Lemon Coconut Squares Recipe
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Lemon Coconut Squares Recipe

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The tangy lemon flavor of this no-fuss bar dessert is especially delicious on a warm day. It reminds me of selling lemonade on the sidewalk as a little girl. —Donna Biddle, Elmira, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 48 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3/4 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup flaked coconut

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 82 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 46mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, combine flour and confectioners' sugar; cut in the butter until crumbly. Press into a lightly greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in another small bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, lemon juice and baking powder until combined. Pour over crust; sprinkle with coconut.
  3. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into squares. Yield: 4 dozen.
Originally published as Lemon Coconut Squares in Quick Cooking May/June 1998, p51

Sweet White Wine

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

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Martha Ensminger User ID: 2245457 246224
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2016

"Made these delicious lemon squares. The coconut and lemon flavors went very well together. I made the recipe as is and was very pleased. I used desiccated coconut which was all I had. I prefer using the desiccated coconut over the flaked coconut because the texture is much better. Every one liked them, especially those who like lemon."

pskall User ID: 8775380 244068
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2016

"I added 1 T grated coconut to filling and some lemon grated peel. 1/4 conf sugar to the egg mi and lemon peel. put coconut under the broiler then sprinkled with conf sugar (also 1T flour) to the egg mixture. yummy"

Sharonhackett User ID: 8395909 240019
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2015

"Oh my - I loved these. I think they are perfect as is. I may have overcooked them slightly. They are a flat little bar. Which is nice because they are quite lemony.

Next time I'll watch more carefully . They got a little too brown after 25 minutes , but were still delicious. Unfortunately I still ate more than half of them myself
Ok two thirds :0)
Thank you for this recipe
I can't wait to bring it somewhere!"

MOTCook User ID: 7688063 222927
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2015

"I added 1 tsp of grated lemon peel to the crust and 1 tsp of grated lemon peel to the filling. These were a big hit with my husband and my coworkers. I will definitely make these again!!"

keverwann User ID: 1807985 222447
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2015

"Made using some coconut in the crust and more sprinkled on top for the last couple minutes to toast. Halved the recipe and made it in an 8x8 glass pan. Used 3 Tbsp lemon juice 1 Tbsp orange juice for the 1/4 cup lemon juice it called for. Added about 1 tsp orange zest to the batter too. Sprinkled the top with powdered sugar after taking it out of the oven at the very end. Turned out yummy, but all the layers were very thin."

carachristiana User ID: 4466584 218829
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2015

"These were pretty simple to make and turned out delicious! I like them a little more lemony so I added lemon zest to the filling. Also, I waited until about 5 minutes from being done to add the coconut on the top and moved the rack from the center of oven up one so the coconut could get just a little toasted. After they cooled, I sprinkled powdered sugar on top. My husband liked them warm but I think they are even better cold the next day.

I think I am going to try these with lime also!"

dolcha User ID: 4750178 47647
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2014

"These are great! My kids don't like coconut so I left it out and sprinkled powder sugar on top after it cools slightly."

5173nancy User ID: 6947323 25634
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2014

"Great lemon bar! Family loved them! I increased flour in crust as suggested in previous reviews and it turned out great! Can't eat just one. :)"

haliwa90 User ID: 6474188 51005
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2014

"Delicious! I made a few changes based on a similar recipe and comments about the thin crust. I used 2 c flour, 1 c confectioner sugar and 2 sticks (1 c) butter for the crust to make a thicker crust. I added the zest of 1 lemon to the filling. 1 lemon did not yield 1/2 c of juice so I added orange juice to make 1/2 c. I would cook filling til lightly brown to ensure filling is done. Cool in fridge about 2 hours to ensure cleanly cut squares. I got lots of compliments and requests for the recipe. The thicker crust is really good."

ajd009 User ID: 2393464 79405
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2013

"These were good but I agree with others that it doesn't look like the photo. The photo actually looks like powdered sugar has been sprinkled on top, which isn't part of the recipe. My bars didn't come out as thick as the photo. I may try these bars again but I will use a 9x9 pan and scale back the crust quantity to accommodate the smaller pan. I actually used lime juice instead of lemon, it worked pretty well and definitely worked with the coconut."

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