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Toasted Coconut Lemon Bars combine the tangy brightness of classic lemon bars with the tropical sweetness of toasted coconut, resulting in a delightful twist on a beloved dessert favorite. This indulgent treat features a buttery crust as the foundation, topped with a luscious layer of lemon filling infused with zesty lemon juice and fragrant lemon zest. The addition of toasted coconut adds a layer of nutty flavor and irresistible crunch, elevating the bars to new heights of deliciousness. Finished with a dusting of powdered sugar, these bars are as visually appealing as they are delectable. Whether served as a refreshing dessert at summer gatherings or enjoyed as a special treat any time of year, Toasted Coconut Lemon Bars are sure to captivate your taste buds and leave you craving more.

Ingredients:

For the Crust:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • Pinch of salt

For the Filling:

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  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice (about 2-3 lemons)
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut, toasted
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting

Instructions:

1. Preheat the Oven:

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish with butter or line it with parchment paper.

2. Toast the Coconut:

  • Spread the shredded coconut evenly on a baking sheet.
  • Toast in the preheated oven for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the coconut turns golden brown. Watch it closely to prevent burning. Once toasted, remove from the oven and set aside to cool.

3. Prepare the Crust:

  • In a mixing bowl, combine the softened butter, powdered sugar, flour, and a pinch of salt. Mix until well combined and crumbly.
  • Press the crust mixture evenly into the bottom of the prepared baking dish.
  • Bake the crust in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until lightly golden brown.

4. Make the Filling:

  • In another mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs and granulated sugar until smooth.
  • Add the flour, lemon juice, and lemon zest to the egg mixture and whisk until well combined and smooth.
  • Stir in the toasted shredded coconut until evenly distributed.

5. Bake the Bars:

  • Pour the lemon-coconut filling over the baked crust, spreading it out evenly.
  • Return the baking dish to the oven and bake for an additional 20-25 minutes, or until the filling is set and the edges are lightly golden brown.

6. Cool and Serve:

  • Remove the pan from the oven and allow the bars to cool completely in the pan.
  • Once cooled, dust the top of the bars with powdered sugar.
  • Use a sharp knife to cut the bars into squares or rectangles.
  • Serve and enjoy these delicious Toasted Coconut Lemon Bars as a delightful dessert or snack!

These bars offer a perfect balance of tangy lemon flavor with the sweetness of toasted coconut, making them a refreshing treat for any occasion.

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