Luscious Lemon Cookie Bars

After a grueling week of my son's baseball games and other family activities, I finally got to spend some time in the kitchen this weekend. I had some lemons that needed to be used, so I settled on making these Luscious Lemon Cookie Bars. In this house, if it's not chocolate, it's not considered dessert. I had my work cut out for me in making these tempting enough for my family to eat them.
 Here's what you need to make these Luscious Lemon Cookie Bars: flour, sugar, lemon zest, ground almonds, softened butter, brown sugar, baking powder, eggs, toasted coconut (optional), lemon juice and powdered sugar (not pictured).
Start by mixing up the cookie crust ingredients: 1 1/3 cup flour, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 Tbsp. lemon zest, and ground almonds.

Add in the softened butter and mix until crumbly. Press into a 9x9-inch baking pan. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 20-24 minutes or until golden.

Meanwhile, begin stirring together the brown sugar, 1/4 cup white sugar, baking powder and flour. Add in the eggs, 2 Tbsp. lemon zest and lemon juice. Stir in toasted coconut, if desired. Whisk the ingredients until all the sugar is dissolved.

Pour over the crust. Return to oven and bake for about 15 minutes, or until the filling is set.

Remove from oven to cool.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar and allow to cool completely in pan.

I made a mark so I would know which side I sprinkled the toasted coconut on. Certain members of my family will not touch coconut with a 10 foot pole.

Luscious Lemon Cookie Bars
(adapted from Allrecipes.com)

Crust
1 1/3 cups flour
1/4 cup white sugar
1 Tbsp. lemon zest
1/3 cup ground almonds
1/2 cup softened butter

Filling
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 Tbsp. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
2 eggs
2 Tbsp. lemon zest
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/3 cup flaked coconut, toasted (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine dry ingredients for the crust, then add in lemon zest and softened butter. Mix until crumbly. Pat into a 9x9 inch baking pan. Bake for 20-24 minutes, until golden brown. While cookie crust is baking, stir together brown sugar, white sugar, flour, and baking powder. Whisk in the eggs, lemon zest, lemon juice and coconut, stirring until sugars are dissolved. Pour over crust and return to oven. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until the filling is set. Remove from oven, sprinkle with powdered sugar and allow to cool completely in pan before serving.
These Luscious Lemon Cookie Bars were the perfect ratio of cookie to filling (more cookie than filling). I don't like for my lemon bars to have soggy bottoms. ;-) With the fresh lemon juice, they were not too tart either. Just right! There's no guarantee that my family will eat these up like they do chocolate chip cookies, but I was happy to introduce them to a summertime favorite of mine. Besides ice cream, do you have a favorite summer treat that your family loves?

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23 comments:

  1. These look yummy. My family is anti coconut too but it sounds interesting both ways. I think that I might have to try this out at the next family gathering...might try to eat the whole pan if I make it just for us :)

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  2. They look awesome! I love lemon desserts. I have to laugh when I read your posts because so much of what you say about your family sounds so very familiar to me! lol

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  3. I can't pass up lemon no matter how it is dressed up.

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  4. I love anything Lemon and a favorite of mine is Lemon Bars:) Need to try this! Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

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  5. Those look delicious,especially the side without the coconut :) I love lemon, so these would be awesome!

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  6. These look SO GOOD. I'd love for you to share this over at my Ginger Jamboree Link Party

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  7. Pinning! I love everything lemon!

    I am co-hosting this week on the Fluster's Creative Muster Party. Thanks for sharing your creations with us! I hope you found inspiration in all of the terrific posts.

    I host a (Not SO) Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop and a TGIF Link Party at my place -- A Peek Into My Paradise... http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/ I would love for you to link up and follow if you like what you see. =) I follow back - I love making new friends!

    I can't wait to see what you link up next week!

    Hugs, Cathy

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  8. I can almost smell them ! Looks delicious, Nici :-) Pinned and shared on Google+ today ! Thank you for sharing at our ALL MY BLOGGY FRIENDS party !

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  9. I love lemons and these sounds great. I found your blog via Southern Lovely on Show and Share.

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  10. This looks and sounds delicious!!! We would love it if you would link up at our linky party:
    http://www.lifewiththecrustcutoff.com/two-girls-and-a-party-linky-party-20/
    Live every Wednesday to Sunday.
    Hosted by:
    http://www.lifewiththecrustcutoff.com/ Parrish @ Life with the Crust Cut Off
    http://thissillygirlslife.com/ Dana @ This Silly Girl's Life
    We hope to see you there!

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  11. This looks so, so good! I love lemon desserts for summer!

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  12. These look so good! I love anything lemon. Here's my favourite lemon bar recipe:

    http://www.torontomama.ca/2013/04/the-best-lemon-bars.html

    Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Yum! I love lemon and these sound delicious!!

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  14. I love lemon in the summer. I've never thought to put coconut. I'll have to give that a try.

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  15. Hi Nici,
    These are luscious Lemon Cookie Bars, I love the lemon flavor. Hope you have a wonderful week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  16. These look delicious!!! I'm already drooling ;) I'm stopping by from Tatertots and Jello (my posts are #36 How To Repurpose a Frame and #70 Super Creamy Pancakes) Have a great weekend!

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  17. Hello Nici,

    These look absolutely delicious and
    so easy to prepare. Thanks for the
    easy to follow tutorial and recipe.

    Bear Hugs,
    Carolyn

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  18. Brilliant..dividing the coconutties from the not coconutties, lol...nothings says summer louder than lemon! Thanks for sharing Nici! I saw your delicious bars at WCFS and came over to pin it! hugs,

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  19. Love the step-by-step tutorial Nici! The bars look fabulous!

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  20. Yum! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home.
    Sherry

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  21. Looking delicious and so perfect for Summer! Thanks for sharing them at Think Tank Thursday. I featured you today!
    http://www.saving4six.com/2013/06/welcome-to-think-tank-thursday-35.html

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  22. I love lemon bars this time of year. I like the crust ingredients with the almonds in it. I booked marked this recipe. I would love it if you would share it on our BBQ Block Party.
    http://easylifemealandpartyplanning.blogspot.com/
    Hope to see you there

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  23. This post is being featured on my Lemon Love 50 recipe round up. Thanks for previously linking it to my Tasty Thursdays party. Enjoy, Nici!! Nichi
    http://mandatorymooch.blogspot.com/2013/07/fantastic-fruit-series-week-1-lemon-love.html

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