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 make 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


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup crisp rice cereal
  • 4 large 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: 172 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 68mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (16g sugars, trace fiber), 2g protein


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. 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 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake 18-22 minutes or until lightly browned.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat eggs, sugar, coconut, juices, flour and peels until frothy. Pour over hot crust. Bake 18-22 minutes longer 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

Sweet White Wine

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

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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."

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!"

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."

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."

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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