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Key Lime Coconut Bar Recipe

Come Party With Me: Technicolor Luau — Dessert

When I hear the word luau, I immediately think of a creamy, cool coconut dessert. This recipe is just that; it combines two favorite pie flavors — key lime and coconut — into one fabulous finger-friendly dessert.

Key lime-coconut bars are ideal for a Saturday night bash. They must be made in advance, are bite-sized and easy to eat, and with their dusting of confectioners sugar and lime zest, look pretty delightful!

Sound scrumptious? Get the recipe.

Key Lime Coconut Bars

Key Lime Coconut Bars

Key Lime Coconut Bars


1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar, plus more for dusting tops
6 large egg yolks
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut in small pieces
2 cans (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
4 teaspoons grated key lime or regular lime zest, plus more for garnish (optional)
1 cup key lime or regular lime juice


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spread coconut on a rimmed baking sheet, and toast until golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes, tossing every 2 minutes to ensure even browning. Remove from oven; transfer to a plate to cool.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour and sugar, and add half the toasted coconut. Using two knives or a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the flour-coconut mixture until it resembles coarse meal. Pat mixture into a 9-by-13-inch pan, and bake until golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Allow to cool slightly.
  3. Meanwhile, beat together egg yolks and condensed milk with a whisk until thick.
  4. Gradually beat in lime zest and juice
  5. Pour into cooled crust, sprinkle with remaining toasted coconut, and bake until just hot, 6 to 8 minutes.
  6. Cool completely, then chill until ready to serve. Cut into six 2 1/3-inch rows; cut rows on a diagonal to form diamonds. Before serving, sprinkle with confectioners' sugar, and garnish with lime zest, if desired.

Makes 24.

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Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
ack.... question. the 2 can sweetened condensed milk 14 ozs. Does that mean 2 cans equaling 14 ounces or 2 14 oz cans?
Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
Looks scrumptious!!! Definetly baking it for the BBQ this weekend :)
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