You put the lime in the coconut!

I’m a chocolate loving girl. I tend to think a dessert doesn’t qualify as dessert if there isn’t chocolate in there somewhere. This is why I am so reluctant to try any recipe that doesn’t include some kind of chocolate. But I’m trying to be more adventurous and open-minded as of late, so I am determined to seek out other treats.

So I was excited this week when a little gem showed up in my email in-box. It was a recipe for Martha Stewart’s Key Lime Coconut Bars. I recently signed up for Martha’s “Cookie of the Day” emails and have been receiving all kinds of yummy recipes that I can’t wait to try. I went shopping for the ingredients for the the bars the very next day!

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Even though I live in Florida, I did not find key limes or key lime juice. I know our grocery store carries it, but apparently not on the day I was shopping. I substituted regular limes and juice, which the recipe states is an alternative. I honestly don’t know what a difference in flavor the key limes would make, but I will try that in the future.

The crust for the bars is a pastry crust and the dough can be made using either a pastry cutter or two knives. Well I tossed out my pastry cutter a few years ago after a very frustrating and extremely unsuccessful attempt at making apple pie. I swore to never make another pie crust again and the cutter went straight into the garbage…such is the temper I have! I tried using two knives to cut the dough as suggested by Martha. It was a mess and I was starting to get really aggravated when I had one of those clever “light bulb” moments. I dug out my potato masher and used it instead. It did the job, but man it was a workout on my forearms and biceps! I made a mental note to purchase another pastry cutter.

I sprayed the pan with non-stick spray, but in retrospect I should have lined it with foil to make it easier to remove the bars for cutting. I was still able to cut them fairly easily using a pizza cutter. I have found that the pizza cutter works really well on bar desserts and is faster and less messy than using a knife.

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The end result is that I was really happy with these Key Lime Coconut Bars. The toasted coconut added just the right crunch to these creamy little bites. I realized after tasting them, that these are basically mini key lime pies with coconut added. In fact, when I looked up a recipe for Key Lime Pie, it was almost identical. While the powdered sugar sprinkled on top was tasty, I think they would be even better with a spoonful of whipped cream.

As usual, the majority of these goodies were sent to work with my husband to share with his coworkers. He is not a fan of key lime pie and wasn’t sure if these would go over well. He was surprised (and I was quite pleased) that his coworkers went crazy for these and they did not last long! So if you are in the mood for a taste of tropical Florida in a yummy little treat, definitely give these a try!


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