Coconut Citrus Bars Recipe
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Coconut Citrus Bars Recipe

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Sweet oranges are the key to these amazing bars with loads of orange flavor in every bite. The unique crust and vibrant orange zing makes them unlike regular lemon bars. —Heather Rotunda, St. Cloud, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup crisp rice cereal
  • FILLING:
  • 4 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated lime peel
  • Confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 piece (calculated without additional confectioners' sugar) equals 172 calories, 8 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 50 mg cholesterol, 68 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy; gradually beat in flour until crumbly. Stir in cereal. Press into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until lightly browned.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, coconut, juices, flour and peels until frothy. Pour over the hot crust. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. Dust with confectioners' sugar; cut into bars. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Coconut Citrus Bars in Simple & Delicious February/March 2011, p35

Nutritional Facts

1 piece (calculated without additional confectioners' sugar) equals 172 calories, 8 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 50 mg cholesterol, 68 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

Reviews for Coconut Citrus Bars

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Reviewed Aug. 15, 2014

If this was called a lemon-coconut bar I could have given it 5 stars. I got no taste of the orange or lime. Also, if I make it again, I'll make 1 1/2 times the filling recipe.

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Reviewed Apr. 10, 2013

Really liked the buttery flavor of the crust blending with the sparkle of flavor from the 3 citrus! I used Sunny D Tangy Original-not sure if it makes a difference, but these are NOT your average lemon bar type bars! I also did not sprinkle powdered sugar on them because I made these for Ladie's Bible Study and the women tend to shy away from anything messy like powdered sugar. I prefer them WITH the powdered sugar!

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Reviewed Mar. 7, 2013

@velazco6 I also have a child who can't eat coconut due to allergies but loves citrus. I'm simply going to omit the coconut and watch the bake time.

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Reviewed Mar. 7, 2013

Sounds like a yummy treat. Any suggestions on what to substitute for the 1 cup of coconut? I have a child who loves citrus but can not eat coconut.

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Reviewed Aug. 25, 2012

I am just a average housewife who like to cook and try new recipes. I guess I should have read this one through before starting what is "frothy"? I search this site and others for a definition for clear directions. A fellow review helped some, but I thought these were not worth the time and trouble. They tasted fair. Also if you make these use a EXTRA Large bowl or get splattered. Mine was just large.

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