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, piña colada… Now hold that thought.

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!

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.

Lime is such a wonderful, underutilized flavor, if you love it like I do you’ll want to try my Tangy Lime Bars.

Coconut Lime Squares

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  1. Set oven to 350F
  2. Whisk the dry ingredients together in a bowl and set aside.
  3. 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.
  4. Mix in the dry ingredients until thoroughly combined. Fold in the coconut.
  5. Spread in an 8x8 pan that has been lined with parchment paper with overhanging edges for easy removal. (Or lightly grease the pan)
  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes until lightly golden and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
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21 Comments

  • Reply
    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
    vanillasugarblog
    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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    grace
    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!

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    blueberrykitchen
    April 5, 2013 at 3:03 pm

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

  • Reply
    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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    Averie @ Averie Cooks
    April 4, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Coconut flour. Lime glaze. You have me at hello.

    turquoise sea meets an equally unbroken strip of azure sky, pina coladas, <-- yes, I am sooo there :)

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    katrina hall
    April 4, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Those look gorgeous!

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    shannon weber
    April 5, 2013 at 3:17 am

    but what if i’m still holding that thought wishing that i had made these bars already and were still sitting under palm trees?!?! WHAT DO I DO?!?!
    Solution: next year we go to florida at the same time and not weeks apart. we’ll eat these. And i think i’ve never had a pina colada, so we can do that too.

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    annie@mostlovelythings
    April 5, 2013 at 2:01 am

    my mouth is watering…that’s so unfair! Just kidding…they look amazing!!

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    The Café Sucré Farine
    April 4, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    I can see how these could transport you to an exotic place, yum, they look wonderful!

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    From Beyond My Kitchen Window
    April 5, 2013 at 1:38 am

    Lime and coconut, does it get anymore tropical. These look delicious.

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    belleau kitchen
    April 4, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    coconut and lime… the perfect combo and I love all the dripping icing, gorgeous!

  • Reply
    Abbe Odenwalder
    April 4, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    The tropics are looking mighty fine! This one looks like a keeper!

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    Tricia Buice
    April 4, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    I still have some coconut flour – this would be a good way to use it up! Where are the beach photos???? Looks like a great dessert.

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    La Table De Nana
    April 4, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    MMM.. coconut flour?

    Just finely ground coconut?

    I miss Florida:)These look great Sue.

    • Reply
      Sue/the view from great island
      April 4, 2013 at 5:33 pm

      I believe it is finely ground coconut, although it would have to be dried. When you finely grind fresh coconut it turns into coconut milk!

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