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Coconut Citrus Bars

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: 15 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 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 sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated lime zest
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. 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.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat eggs, sugar, coconut, juices, flour and zests until frothy. Pour over hot crust. Bake 18-22 minutes longer or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. If desired, dust with confectioners' sugar; cut into bars. Store in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 172 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 68mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.
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  • Marykauhi
    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.

    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!

  • rose1138
    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.

  • velazco6
    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.

  • Dianaore
    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.

  • dschultz01
    Jun 10, 2011

    Very good! Made them on Memorial Day and got many compliments. Will definitely make them again!

  • RaOwBe
    May 22, 2011

    Very tasty!

  • cloreep
    Mar 13, 2011

    These Citrus Bars were SOOO good! I made them for a group of ladies at our church and they were a hit! I like lemon bars, but these were SO MUCH BETTER!! My kids ate them up as well!

  • Ender2006
    Mar 8, 2011

    Made these this weekend since I'm a big fan of citrus and coconut just sealed the deal. Worked perfectly and this was one of the most perfect crusts . Dense but not overly paste/flour tasting.CindyMN - make sure you used softened and not melted butter. Cookie dough texture sounds like too much butter (would explain long cook time) or too little flour/sugar. Stir in the rice crispies last. Other than that I would just check the amounts and use correctly sized measuring cups not a pitcher with side labels etc. as it worked pretty much exactly as described for me. Cooked for 16 minutes to light golden color.When mixing the filling I found frothy to be a mediocre description. You need a really big bowl for this and a high speed mixer. The best you're going to get is kinda bubbly in 4-5 minutes. I had to cook the filling longer than indicated 22-25minutes.PS. grease and flour the pan - makes life much simpler.Loved the complex citrus taste of this recipe. Meyer lemon imitation.

  • CindyMN
    Feb 10, 2011

    Wanted to brighten up the day, since the high is supposed to be 10 degrees, so was looking forward to making these. I LOVE anything citrus. BUT don't know what I did wrong. Crust never became crumbly, more like cookie dough so I went with it. Seemed OK. But the topping splatted stickiness everywhere as I tried to make it frothy. Bake the bars nearly an extra 16 minutes to get them to set up and 'lightly brown'. They do taste nice, but not my best effort. Hope someone else figures it out.