Key Lime Bars with Coconut Crust #DessertChallenge

I definitely wasn’t very creative this month with our Dessert Challenge ingredients of ย Lime and Coconut. I was self serving, though. I adore Key ย lime pie…and, of course, the hubby does not. Lemon Meringue, yes. Key Lime, no. My parents made us slushy virgin daiquiris when we were children…another foodie memory I’d forgotten till my fingers hit the keyboard. Those helped usurp lemon’s spot as my favorite dessert citrus. I was making desserts for the show house (again) and needed a non-chocolate dessert to go along with my milky way brownies (which you will see on Sunday)…and guess what came to mind? Yup, these Key Lime Bars with Coconut Crust were perfect. They’re fine with just plain ol’ lime juice if Key limes aren’t in season, or if you don’t want to substitute bottled Key lime juice for fresh.

Thanks to Sheryl, of Lady Behind the Curtain, for hosting our Dessert Challenge each month. Stay tuned as June brings one of my favorite combinations: raspberries and strawberries. But until then, I hope you’ll try these tropical inspired key lime bars with coconut crust. I could have eaten the whole batch myself!

Lady Behind the Curtain Dessert Challenge

Key Lime Pie Bars with Coconut Crustโ€ฆ#DessertChallenge

  • 1 1/2 cups crushed graham crackers
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter (melted)
  • 1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lime zest
  • 2/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  1. Combine the crumbs, coconut and sugar; add butter and blend well. Press onto the bottom of an 8 x 8 inch pan lined with non stick foil (leave enough excess on two sides for easy removal).
  2. Bake at 350ยบ for 8 minutes. Cool on wire rack. Keep oven on.
  3. Beat egg yolks and zest on high till thick, about 5 minutes. Lower mixer speed and slowly add the sweetened condensed milk. Return mixer speed to high and beat 3 more minutes, Add in lime juice and mix till combined.
  4. Pour filling over crust and bake for 10 minutes. Cool, then refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight before serving.

Yield: 16 bars

    Total time: up to 24 hours with overnight chill


      1. The crust sounds divine! Love when happy memories pop up like that.

      2. miss messy says:

        Sounds amazing i loveeee coconut. What a great combination and looks simple enough to ๐Ÿ™‚

      3. Put the lime in the coconut and EAT it all up! ๐Ÿ™‚

      4. Be still my heart. I’ll eat Bill’s share. This is one where he and Dudette aren’t alike. She’ll take his share too!

      5. steph@stephsbitebybite says:

        This sounds so fresh…does that even make sense? LOL

      6. Yes, please, and you might as well bring be a double portion!!! Your pics are always awesome too!

      7. Your bars are beautiful! Lime and coconut make such a great combination!

      8. What perfect looking slices!

      9. I am soooo going to do this this weekend! ๐Ÿ˜€ They look just perfect! ๐Ÿ˜€

      10. I love the idea of a coconut crust for a light, summery dessert like this! Your bars look so delicious and perfectly square, Liz!

      11. Coconut crust and lime cream sounds like heaven to me!

      12. Love the twist of the Key lime pie in a bar and that coconut crust sounds great. Very rare I see actual Key limes in my area.

      13. Lovely bars, the lime filling looks luscious!

      14. Sometimes I think as bloggers we go out of our way to be creative when sometimes the simplest recipe is still the best. Like these key lime bars. Hard to beat that!

      15. Liz.
        My friend, your bars are always different and delicious. I do not know by now I liked more. This is very appealing to my taste. I love them!!!! xo

      16. Happier Than A Pig in Mud says:

        Wow, very pretty and I’m sure they went fast:@)

      17. Sooo glad you shared this recipe, Liz. It’s like an American classics dessert, right? Somehow it’s nostalgic of the sweets my mother-in-law made for my husband. (She was a talented baker – like you!)

      18. These bars are beautiful and also full of great flavors…I love the combination of citrus and coconut.

      19. I love key lime pie. My daughter-in-law doesn’t like it either like your DH. It’s a bit more difficult to make a good low-carb key lime pie.

      20. Hotly Spiced says:

        Lizzy – it seems to me there’s a long list of things your husband won’t eat. I would love these as lime or lemon desserts are some of my favourites but my Archie won’t eat any citrus dessert. Who wouldn’t like lemon curd? It’s unbelievable xx

      21. I don’t know how anyone could pass these up! They look and sound heavenly. I’ve been craving coconut as of late, so I might have to make these soon! Thank you for sharing, Liz!

      22. This looks so good! And I love it that you have used flaked coconuts for the bottom crust! Must have smelt incredibly good! And I love citrus! These looks pretty addictive to me!

      23. Coconut and lime…I love the combo! This must be very delicious, Liz.

      24. These look awesome — I love any sort of “bar” desserts. They are always delicious! I really enjoy key limes as well.

      25. Looks beautiful. I do like the coconut in the crust–it gives it such a fun texture.

      26. carol | a cup of mascarpone says:

        Everything about these has my mouth watering! They look so delicious, and love the coconut crust! Have a beautiful Mother’s Day, Liz!

      27. How can someone not like key lime pie? I guess it’s possible, just unimaginable. ๐Ÿ™‚ Love the twist with the coconut crust. I could eat a whole tray of these!

      28. These look so scrumptious, Liz! I am in love with the idea of a coconut crust!

      29. These sound gorgeously simple and effective. Bookmarked! I’m a big fan of both lemon and lime in pies, so I know I’m going to enjoy these (probably a little too much!)

      30. I used to live in Key Largo, Florida and of course had many a piece of Key Lime pie as everyone had Key Limes growing in their yard. I like the use of coconut in the crust or your bars.

      31. Sorry, I meant to say “the crust of your bars”. ๐Ÿ™‚

      32. Love coconut and key lime alone or together. Such great flavors! These look awesome! I just bought a little indoor key lime tree and can’t wait until it has fruit.

      33. I adore key lime pie…. It was my birthday dessert of choice over cake this year. I love the coconut crust you have going on here. ๐Ÿ™‚

      34. Lora @cakeduchess says:

        You deserve to spoil you a little with this delightful dessert. My kids would be very happy. They look so, so good, Lizzy xx

      35. I love key lime desserts and these sound fabulous! They look so fresh and pretty!

      36. these bars look so pretty ! love your clicks.


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