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Lime and Coconut Crumble Bars

Lime and Coconut Crumble Bars

I’m always up for making a new bar cookie recipe. As much as I like regular drop cookies, bar cookies usually take even less time to make because everything goes into one dish. I suppose that you have to wait longer for them to cool (unless you don’t mind the first piece or two crumbling apart) than with individual cookies, but when I’m pressed for time, it’s the prep that I want to cut down on and not the cooling. That said, these Lime and Coconut Crumble Bars are well worth making whether you want to bake something in a hurry or have a whole afternoon to spend in the kitchen.

These are very delicious, and even more so if you are a fan of key lime pie, since they really remind me of the flavors of that dessert. The bars have a crumbly, shortbread-like bottom layer and a crispy streusel topping. Both start with the same crumbly dough mixture that contains butter, brown sugar, oats and shredded coconut. The middle layer of these bars is made with sweetened condensed milk and fresh lime juice. It has the same tangy flavor and creamy texture as a key lime pie does! The oats and coconut toast up beautifully as these bars bake, so the finished dish is a great combination of flavors and textures.

These are good at room temperature, but if you’re making these during the spring or summer when it’s hot, they can actually be quite refreshing if you chill them before serving. Plus, they store a little better in the refrigerator when it’s very hot outside, although they do just fine when stored at a normal or cool room temperature.

Lime and Coconut Crumble Bars
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup rolled oats, whole or quick cooking
1/2 cup shredded coconut, sweetened or unsweetened
1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
2 tsp lime zest

Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9×9-inch baking pan with aluminum foil and grease lightly.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Add in flour, baking powder and salt and mix until everything comes together in a crumbly mixture and flour is evenly distributed. Mix in oats and coconut. Mixture will be somewhat dry and sandy.
In a medium bowl, whisk together sweetened condensed milk, lime juice and lime zest.
Put 2 cups of the oat mixture into the bottom of prepared baking dish and press firmly into an even layer. Pour lime mixture on top and spread evenly. Crumble all remaining oat mixture over the top of the lime mixture, covering it completely.
Bake for 30-35 minutes, until golden brown.
Cool completely on a wire rack before cutting into squares.

Makes 25 squares.

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17 Comments
  • Mackenzie@The Caramel Cookie
    February 19, 2010

    These look so good! I love tropical flavors!

  • Jen
    February 19, 2010

    These look great. I rarely make fruit bars but I’m def going to have to make these.

  • Sophia
    February 19, 2010

    Oh my, these look so very yummy!

  • Cheryl
    February 20, 2010

    These sound amazing! Lime and coconut together = you cant go wrong!

  • Wendy Lin
    February 21, 2010

    this is great!

  • Sweets By Vicky
    February 22, 2010

    I love the flavour combo! I’ve never seen a bar cookie with lime and coconut before. Bar cookies are scary for me! I have a chronic fear that they may crumble on me!

  • RobbieLee at Chickiedee
    February 22, 2010

    These look fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • cookeaze
    February 22, 2010

    I LOVE this recipe. I’ve started making all of your recipes as soon as you post them and will keep following it..

  • Aim
    February 23, 2010

    Made these today. I used Key Lime juice instead of ‘regular’ lime juice. OMG…so yummy! I love all your recipes. They always turn out so well and are easy to make. Keep up the great baking!

  • Kristin
    February 25, 2010

    I’m just a little giddy to find all these yummy looking bar recipes!! Wow! I initially visited your site to learn more about freezing bread dough, and have found a treasure trove of so much more. Thank you!

  • Ashley
    February 26, 2010

    These bars look insanely good. I love how much crust and crumble there is!

  • Double Dipped Life
    March 3, 2010

    My dad’s favorite song is “Put the lime in the coconut”… for years I thought he was making it up! I’ll have to make these in honor of my dad!

  • Carole
    March 25, 2010

    Made these last week and they were so delicious! I love coconut with citrus. I posted my results on my site if you want to check it out! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

  • megan
    May 4, 2010

    I’ve been looking for a lime cocnut bar and these look delicious and simple!

  • Lisa
    September 11, 2010

    I made these and they came out amazing. Thanks for a wonderful recipe. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2010/08/i-found-recipe-for-these-bars-on-baking.html

  • sandhya
    August 7, 2013

    I made these last night the kids (19 and 15) loved them!

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