. 
Beat on low until blended and then on medium speed for 3 minutes.
Pour the filling over the hot crust and sprinkle the coconut. * If you don't care for coconut, leave it out and dust (sprinkle) cooled bars with confectioners sugar instead.
Place in the preheated 350 degrees F oven and bake for an additional 20-25 minutes, or until the filling doesn't jiggle and the coconut is light golden brown.

Servings: 24 bars


3 comments:

  1. Thanks Melissa for featuring my Luscious Coconut Lemon Bars! I hope your readers love them, as much as my readers do. I appreciate you!

    Have a Sweet Day and Happy Easter to you & Ben!
    Heather
    My-Sweet-Mission.com

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  2. Hi Melissa! Love your Aunt's Coconut Lemon Bars....The coconut sounds heavenly with the lemon filling...Just started following you on bloglovin'..Have a great weekend!

    Lori Ann
    LoriAnnsfoodandfam.blogspot.com

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  3. Two of my favorite people, my daughter Heather, and my granddaughter Melissa, so proud of you both! Love these bars too!

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