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Coconut Macadamia Nut Bars on a white ceramic plate on a checkered napkin

Coconut Macadamia Nut Bars

 I’ve been baking up these decadent Coconut Macadamia Nut Bars for years as part of the holiday cookie trays I distribute to friends and neighbors.

With a layer of shortbread topped with chewy coconut and nut filling, these Coconut Bars are destined to become one of your favorite cookie bars!

Coconut Macadamia Nut Bars on a white ceramic plate on a checkered napkin

Coconut Macadamia Nut Bars

Macaroons, coconut cupcakes, coconut bars I love them all.  My love affair with coconut started as a girl.  My mom submitted a recipe for Mounds Bars for my first grade cookbook: think graham cracker crust with a chewy coconut middle and a chocolate topping. I’m going to have to blog about those yummy devils soon., but these Coconut Macadamia Nut Bars are a new favorite!

Three Coconut Macadamia Nut Bars stacked on a white plate

Tips for Making Coconut Bars

I always include something coconut with my holiday trays and this shortbread based bar is topped with a chewy, nutty coconut topping. 

  • Pulse your crust ingredients in the food processor. Watch carefully until the butter pieces are the size of small peas or less. These little butter bits will make for a tender crust.
  • Use sweetened coconut like angel flake. I have not tested with unsweetened coconut.
  • PRO-Tip: Line your baking pan with non-stick foil. This will prevent the sweet filling from sticking to the sides of the pan.
  • Plus, the nonstick foil provides a “sling” for removing the cooled coconut bars to a cutting board. It’s much easier to slice them when they’re not still in the pan.
  • Remember to reduce the oven temperature as directed in the recipe. If you forget, your coconut bar edges will be dark, though still tasty!

Don’t wait till the holidays to bake up a batch of these delectable coconut bars. If you love bar cookies, check out the Best Bar Cookie Recipes in my recipe index. Another fan favorite are these Easy Meringue Cookies.

Coconut Macadamia Nut Bars in a leaf shaped ceramic bowl

2010 photo

More Coconut Desserts You’ll Love:

These super easy Chewy Coconut Cookies are always a hit and I’m also a huge fan of these Chocolate Dipped Macaroons.  And truly my favorite coconut dessert are these ultra rich Cream Cheese Frosted Coconut Cupcakes!

If you’re not in the mood to turn on your oven, this dreamy No-Bake Coconut Cream Lush Cake fits the bill. Or how about adding some coconut to a fruit crisp? This Blackberry Coconut Crisp is calling my name!



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Coconut Macadamia Nut Bars on a white ceramic plate on a checkered napkin

Coconut Macadamia Nut Bars

Chewy coconut macadamia nut bars adapted from Gourmet magazine

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 10 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 24 bars 1x
  • Category: Dessert, Bar Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American



  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 sticks cold butter, cut into pieces
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar

Coconut topping::

  • 1/2 half stick butter (1/4 cup)
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup canned coconut cream (I use Coco Lopez)
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 2/3 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 1/3 cup macadamia nuts, large pieces halved


  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Grease or line 9 x 13-inch pan with nonstick foil.
  2. In food processor, pulse together flour, 2 sticks of butter and powdered sugar till butter is the size of small peas and mixture resembles cornmeal. Pat into bottom of prepared pan (the dough will be crumbly). Bake 20 minutes.
  3. Melt the half stick of butter in a saucepan. Remove from heat. Add brown sugar,and stir till dissolved. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Pour topping over crust. Reduce oven temperature to 325º and bake about 40-50 minutes till bars are lightly browned.
  4. Cut into bars when cool. These freeze well.

coconut macadamia nut bars pin collage

Lambeau, our first pup, circa 2010

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19 comments on “Coconut Macadamia Nut Bars”

  1. Lizzy, I adore coconut, and these bars looks scrumptious!!!! I am going to have to make this recipe!!!!

    Give Lambeau a tickle under the chin from me and tell her that she looks so beautiful standing in the snow!!!

  2. Lizzydo, these look spectacular. What beautiful pictures, too. I love macadamia nuts.

  3. Look at all that snow! I love the pictures of your puppy throughout the page. Mmmm macadamia. Now there’s an ingredient that doesn’t get enough love. Looks great!

  4. I love everything coconut, and not to mention it’s combined with macadamia! Gorgeous!

  5. Thanks, everyone, for all the lovely comments! And Lambeau is beaming with pride from all the attention 🙂

  6. What festive pictures and this tropical delight is perfect for us Floridians!

  7. Can you send some of your weather up our way, Pegasuslegend? Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  8. I am a huge fan of coconut…and who doesn’t love those macadamia nuts? These bars look and sound perfect. I hope that you are having such a wonderful week of holiday celebration. Thanks for sharing, my sweet friend!

  9. I have to have this! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  10. Thanks, Monette….they are truly delish!

  11. This looks great! Thanks so much for the idea…and the Sugar Rush!

  12. Dear Lizzy, you know how I love coconut. These bars sound irresistible…such a wonderful treat. Blessings dear, Catherine xo

  13. two of my favorites and now I will imagine being in Hawaii eating these two great flavors!

  14. I see that this is an old recipe and I don’t know how I missed it but now I totally want to low-carbify it!

  15. Oh my gosh, these look completely drool-worthy! I’ve printed this one out for my Christmas goodies!! Gorgeous treats 🙂

  16. these look fantastic you know I Love coconut and these are a must make!!

  17. My new favorite sweet treat!

  18. This was really amazing! Everyone in my house loved it!

  19. We can’t get enough of these so delish!

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