Coconut Lime Meltaway Cookie Bars


These Coconut Lime Meltaway Cookie Bars will instantly transport you to warmer climates after one bite with fresh lime and coconut milk.

Coconut Lime Meltaway Cookie Bars

If there’s one ingredient a baker like me can’t live without, it’s sugar. Sugar in my coffee, sugar in my ice cream, sugar in my cookies. Granulated sugar, brown sugar, powdered sugar. I even use sugar in my cooking to help sweeten my sauces. Because sugar is a baker’s best friend, I’m teaming up today with Dixie Crystals and Sunday Supper to bring you the perfect springtime dessert you are not going to want to miss – Coconut Lime Meltaway Cookie Bars. One bite, and you are almost instantly transported to warmer climates, sandy beaches, and breezy palm trees. They are called meltaway bars because the texture of the cookie almost melts in your mouth. It’s as if the cold weather is melting away outside.

Coconut Lime Meltaway Cookie Bars

These cookie bars weren’t supposed to happen. As I was getting ready to make my original idea, I realized I was out of a key ingredient. Now what? I peeked at what I had, including a lonely little lime leftover from my baked coconut shrimp. Pair that with the coconut milk in my pantry, and I knew I was going tropical. After a little more brainstorming, I decided to make my Lemon Snowball Cookie dough using lime zest, shredded coconut, and white chocolate chips, pat into an 8×8 pan, and turn into cookie bars.

Dixie Crystals

I was first introduced to Dixie Crystals during a conference I attended last year. They make all varieties of sugar – granulated, powdered, brown, even cinnamon sugar. I’m hoping to make churros or donuts with the cinnamon sugar they sent. Or even more French toast roll ups. Be sure to follow them on social media for more sweet ideas: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Coconut Lime Meltaway Cookie Bars

So just how good are these meltaway bars? As I’ve mentioned multiple times throughout my blog, I bring most of my baked goods into work to share with coworkers. Now my treats are almost always a hit, but these bars were different. I’ve never heard so many compliments over one recipe. They were telling each other, “Did you try one? Oh you need to try one. These are the best things to date.” I’ve even had people from other departments stop over.

Yields 16

Coconut Lime Meltaway Cookie Bars

You can find coconut milk in either the Asian or Latin section of your grocery store.

15 minPrep Time

13 minCook Time

28 minTotal Time

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1/2 cup (1 stick or 4 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon lime zest (roughly half a lime)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup + 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup (1 stick or 4 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Pinch of salt
1/4 teaspoon coconut extract
1/4 cup canned coconut milk
1/2 cup shredded coconut


    For the cookies
  1. Preheat oven to 400F degrees. Line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the butter, sugar, lime zest, and vanilla until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Gradually add in flour and salt. Add the coconut and white chocolate chips.
  3. Spread the dough into the bottom of the pan. Bake 10-13 minutes until just lightly brown and doesn't look wet on top (the dough will still be soft). Cool completely.
  4. For the frosting
  5. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter, powdered sugar, and salt until smooth and creamy. Beat in the coconut extract and coconut milk then beat for another few minutes until light and smooth. Spread on top of the cooled bars then sprinkle on the coconut. Cut into 16 bars.

Since this recipe will result in leftover coconut milk, here are some recipes you can make:

Award-Winning Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes

Toasted Coconut Hot Chocolate

Dulce De Leche Milkshakes with Coconut Milk Whipped Cream

Enjoyed these Coconut Lime Meltaway Cookie Bars? Here are the other Sunday Supper springtime desserts:

Disclosure: I was compensated for developing this recipe but all thoughts and photos are my own.

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  1. I could eat the whole batch of these bars. I love, love, love coconut and so nice to see ones that are not the usual lemon.

  2. These are gorgeous! I love the lime and coconut combination, and in a meltaway cookie bar…perfection!

  3. Dangit, Carla! Stop tempting me with these delicious looking coconut desserts, unless you’re prepared to carry around an Epi-pen and stab me after I eat them. The things we do for friends ;)

  4. These sure do look melt in your mouth good! A lovely spring treat!

  5. Oh, I love, love that you’ve taken the fabulous lime meltaway flavors and eliminated the slicing of the dough (which I stink at!). These look irresistible!!!

  6. Love all the bright flavors you have here! And I’m going to try to make my snowballs into a bar cookie. My mom loves them, but the ball rolling double sugar roll gets painstaking!

  7. I adore coconut, especially during the warmer months!

  8. I love coconut and lime together! These bars sound amazing. Perfect to put me in the mood for summer.

  9. These look fabulous!! I could probably eat them all! I love when you go into the kitchen with something in mind but walk out with something completely different!

  10. So these Coconut Lime Meltaway Cookie Bars are going to transport me to warmer weather and sandy beaches?! Send over a plate!!!

  11. Love these tropical cookie bars! I always have citrus and coconut on hand, and I love the ease of bar cookies!!!

  12. These can melt away in my belly!

  13. Oh my… if only you lived next door, I would be a very happy camper!!

  14. Oh dear sweet mother of deliciousness!!! I will be humming the “lime in the coconut” song the entire rest of the day now. Must. Have!

  15. Meltaway cookies are one of my favorites. I love the fresh combination of lime and coconut too!

  16. I wish these could magically melt away the winter. At least I can close my eyes and pretend right?

  17. Carla, my mouth is freakin’ watering! When I worked in an office, why did I never have a co-worker like you? :)

  18. Carla,
    I really think I need to get a job where you work, so I can enjoy all of these treats.

  19. I love coconut and lime. So that is what drew me in to read your blog. However, I too bring treats to me co-workers. I picked up immediately that this recipe garnered a HUGE number of ‘likes’.
    Works for me. I like bar cookies because the whole batch is done at once. I don’t think I have met a bar cookie I haven’t liked. Now brownies that could maybe be included in that category is a different story. I have bit into too many dry brownies. To the point I pretty much avoid brownies by unknown cooks—-like strange me offering me candy to get into their car.

  20. I quadruple love these bars!!!

  21. Way to turn what you had on hand into a stroke of brilliant creativity! I love the idea of lime and coconut! These look amazing!

  22. Sugar in everything! I’m so glad these happened. They look scrumptious. Pinned.

  23. This makes me really really want to like coconut because I want one! Looks so good!

  24. I love coconut and lime! These look heavenly!

  25. candy silva says:

    Theae look amazing.. Do you use unsalted buter?

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