Coconut Lime Squares

Coconut Lime Squares ~ picture it: 80 degrees in the sun, the waves are rolling rhythmically in, an unbroken strip of turquoise sea meets an equally unbroken strip of azure sky…pelicans glide silently by overhead, palm leaves rustle in the breeze, you’ve got your sunglasses, flip flops, a piña colada… Now hold that thought.

Photo of a coconut lime square on a piece of parchment paper.

I can’t claim that these tangy bars will lower your blood pressure or give you a nice tan, but for me they help extend that vacation feel a little longer. I made them between picking up the dog at the kennel and my third load of laundry. It’s hard to believe but I had my first piña colada last week in Florida. I don’t know how I managed to avoid such a lovely drink all these years!

Photo of coconut lime squares on a baking rack with glaze running down the sides.

When the craving for rum, fresh coconut, and lime hits, this is your go to dessert. Basically it’s a coconut rum blondie with a lime glaze. What could be bad about that? And like most bars and blondies, they are great for packing and sharing.

Overhead photo of a coconut lime square on a white surface.

Lime is such a wonderful, underutilized flavor, if you love it like I do you’ll want to check out these other recipes on the blog:

Photo of coconut lime squares on a wood surface.

I hope these help you hold on to that vacation just a little longer!

4.67 from 3 votes

Coconut Lime Squares

Coconut Lime Squares ~ When the craving for rum, fresh coconut, and lime hits, this is your go to dessert. Basically it's a coconut rum blondie with a lime glaze!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Yield 9 servings
Author Sue Moran


  • 1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup 1 stick unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp dark rum or 1 tsp rum extract
  • 1 tsp coconut extract optional
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut


  • 1 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar
  • juice of up to 2 limes
  • zest of 2 limes


  • Set oven to 350F
  • Whisk the dry ingredients together in a bowl and set aside.
  • Cream the butter, sugar and molasses together until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Add the rum and/or extracts.
  • Mix in the dry ingredients until thoroughly combined. Fold in the coconut.
  • Spread in an 8x8 pan that has been lined with parchment paper with overhanging edges for easy removal. (Or lightly grease the pan)
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes until lightly golden and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  • Cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then lift the blondies out of the pan with the parchment paper and finish cooling on a rack. Glaze when completely cool.
  • To make the glaze, miix the sugar with enough lime juice to make a spreadable glaze. Mix in the zest or sprinkle it on top.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

make it your own ~

  • This recipe is adaptable to all kinds of flavor combinations. You can easily swap the lime for lemon. Coconut also goes great with chocolate–if you’re a fan of that combination you could even drizzle them with a chocolate glaze or chocolate ganache instead of the lime glaze!
  • Did you know you can make your own coconut flour from flaked or shredded coconut? Try this method!


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    MD White
    April 12, 2013 at 8:28 am

    ??? Making this today. But after reading and writing the recipe, I am confused. In the directions you say: fold in the coconut. But there isn’t any coconut listed in the ingredients. {besides the coconut flour, that I believe is mixed in the dry ingredients} PLEASE advise! Thanks.

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    Elizabeth Waterson
    April 6, 2013 at 3:02 am

    The lime zest looks gorgeous on top of these bars!!

  • Reply
    April 5, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    I love baking with coconut flour!
    So refreshing to see lime, coconut posts popping up now–goodbye winter!

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    Carol | a cup of mascarpone
    April 5, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    These have to be one of the most appealing bars I have seen in a long time! Absolutely LOVE the combo of flavors! Have a beautiful weekend, Sue! xox

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    April 5, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    i’ve always been a fan of coconut and lime together, and for the record, the pina colada is my favorite boozy beverage. very nice!

  • Reply
    April 5, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    I love this idea, your lime squares look so delicious!

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    MD White
    April 5, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Dang. These look good. I need to find coconut flour. If not found here in Kenya, I’m just gonna use AP flour – or would you recommend something else?

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      Sue/the view from great island
      April 12, 2013 at 3:36 pm

      If you can get a hold of regular unsweetened dried coconut you can make your own flour in a food processor…just process until finely ground!

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    Magnolia Verandah
    April 5, 2013 at 12:07 am

    This slice looks wonderful and the photos made me wish I was on holiday somewhere drinking pina colada – might have to make this slice to get that spritz of summer.

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