meyer lemon-coconut bars

April 3, 2014

in Bars & Bites

I’m giving my favorite Meyer lemon bars a tropical twist today. While the bright and tangy filling remains untouched, I changed up the crust, subbing in coconut oil for butter and adding toasted coconut to carry on the theme.

Meyer Lemon Coconut Bars | Tutti Dolci Even if your spring plans don’t include a relaxing beach vacation, I think we can all agree that even mini breaks often spark fresh creativity. So if you need me, I may not be on a beach chair in Hawaii, but I will be finding time to indulge in a lemon bar (or three!).

Meyer Lemon Coconut Bars | Tutti Dolci

Meyer Lemon-Coconut Bars

Yield: 24 bars

Calories per serving: 175

Meyer Lemon-Coconut Bars


  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut, toasted
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil, solid state
  • Filling
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 3 Tbsp Meyer lemon zest (zest of 4 lemons)
  • 2/3 cup fresh Meyer lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 pinches of salt
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting

Preheat oven to 350°F and line a 13 x 9-inch baking dish with parchment paper. Pulse toasted coconut in a food processor until finely ground. Whisk together ground coconut, flour, powdered sugar, brown sugar, and salt in a medium bowl. Use a pastry cutter to cut in solid coconut oil evenly until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add dough to prepared baking dish; use a piece of parchment to press dough into an even layer. Bake for 23 minutes, until crust is lightly golden.

Meanwhile, prepare filling. Lightly whisk eggs in a medium bowl. Whisk in sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, flour, and salt until smooth. Reduce oven temperature to 325°F and slowly pour filling over hot crust; return dish to oven and bake until filling is firm, about 22 minutes. Cool completely in dish on wire rack, then cover and place in the refrigerator until chilled, about 2 hours.

Carefully lift parchment to remove bars from dish and place on a cutting board; cut into squares using a sharp knife and dust with powdered sugar just before serving. Store leftover bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days.

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1 Julia @Vikalinka April 3, 2014

Beautiful bars, I still haven’t tasted Meyer lemons, they are not available in England, unfortunately but I am sure I can always try the recipe with the regular ones. :-)


2 Kelly - LEFT SIDE OF THE TABLE April 3, 2014

Loving the coconut twist!! I can imagine the taste…so great! Lemon bars scream summer to me! On a hot day, bbq and mixed drinks…mmm better days soon!


3 Jessica | Portuguese Girl Cooks April 3, 2014

Love your tropical twist on lemon bars! Wishing I was on the beach eating one of these :)


4 Jaclyn April 3, 2014

I love lemon bars! I’ve got to try your lemon coconut version, they look delicious and I love that combo!


5 Valerie April 3, 2014

With the sleet and freezing rain, I defiantly need a whole lot of spring in my life. These bars are just the ticket! :D


6 Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers April 3, 2014

Beautiful photos and such a tempting treat! Meyer lemons have sadly disappeared from the stores here, but I bet these are great with just straight up lemons, too.


7 cheri April 3, 2014

Beautiful bars, lovely presentation. We are still surrounded by lemons here, but time is getting short, I better make these in a hurry.


8 Sockmonkeys Kitchen April 3, 2014

Oh MY! Meyer lemon and coconut?! It’s like you’ve read my mind for what I’m craving! These look wonderful!


9 Lizzy (Good Things) April 3, 2014

You know, Laura, it’s teeming with rain here and it’s been raining all night! Your lemon bars are full of sunshine and deliciousness to brighten any dull day!


10 Lora @cakeduchess April 3, 2014

So spring and so fresh, Laura! Love these bars and their gorgeous color and flavor!!


11 Maria@PinkPatisserie April 3, 2014

Love the tropical treatment! Lemon and coconut are such naturals together, I bet this tastes wonderful!


12 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella April 3, 2014

Adding coconut is a perfectly brilliant change I should think :) I love coconut and it makes me think of holidays :)


13 Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures April 3, 2014

Lemon bars are the perfect spring dessert. As a coconut fan, I appreciate the addition of coconut. Looks delicious!


14 Liz April 3, 2014

IMHO, coconut makes SO many desserts better! I love, love these gorgeous lemon bars!


15 Tieghan April 3, 2014

Mini breaks are so needed! Hoping for one soon and you know I will be making these bars. Coconut is my favorite!


16 Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen April 4, 2014

Love your tropical twist to your Meyer Lemon Coconut Bars, Laura! I’m totally drooling right now. Thank you for sharing, my friend. Happy Friday and weekend! Pinned!


17 Julie @ Table for Two April 4, 2014

Oh i love the meyer lemon and coconut flavor!! This would totally take me to paradise!


18 Deb April 4, 2014

I have no shame in admitting that Lemon Bars are a favorite of mine! Or in my quest for trying new recipes. The addition of coconut is indeed a tropical treat for a must make recipe!


19 Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) April 4, 2014

Laura, these bars look so fantastic!! I would adore them for Easter!


20 sally @ sallys baking addiction April 4, 2014

Laura, I simply love lemon bars. I have to try your coconut version!


21 Marina {} April 4, 2014

My hubby loves coconut but not lemon desserts, and I LOVE lemon bars. I think these will win him over ;) Thanks!


22 Norma @ Allspice and Nutmeg April 4, 2014

So pretty. I love coconut and lemon. I can’t wait to try your version.


23 Maureen | Orgasmic Chef April 4, 2014

Whoa, the coconut in there makes me feel like I’m on a tropical island.


24 Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough April 4, 2014

I mean, obviously I would love to be on a beach in Hawaii right now, but I would be just as content with one (or five) of these bars! SO YUM.


25 Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking April 5, 2014

Eeeep! This looks beyond amazing! I love how you worked coconut into it! Making it healthier AND more delicious!


26 Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} April 5, 2014

One of my favorite things on earth – the lemon bar. AND you kicked it up numerous notches and made it even more supreme. Delish!


27 Grammy April 5, 2014

Laura, I will never make lemon bars with my old recipe again. These are the best I have ever eaten. I loved the coconut in the crust and
the lemon zest in the filling. You have here a winner that will put all other lemon bar recipes to shame.


28 ashley - baker by nature April 6, 2014

These are so beautiful, lady! You know I am obsessed with lemon and coconut right?! Need these!!!


29 Averie @ Averie Cooks April 6, 2014

This is so you! I know you love your lemon, big time :) Pinned


30 Karen (Back Road Journal) April 8, 2014

Yum, I like the idea of adding coconut to the lemon bars…their sound great.


31 Patty April 8, 2014

These were excellent! The crust is outstanding and I’ll probably use it on all lemon bar recipes. My Meyer lemons were a little tart so the bars needed powdered sugar on top. Thanks for a great recipe!!!


32 Tutti Dolci April 8, 2014

So glad you tried the bars, Patty. Thanks for letting me know and happy you liked them! :)


33 Kiran @ April 16, 2014

My favorite ingredients all in a bar!! Love :)



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