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Lemon Coconut Gooey Butter Bars

Lemon Coconut Gooey Bars

  • Author: Nicole Nared-Washington | Brown Sugar
  • 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.


Units Scale
  • 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


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, spray a 9X13 rectangular baking dish with baking spray, and set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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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