At my house, it’s definitely not close to being spring. I absolutely love the intermountain west, but this has been a LOOOONG winter. There is NO sign of green grass here. Seriously, we are still completely covered in snow!!! I start to crave warmer days and “summer food”. So until the snow is gone, these Coconut Lime bars are helping fill my need for warmth. Travel through food when necessary, I say! You can eat these bars as soon as they are done, but I highly recommend letting them chill several hours before devouring! ~Kathy
Ingredients for Bars:
- 1 stick butter, softened (8 oz)
- 1 1/3 c. light brown sugar, packed
- 2 eggs
- ½ tsp. vanilla
- 1/2 tsp. lime zest
- 2 1/8 c. flour
- 1 ½ tsp. baking powder
- ¼ tsp. salt
- 3/4 c. coconut toasted
- 3 oz. white baking chocolate, finely chopped
Ingredients for Frosting:
- 1 pkg. cream cheese, softened (8 oz)
- ¾ c. powdered sugar
- 2 tsp. fresh squeezed lime juice
- 1 tsp. lime zest
- 4 oz. white baking chocolate, melted and slightly cooled
- ½ c. toasted coconut
Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish.
Start by making sure butter is extremely soft, just shy of melting. Mix together softened butter and brown sugar in a large bowl. Add in eggs, one at a time. Stir in vanilla and lime zest.
In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt. Add to butter mixture and mix, just until combined. Gently fold in coconut and white chocolate.
Spread the batter into prepared pan. Bake for 19-23 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
For the frosting, beat the softened cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth. Add in powdered sugar and lime juice. Mix in zest and cooled melted white chocolate, combine well. Spread over cooled bars and top with toasted coconut. Chill 4 hours or overnight before serving.