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Lemon-Coconut Bars


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  • CRUST:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut toasted, cooled
  • 6 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter - (3/4 stick) cut 1/2" cubes
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon finely-grated lemon peel - (packed)
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar


Servings 16


Step 1

For Crust: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 8- by 8- by 2-inch metal baking pan with foil, leaving overhang. Butter foil.

Combine flour, sugar, and salt in processor; blend 5 seconds. Add coconut and butter; process until mixture resembles fine meal and begins to clump together. Gather dough into ball. Press dough evenly over bottom of prepared pan. Bake crust until golden at edges, about 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare Filling: Combine 3/4 cup sugar, eggs, lemon juice, lemon peel, flour, baking powder, and salt in processor. Blend filling until smooth.

Remove crust from oven. Pour filling evenly over hot crust. Return to oven and bake until filling begins to brown at edges and is just set and springy to touch in center, about 30 minutes. Transfer pan to rack; cool lemon bars completely.

Using foil as aid, transfer lemon bars to work surface. Flatten foil edges. Cut into 16 bars. Sift powdered sugar over. (Can be made 5 days ahead. Store airtight in single layer in refrigerator.)

This recipe yields 16 bars.

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