Easy Homemade Dessert Recipes – Lemon Coconut Bars

Lemon coconut bars

In honor of Fathers Day this Sunday I would like to feature one of my fathers favorites and a little tidbit of quirky information about him.  Raising 6 kids without any health insurance, sending us to Catholic school, and trying to set up a law practice meant there wasn’t much left over at the end of the month.  Dad was always yelling at us to turn the lights off when we left the room, don’t leave the TV on, close the front door – I’m not heating the neighborhood, etc.  The craziest thing he ALWAYS did was turn the oven or the stove down every time my mother was cooking something.  He  did it when she wasn’t looking and she would take whatever she was cooking out of the oven at the precise time and wonder why it wasn’t done cooking.  She would get so angry at him!  I can still hear her yelling, “Bucky, did you turn my oven down again?”  I guess he thought he was saving money but what he was really doing was driving my poor mom crazy.  These lemony, chewy, coconut bars were such a treat for him after dinner.  I would have to describe them as a bit of sunshine in every bite.  I hope you enjoy them as much as my dad did.                                                                  

                                                                                                                                                                                                   George B. Woelfel, Jr. 1930-2010.




  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts


  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 cup half n half
  • Grated rind of 1 lemon
  • 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice


  1. Cream margarine and 1/2 cup brown sugar.
  2. Add 1 cup of flour and mix well.
  3. Press mixture over bottom of 13 x 9 x 2 pan.
  4. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, beat eggs, vanilla, and remaining 1 cup of brown sugar until frothy.
  6. Add 1/4 cup flour, baking powder, and salt.
  7. Add coconut and walnuts.
  8. Spread evenly over cooked bottom layer in pan and bake an extra 20 minutes at 350°.
  9. Cool in pan.
  10. Pour frosting over mixture and let cool completely.

Preparation time: 20 minute(s)

Cooking time: 30 minute(s)



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