While I was watching the red carpet pre-show for the Golden Globes last Sunday, I couldn’t help but roll my eyes as the hosts went on and on about how “freezing” it was in LA.  Living in the midwest my entire life, there is nothing “arctic” about 55 degrees to me!  When the raw temperature drops below 20 degrees people start to add a few more layers before heading outdoors.  But in the spring, by the time the temperature reaches 50, I guarantee you will see people outside exercising in shorts and tank tops.  I feel that our midwest cold winters really allow us to appreciate any warm, tropical vacations that we are fortunate enough to take.  These Lime Coconut Bars will get you feeling closer to a tropical paradise.

Even if you don’t have any plans of putting your toes in the sand anytime soon, these Lime Coconut Bars will make you feel a bit closer to a tropical paradise.

Lime Coconut Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Just the crust of these bars would be great on it’s own as a cookie.  This buttery, white chocolate, coconut crust is topped with a custardy lime mixture that will remind you of a classic lemon bar but with a different citrus as the star.  Go ahead, put a cocktail umbrella in your cup of tea, enjoy one of these tropical-tasting bars and imagine that you can hear the waves crashing against the beach.

Lime Coconut Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Lime Coconut Bars

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 33 minutes

Total Time: 53 minutes

Yield: 16 bars

A sweet and tart custard filling on top of a buttery shortbread crust laced with coconut and studded with white chocolate chips

Ingredients

    For the crust:!
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • For the filling:!
  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 2/3 cup lime juice (about 3-4 limes)
  • 1 Tbsp powdered sugar, for dusting

Instructions

    For the crust:!
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease an 8-inch baking pan. Line pan with parchment paper overhanging two of the sides of the pan with the parchment.
  2. In a food processor, combine the butter, flour, brown sugar and salt. Pulse to combine into a coarse meal.
  3. Add white chocolate chips and coconut and pulse again to combine.
  4. Press the mixture evenly into the prepared pan and bake for 18 minutes until the crust is lightly browned.
  5. For the filling:!
  6. Decrease oven temperature to 300 degrees.
  7. In a medium bowl, whisk eggs. Add sugar and flour and whisk to combine.
  8. Mix in lime juice.
  9. Pour over hot crust and bake for about 15 minutes or until the edges are set but the center is still a bit jiggly.
  10. Cool completely.
  11. Use overhanging edges of parchment paper to remove bars from the pan.
  12. Cut, dust with powdered sugar and serve.
  13. Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart Living

in a food processor, pulse butter, brown sugar, flour and salt to combine

Lime Coconut Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

add white chocolate and coconut and pulse

Lime Coconut Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

press into prepared pan and bake

Lime Coconut Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Lime Coconut Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

make filling

Lime Coconut Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}pour over crust and bake again

Lime Coconut Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Lime Coconut Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Lime Coconut Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

If you are in the mood for citrus my Perfect Lemon Tart will also satisfy your craving!

The Perfect Lemon Tart {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

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9 Comments ( Reply )

  1. emily (a nutritionist eats)
    Jan 18, 2013 @ 1:35 pm

    Ok, “arctic” is a stretch but it honestly was REALLY COLD here. Yesterday was back to normal – sunny and 70’s. 🙂

    Reply

  2. a farmer in the dell
    Jan 18, 2013 @ 2:04 pm

    I need a little tropical paradise in my life right now. These bars look awesome!

    Reply

  3. Cassie
    Jan 18, 2013 @ 3:31 pm

    These look so good, Mercedes! I love citrus in desserts!

    Reply

  4. Liz
    Jan 18, 2013 @ 4:47 pm

    Lime anything ROCKS! These look amazing 🙂

    Reply

  5. Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Jan 18, 2013 @ 5:30 pm

    Pretty bars, Mercedes! I love anything with lime and coconut!

    Reply

  6. sally @ sallys baking addiction
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 7:31 am

    Mercedes! I feel so silly but is that slideshow at the top of your site new? I love my slide show! 🙂 Great way to display more recipes for your readers. Lime and coconut – amazing. I need some summer flavor in my life right now!

    Reply

    • Mercedes
      Jan 22, 2013 @ 5:19 pm

      No the slideshow is not new, but yours is actually what inspired me when I did my site re-design!

      Reply

  7. Averie @ Averie Cooks
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 3:01 pm

    I love that you worked both white choc and coconut into these…and 2/3 cup juice. NICE! Nice and sweet ‘n tangy and tart!

    Reply

    • Mercedes
      Jan 22, 2013 @ 5:19 pm

      Thanks Averie! It was a great combination of flavors!

      Reply

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