Lemon Coconut Cake Mix Bars

For me, when I think spring, I think yellow, and when I think yellow, I think lemons (you might remember my lemon inspired spring table from last year). So it’s only fitting that I have a fabulous tangy Lemon Coconut Cake Mix Bars dessert to share with you today.

Lemon Coconut Cake Mix Bars

I bought a bag of coconut last week to make my Chocolate Coconut Rice Krispie Treats. I only used a half cup so I had a bunch leftover and I had to figure out what to do with it. This recipe was one of the first that came to mind. I add a box of cake mix, some juicy lemons from my backyard an egg and a bit of butter. So easy! I used white cake mix because it’s what I had on hand, and the lemon flavor was nice and subtle. However, you could also take that tang up a notch with a lemon cake mix.

Lemon Coconut Cake Mix Bars

It’s a perfect sweet treat to guide you into spring!

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Lemon Coconut Cake Mix Bars

Ingredients
  

  • 1 box cake mix lemon or white
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup 1 stick butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup coconut
  • coconut and powdered sugar for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray and 11 3/4" x 7 3/4" pan lightly with cooking spray.
  • In a large mixing bowl, gently sift cake mix and set aside.
  • Melt butter in a microwave safe dish. *Note: do not melt completely, but more to a creamy smooth consistency. You don't want it to be too hot.
  • To the cake mix, add butter, egg, lemon juice and zest and combine. Stir in coconut.
  • Pour batter into the prepared baking dish and bake for approx. 25 minutes, or until top is lightly browned and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the middle.
  • Sprinkle with powdered sugar and coconut. Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares.

 

 

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Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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    1. A larger or small pan would have a different baking time but you could try it. I’d go larger with a 13×9 and reduce the baking time a bit.

  1. Lemon & coconut are my two all time favorite flavors. Do you use sweetened or unsweetened coconut in this? Thanks much!

  2. Hi Kristin, I found this recipe as a feature on Bobshell Bling today and had to stop by, This looks so delicious and I have 2 yellow mixes I need to use!!

    I have pinned to share and would love to have you stop by and share with my readers on #OMHGWW this week!
    Have a great week!
    Karren

  3. Kristin, these look really yummy! Quick and easy, too. Pinning this for future reference!