Lemon Coconut Bars

I made Lemon Coconut Bars for the Richmond Community Kitchen Open House. These Lemon Coconut Bars are ultra sweet and you should enjoy it only once in a blue moon. I thought it should be perfect for potluck where each person will only try a small piece.


The Lemon Coconut Bar is rich with coconut aroma and lemon flavour. The base of the bar is crispy while the top is chewy. It is a bit too sweet even for my sweet tooth. I would recommend to reduce the sugar by half a cup each for the crust and filing.




  • 1 cup margarine, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar (I would recommend to reduce by 1/2 cup)
  • 2 cups flour


  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice
  • grated lemon rinds from two lemons
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar (I would recommend to reduce by 1/2 cup)
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder


Click on the link below for the instructions.


Preheat the oven to 350F.

_MG_5407_edited-1For the crust, mix margarine, powdered sugar and flour in a large bowl.
_MG_5410_edited-1Spread the crust mixture in a 15″ x 10″ jelly roll pan. I use a baking sheet which is too shallow for this recipe. I believe the jelly roll pan has a higher edge, is that right?

Bake at 350F for 15 minutes or until pale tan.

Cool on rack.

_MG_5413_edited-1Grate the lemon zest from two lemons. Roll the lemon with your palm first before you zest the lemon so that it’s easier to juice the lemon later.
_MG_5415_edited-1Squeeze the lemon juice from the zested lemon. I find the tong helps to extract more juice as I do not have strong hands.
_MG_5417_edited-1Beat the eggs well.
_MG_5419_edited-1Mix the remaining ingredients with the egg mixtures.
_MG_5421_edited-1Pour the filing mixtures over the cooled crust.

Bake in a 350F for 25 minutes.

_MG_5422_edited-1Cool and cut into bars.

This recipe yields 36 bars or more, depending on the size you divide the bars.

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  1. ae

    haven’t tried it, but looks good 🙂

  2. Jan Pellikka

    I just came across the chowtimes.com site last night and thought I’d try the Lemon Coconut Bars. I see no baking powder in the list of ingredients but see a jar of baking powder in the photo of the ingredients. Should the recipe have baking powder? If so how much?

  3. Suanne

    Hi Jan Pellikka, thanks for pointing it out, I missed out the 1 teaspoon of baking powder in the filing.

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