These Key Lime Coconut Bars are loaded with bright, tropical flavors…and they make for one heck of a delicious summer dessert!
Here we are. Smack in the middle of the dog days of summer. Contrary to popular opinion, it actually does get pretty hot here in upstate New York. Granted, maybe it’s not the “melt the bottom of your shoes” heat that I’m used to from my days in Louisiana and Atlanta. And sure, the heat only lasts for a couple of weeks before we head off into Fall temperatures. But that’s ok…I’ve been soaking in this July heat and loving it! Oh, and what exactly are the dog days of summer? I know my dogs don’t really enjoy the super hot days. I’m sure I could search the interwebs for an answer, but I find it more fun to just guess at the meaning! Speaking of summer fun, there’s something about the heat that just makes me crave tropical flavors. Say hello to these Key Lime Coconut Bars! These citrus-y treats are one of my latest dessert addictions, and they’re the perfect sweet treat to enjoy at the end of a hot summer day.
Earlier this summer, I made this delicious Classic Key Lime Pie. While I was standing in the kitchen squeezing these tiny little Key limes, it made me wonder why we don’t use Key limes more often. Don’t get me wrong, the Key Lime Pie is a summer staple, and deservedly so…but we need to share the Key lime love with other summer desserts! That’s when it hit me. What if I take my Lemon Coconut Bars, and just replace the lemon with Key lime? I filed this way in the corner of my brain labeled “Do This Later.” (That corner of my brain is getting kinda cluttered lately…does anyone else have this problem?) Well, later arrived and so did these Key Lime Coconut Bars. And woah are they delicious!
The best part of these Key Lime Coconut Bars is that they are served chilled. This means that you can make them ahead and just pull ’em out later with no effort. You can make them the day before and store them in the fridge overnight. Heck, you can even make ’em in the middle of the night. Standing in your kitchen with your pj’s on. I won’t judge. Ok, maybe making Key Lime Coconut Bars at 2:30am is a little strange, but I still won’t judge. No matter when you decide to make these treats, I can promise you that you won’t be able to eat just one! (In fact, you should probably just go ahead and make a double batch. If there are any leftovers, I’ll be happy to take them off of your hands.)
Key Lime Coconut Bars
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup powdered sugar plus more for garnishing
- ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 2 eggs beaten
- 3 tablespoons key lime juice about 8-10 key limes
- 2 teaspoons key lime zest
- ½ cup shredded coconut
- Preheat oven to 350°F and grease an 8" square baking pan.
- In a medium bowl, combine the flour and powdered sugar with melted butter. Mix until well combined. Press into the bottom of the 8" pan.
- Bake for 20 minutes at 350°F.
- Meanwhile, mix the remaining ingredients (sugar, baking powder, eggs, key lime juice, key lime zest and coconut) in a medium bowl.
- Once baked, remove crust from the oven and pour the key lime mixture on top. Bake for another 25 minutes.
- Chill before slicing. Garnish with powdered sugar just before serving.