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Coconut-Lime Bars

  • prep: 20 mins
    total time: 1 hour
  • yield: Makes 2 dozen
Photography: Romulo Yanes

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted, plus more for baking pan
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lime zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 package (7 ounces) sweetened shredded coconut

Cook's Note

Store cookies in an airtight container, up to 1 week.

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter a 9-inch square baking pan; line with parchment, leaving a 2-inch overhang on two sides. Butter parchment. In a large bowl, whisk butter, brown sugar, and 1/3 cup granulated sugar. Add 1 egg; whisk until smooth. Stir in 1 cup flour, salt, nuts, and lime zest. Spread batter in pan. Bake until top is set and very light golden, 15 to 18 minutes.

  2. Step 2

    Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together 2/3 cup granulated sugar, 2 eggs, and vanilla. Reserve 1/2 cup coconut; stir remaining coconut and 1 cup flour into egg mixture. Gently spread over base; top with reserved coconut. Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs attached, 25 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack. Using parchment, lift cake from pan and cut into 24 bars.

Source
Everyday Food, December 2011

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