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Lime Coconut Bars

 Lime Coconut Bars
When I was planning a menu for a luau party, I found this refreshing dessert in my mother's recipe collection. Sometimes I'll garnish each bar with a dab of whipped cream and a small slice of lime. -Mary Jane Jones, Williamstown, West Virginia
16 ServingsPrep: 35 min. Bake: 20 min.


  • 3/4 cup finely crushed crisp sugar cookies
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2-1/4 cups flaked coconut
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons yellow cornmeal
  • Pinch salt
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime peel
  • Confectioners' sugar


  • Place the crushed cookies in a bowl. Cut in butter until mixture
  • resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in coconut; set aside 1 cup for
  • topping. Press the remaining mixture into a greased 8-in. square
  • baking dish. Bake at 350° for 13-15 minutes or until golden
  • brown.
  • Meanwhile, for filling, combine the butter, sugar, lime juice,
  • cornmeal and salt in a heavy saucepan. Cook and stir over low heat
  • until sugar is dissolved and cornmeal is softened, about 10 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat.
  • In a small bowl, lightly beat the egg yolks. Stir a small amount of

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Lime Coconut Bars (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • hot lime mixture into the yolks; return all to the pan, stirring
  • constantly. Cook and stir until a thermometer reads 160° and
  • mixture coats the back of a metal spoon, about 20 minutes. Remove
  • from the heat; stir in lime peel.
  • Pour over the crust; sprinkle with reserved coconut mixture. Bake at
  • 350° for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely on
  • a wire rack. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Yield: 16 bars.
Editor's Note: The cornmeal is used as a thickener in the filling.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 189 calories, 12 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 67 mg cholesterol, 113 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.