Lemon Coconut Gooey Butter Bars

lemon coconut ooey gooey bars

I think my new obsession that links to my baking is Pinterest. There are literally thousands of recipes that are absolutely amazing. It makes it so easy to find any recipe I want and I constantly feel like I have endless choices. It’s actually a little overwhelming. Well, I’m really glad I chose this recipe to make because these lemon bars were insanely amazing. They were so gooey and the cake layer on the bottom and crumbs on top were so buttery. My friends flipped out over it and keep asking me to bake them more! It’s definitely a summer treat!


Ingredients:

Crust:

  • 1 1lb. Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted

Filling:

  • 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

Topping:

  • 1/2 c. sweetened coconut
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 4 tbsp. butter, melted
  • 3/4 c. flour

Recipe:

1. Preheat oven to 350 Degrees and spray a 9X13 rectangular pan with baking spray and set aside.

2. In a large bowl, pour in the cake mix, add the egg, and the melted butter and stir together 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 filling on top of the cake mix.

4. For the topping: Mix in the brown and white sugar, 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 10­15 minutes so the crumbs can dry out a bit. Sprinkle the crumbs on top of the filling ( I didn’t use all the crumbs for my personal taste). Bake in the oven for 35­40 minutes. Make sure not to over bake as the center won’t be as gooey. Allow to cool and cut into squares.

5. Enjoy!

 

 

 

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