Lemon Coconut Bars

Lemon coconut bars | Butter Baking

Okay so it has been AGES since I last posted and I am SO sorry!

It has been a slightly ridiculous week. Actually really crazy.

Lemon coconut bars | Butter Baking

I took on a few extra shifts at the new cafe I’m working at. The days are pretty long and intense in that hot little kitchen, but I got to bake a few of my own recipes to sell in store, which was really fun!

I made these raspberry crumble bars (but a hazelnut version – yum!), a giant version of these oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and some delicious passionfruit tarts that I’ll be sharing with you soon.

Lemon coconut bars | Butter Baking

I also had a meeting that I’m a little ridiculously excited about, in regards to possibly working a couple of days a week at a hot new bakery (cross your fingers for me).

filmed a little baking video for you too, which features me and some fudgy chocolate caramel cookies, that I’m working on sharing with you really soon! So stay tuned.

Lemon coconut bars | Butter Baking

And with all that, plus seeing friends, and all the beautiful weather we’ve been having that I want to make the most of before it starts getting cold, I’ve neglected updating the blog.

So again, I’m sorry. I hope these lemon coconut bars make it up to you.

Lemon coconut bars | Butter Baking

My aunt made these one day when we went over for dinner, and I ate so many in one sitting that I had her give me the recipe immediately and I went straight home to make a batch of my own.

Yep. And then I proceeded to eat all of that, too.

Lemon coconut bars | Butter Baking

They’re chewy, kind of like truffles, but they have all those yummy lemon and coconut and graham cracker flavours and…
I just really like them. And they’re super easy. Let me know what you think!

Lemon coconut bars | Butter Baking

LEMON COCONUT BARS
 
Adapted from Taste.
Ingredients
  • 200g biscuits (7 oz) (can be graham crackers, digestives, gingersnaps, etc.)
  • 1 cup dessicated coconut, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 1 lemon, rind finely grated
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 100g unsalted butter (3.5 oz)
  • ½ cup sweetened condensed milk
Method
  1. Line an 8 x 8 inch pan with baking paper.
  2. Grind up the biscuits in a food processor to fine crumbs.
  3. Transfer to a large bowl. Stir in the coconut, lemon rind and salt.
  4. Place the butter and condensed milk in a small saucepan over a medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly, for about 4 - 5 minutes, until the butter melts.
  5. Add the condensed milk mixture to the biscuit crumbs. Stir to combine.
  6. Press into prepared pan. Sprinkle the top with extra coconut.
  7. Refrigerate for 2 hours, until firm, before cutting. Makes 36 small squares.
  8. Happy baking!

 

29 Thoughts on “Lemon Coconut Bars

  1. Those look pretty deadly!

  2. Oh yeah, lovely flavor combo. I adore anything lemon this time of year!

  3. I really missed your post but I knew you’d be back Natasha :) Must be so exciting for you now, everyone wants you and your fabulous baking creations. Love the simplicity of this recipe.

    • Wow I think your comment just made my day! Thank you for being so lovely, and I’m sorry I missed a post!
      Hahaha I would most definitely not go that far!!! It is an exciting time though. Glad you like the recipe ;-)

  4. Beautiful clicks and yummy recipe, lemon with coconut any time :)

  5. They are fantastic!
    I just made these bars and they are currently resting in my fridge!
    Super easy and super delicious!
    Thanks for this great recipe!

    • That was fast Hermione! Very happy to hear you made them so fast :-) Hope you, as I did, love them :-) And I hope you, as I could not, resist the whole pan!

  6. they look and sound awesome! no-bake, crushed cookies, with sweet milk and lemon – lovely, Natasha!

  7. I wonder if you could use (at least some) virgin coconut oil in place of the butter. What do you think?

  8. This is a great warm weather recipe for when you want something baked but don’t want to turn on the oven! With all that coconut, I wouldn’t have thought they would cut so beautifully, but they look perfect! Best of luck with the possibility of working for the hot new bakery. Really, Natasha, as long as the meetings include a taste of your work, there is no question. :)

    • You’re completely right, because the weather here is so warm right now!
      No they cut without a problem, it must be all the crushed biscuits that help :-)
      Thank you so much for all your support! Unfortunately since I posted I found out I can’t accept the job as they really need someone full time and I can’t commit to that right now :-( shame! But something else will come along I’m sure

  9. Thank you for combining 3 things on my favorites list. Chewy, coconut and anything citrus. Hope your day is sunny and bright :) PS. Thanks for your comment love :)

    • Hi Rene! Haha you are welcome! I love those three too, hope you try this recipe out :-)
      Have a good week! :-D PS. You’re totally welcome!

      • Natasha, I’m so glad my comment (comments) showed up :) I tried 3 different times and kept having a computer glitch. Thankfully something connected even if it was more than once:)

  10. YUM, 3 things from my favorites list. Chewy, coconut and anything citrus!! Hope your day is sunny and bright. xo PsThank you for the comment love!

  11. Charlotte on August 20, 2013 at 2:15 pm said:

    These are great, they are so easy and delicious!! (everyone loved them!)
    Thankyou :)

  12. ashley on October 13, 2013 at 5:59 am said:

    Can you add some fresh lemon juice to make them for lemony?

    • Hi Ashley! It’s the zest that adds lemon flavour, so if you want more lemony flavour, add more zest. The lemon juice is what adds tang, but if you add juice here it may bake the mix too runny :-)

  13. I just made these and they are absolutely amazing! So quick and easy, my 4 year old was able to help out every step of the way.

  14. Angela on July 11, 2014 at 2:36 pm said:

    Hi Natasha

    I tried these lemon bars today and they were amazing! I don’t usually write comments, but really had to for this.

    I used the moist coconut flakes, their a little longer and I used 2 lemons for the zest.

    Thank you so much for these.

    I am Greek as well, as I noticed your surname :) . Maybe you can make some greek biscuits, like kourampiethes or melomakarona?

    Many Thanks

    • Hi Angela!
      I’m really happy to hear you like the lemon bars so much!
      Haha I think I’ll leave the melomakarona to my grandmother – after all, she does them best :-)

  15. Angela on July 19, 2014 at 7:10 pm said:

    Good one :)

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