These Lemon Coconut Gooey Butter Bars are buttery and gooey, with a taste of lemon and a touch of coconut. These bars are made with cake mix and a few simple ingredients.
Indulging in a heavenly dessert that combines the zesty freshness of lemon with the irresistible sweetness of coconut is an experience worth savoring. Get ready to tantalize your taste buds with these Lemon Coconut Gooey Butter Bars! These mouthwatering treats are the epitome of dessert bliss, offering a perfect balance of tanginess and tropical flavors that will leave you craving more.
Let me share with you the story behind these delectable bars. As an avid baker and lover of all things sweet, I have a penchant for transforming humble box mixes into extraordinary creations. It’s a joyous challenge for me to take a simple cake mix and turn it into something great. And that’s exactly how these Lemon Coconut Ooey Gooey Butter Cake Bars came to life.
Ingredients for these Butter Bars
You’ll need a few simple ingredients to make these butter bars. Here’s what you’ll need to gather before you get started:
- Large Eggs
- Lemon juice
- Unsalted butter
- Powdered sugar
- Cream cheese, softened
- Sweetened shredded coconut
- Yellow cake mix or Lemon Cake Mix
I’m sure you have most of these ingredients in your kitchen right now!
A few tips and tricks to keep in mind:
Be sure to let the bars cool completely before cutting into them. This will help them hold their shape and prevent the filling from oozing out. So, once the bars are finished baking, allow them to cool for about 15 minutes and place them in the refrigerator to cool the rest of the way.
Add more lemon juice to the filling if you prefer a slightly tangier flavor.
For best results, use freshly grated coconut instead of store-bought shredded coconut. It will give the bars a more intense coconut flavor and a chewier texture.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with different add-ins, like chopped nuts or dried fruit, to make the bars your own.
Tips and Tricks
For those looking to elevate the flavor of these ooey gooey bars, here are some tips and tricks to keep in mind. Firstly, using freshly grated coconut instead of store-bought shredded coconut is highly recommended. This will give the bars a more intense coconut flavor and a chewier texture. Additionally, don’t be afraid to experiment with different add-ins, like chopped nuts or dried fruit, to make the bars your own.
Now that you have the basics down, it’s time to get creative with your variations.
For those looking to switch things up, there are plenty of variations to explore.
Option 1: One popular option is to add a layer of raspberry jam between the crust and the filling for a tart twist on the dessert. Another alternative is to swap out the lemon for lime and the coconut for macadamia nuts, creating a tropical-inspired treat.
Option 2: For a more indulgent version, consider drizzling melted chocolate over the top or adding a layer of chocolate chips between the crust and filling. And for those who prefer a bit of crunch, tossing in some toffee bits or crushed graham crackers to the filling can provide a delightful texture contrast.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to customizing these bars. Don’t be afraid to get creative and make them your own.
With just a few simple ingredients and some tips and tricks, you can elevate your dessert game to the next level and create a treat that everyone will love. Don’t be afraid to get creative and experiment with different variations to find your perfect version of this tasty dessert.
Commonly Asked Questions
These bars are so scrumptious that they rarely last long, but if you manage to have any leftovers, they can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3-4 days.
Absolutely! While the lemon cake mix adds a delightful citrus kick to these bars, you can experiment with different flavors. Try a yellow or white cake mix for a more neutral base, or explore options like strawberry or orange for a fruity twist. The possibilities are endless, so don’t hesitate to get creative and tailor the recipe to your taste preference.
Yes! Feel free to customize these bars to suit your cravings. You can add a handful of toasted coconut flakes on top for an extra burst of coconut flavor and a lovely crunchy texture. If you’re a fan of nuts, chopped toasted almonds or macadamia nuts can be a delightful addition. And if you want to take the tanginess up a notch, you can even sprinkle some lemon zest on the bars before baking.
Yes, you can freeze these bars! Simply wrap them tightly in plastic wrap or place them in an airtight storage container before freezing. They can be kept in the freezer for 2-3 months. When you’re ready to enjoy them, thaw them in the refrigerator overnight or at room temperature for a few hours. The texture might change slightly after freezing, but they will still be delicious.
* Recipe partially adapted from Paula Deens Gooey Butter Cake recipePrint
Lemon Coconut Gooey Bars
- Total Time: 1 hour
- Yield: 16 1x
Indulge in the perfect zesty lemon and sweet coconut blend with our irresistible Lemon Coconut Gooey Butter Bars recipe. Discover the magic of transforming a simple cake mix into a heavenly dessert that will leave you craving for more.
- 1 1lb. Yellow Cake Mix
- 1 egg
- 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
- 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
- 2 eggs, room temperature
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp. coconut extract
- 1/2 c. lemon juice (fresh)
- 2 c. powdered sugar
- 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
- 1/2 c. sweetened coconut
- 1/2 c. brown sugar
- 1/2 c. sugar
- 4 tbsp. butter, melted
- 3/4 c. flour
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees, spray a 9X13 rectangular baking dish with baking spray, and set aside.
- In a large bowl, pour the cake mix, add the egg and the melted butter, and stir with a wooden spoon. Once well mixed, pat into the bottom of the 9X13 rectangular pan. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, cream the cream cheese until smooth and add in the eggs one at a time, creaming into the cream cheese after adding into the bowl. Add the vanilla and coconut extract, lemon juice, powdered sugar, and melted butter. Pour the cream cheese mixture on top of the cake mix.
- For the topping, mix the brown and white sugar and sweetened coconut and stir in the butter. Add the flour to the mix and stir. The topping will become very crumbly. Turn to wax or parchment paper and let it sit for about 10-15 minutes so the crumbs can dry out a bit.
- Sprinkle the crumbs as the top layer of the filling ( I didn’t use all the crumbs for my taste). Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes and golden brown. Ensure not to overbake, as the center won’t be as gooey. Allow to cool and cut into squares.
- Prep Time: 25 mins
- Cook Time: 35 mins
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Bake
- Cuisine: American
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