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Coconut Sugar Cookie Bars

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I’m craaaaaazy for coconut. Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.

I’m also a sugar cookie addict that hates scooping or rolling out cookies. My solution? Sugar Cookie Bars…with coconut!

Make that TRIPLE the coconut: coconut oil, coconut extract, and shredded coconut! {Say that three times fast…}

Coconut Sugar Cookie Bars made with coconut oil!

Oh my gosh, writer’s block just sucks. And you know what? Two days ago, I had this GREAT idea for a post and I can’t remember what it was.

The memory loss *may* be because I was wine tasting at the time, in Napa. We had a driver. I was fine until the third winery and then I just…wasn’t.

Maybe the awesome post idea will come back to me. Maybe not? Until then, you’ll have to deal with me rambling about nothing.

Which, really, is not something you’re not used to. It’s all I do #ramblerambleramble

Anyway. Let’s talk about coconut, mmkay?

Coconut Sugar Cookie Bars made with coconut oil!

I looooove coconut. I could eat it all day long. I love it in breakfast and in dessert and even on fried shrimp. (Have you ever had that? OMGosh so good.)

Awhile back I decided to make sugar cookie bars. And then they popped up on about 345 other blogs in a week’s time. I actually have a sugar cookie bar recipe but the photos….meh. It was time for a re-do.

Since I didn’t want to make traditional sugar cookie bars, I decided to go with a new flavor twist: coconut. These are coconut all the way down to their core: they are made with coconut oil.

Coconut Sugar Cookie Bars (5 of 5)

I love coconut oil. I’ve been using it in cooking forever, but I’ve never really baked with it. Substituting coconut oil for butter is a good choice because supposedly there are benefits to using coconut oil. I’m not attesting to that, but whenever I can put aside the butter for a day, I’m happy to do it.

Coconut oil is liquid when it’s hot and pretty darn solid when it’s cold. Depending on the brand you buy, you’ll have to microwave it in the winter to be able to scoop it. In the summer, you may be able to just scoop it easily. The Trader Joe’s brand pictured is my favorite one – it’s totally reliable. There’s another brand you can get at grocery stores that works fine, but it stays more solid year round.

Just subbing coconut oil for butter doesn’t give an overwhelming coconut flavor. It’s very, very subtle. For these coconut sugar cookies, I wanted them to scream COCONUT, so I added coconut extract to the batter in my perfect sugar cookie recipe.

That ups the flavor, quite a bit.

Pressing the dough into a 9×13 pan makes these super easy to make! Bake them until they are just slightly golden around the edges. If they look done, they’re over done!

Then it’s time for frosting. Frosting is good. Especially when it tastes like coconut!

I decided to go the whole 9 yards for these bars and make them dairy-free. No butter, no milk means everyone can enjoy them!

The frosting is made using coconut oil and coconut milk (or almond or soy or regular milk). I added some coconut extract for that extra coconut punch, and some shredded sweetened coconut.

Because, well, I like coconut. Obvi.

Coconut Sugar Cookie Bars made with coconut oil!

If you love sugar cookies + coconut, you’ll love these bars. I had to freeze them immediately – after I ate about 5. They’re dangerous!

Coconut Sugar Cookie Bars

Yield: 24 bars

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes plus cooling

Just like your favorite sugar cookie bars - but full of coconut flavor! Coconut oil, coconut extract, and coconut mix to make some super sweet sugar cookie bars!


For the Cookies:

  • 2/3 cup coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups flour

For the Frosting:

  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 2 tablespoons coconut milk (or almond milk or soy, or nonfat/regular milk)
  • 1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut, plus more for garnish.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9x13” pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Cream coconut oil and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat in egg and both extracts. Mix in baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt. Slowly mix in flour.
  3. Press the dough into prepared pan.
  4. Bake for 16-19 minutes. The sides will just be getting golden and the center will look a little under done. Once the center looks done, it’s overcooked.
  5. Make the frosting: Beat coconut oil and powdered sugar until mixture is crumbly. Add vanilla and coconut extracts and 2 tablespoons milk. Mix until the frosting comes together and becomes smooth. Stir in 1/2 cup shredded coconut. (If you like a thinner frosting, you can add up to a tablespoon more milk, 1 teaspoon at a time.)
  6. Frost cookie bars and top with more coconut for garnish. Store at room temperature loosely covered. Frosting will semi-dry and cookies are stackable but some frosting may transfer.

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40 Responses to “Coconut Sugar Cookie Bars”

  1. Medeja posted on July 27, 2014 at 3:17 am (#)

    I loooove coconut too! These bars look so good!


  2. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on July 27, 2014 at 3:32 am (#)

    Holy coconut! I love everything about this post and recipe, especially baking with coconut oil! I almost always use it rather than canola/veg oil when I need an oil and just love the subtle flavor. Gorgeous bars! Pinned of course :)


  3. Robin @ Simply Southern Baking posted on July 27, 2014 at 3:53 am (#)

    Oh my goodness! These look amazing….I love coconut! Pinning right now. :)


  4. Mir posted on July 27, 2014 at 4:32 am (#)

    I love the triple punch of coconut! You are one crazy genius!
    And don’t stress about the memory loss. We all have it! Sigh.


  5. Danielle @ Chits and Chats and Chocolate posted on July 27, 2014 at 4:35 am (#)

    I can never get enough coconut! These look great!


  6. Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron posted on July 27, 2014 at 5:12 am (#)

    I love these bars! What a fun way to dress up and totally change a regular sugar cookie bar! And such pretty photos :) Pinned!


  7. How to Philosophize with Cake posted on July 27, 2014 at 6:47 am (#)

    Those look awesome! I love coconut too. :) Pinned!


  8. marcie posted on July 27, 2014 at 8:30 am (#)

    I just polished off a slice of coconut zucchini bread for breakfast and I could still go for a couple of these cookie bars — I’m coconut crazed, too. :) These look delicious, Dorothy, and I can’t wait to try them! p.s. wine tasting will do that to you, but it’s so much fun!


  9. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice posted on July 27, 2014 at 9:53 am (#)

    What an amazing flavor combination, Dorothy! Makes me wish I was in a tropical paradise somewhere! :) Pinning for the future!


  10. Jenn@eatcakefordinner posted on July 27, 2014 at 11:33 am (#)

    Leave it to you to take sugar cookie bars to a whole new level!! I love these – pinned!!


  11. Mary Frances posted on July 27, 2014 at 4:12 pm (#)

    Obviously coconut milk! ;) Wow, I have seen sugar cookie variations, but this is my favorite! I just love the unique texture coconut adds to recipes. So so good! I’ll be waiting for the awesome post idea … I think it went on vacation with mine and I didn’t even get wine out of the deal ;)


  12. janie posted on July 27, 2014 at 4:34 pm (#)

    Holy moly! I too, adore coconut! Can’t wait to try this! Yummy! ;)


  13. Kelly - Life made Sweeter posted on July 27, 2014 at 8:31 pm (#)

    I am crazy for coconut too and love how much you jam packed into these bars! They look incredible and I am obsessed with that coconut frosting! Pinned :)


  14. Kris posted on July 28, 2014 at 5:33 am (#)

    How about toasting the coconut for the topping, and adding a drizzle of chocolate over them? OMG


  15. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction posted on July 28, 2014 at 8:59 am (#)

    Love all of the coconut you packed into these cookie bars! That frosting is amazing!


  16. Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures posted on July 28, 2014 at 9:37 am (#)

    Yum! I’m a big coconut fan! I hope you remember your great recipe idea


  17. Michelle posted on July 28, 2014 at 12:45 pm (#)

    Thanks for sharing the recipe! My husband has been putting coconut oil in his coffee – not only is it tasty, I think it’s supposed to be good for you, too!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 28th, 2014 at 7:11 pm

      Oh wow – I need to try that!


  18. Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar posted on July 28, 2014 at 12:54 pm (#)

    Writers block is totally the worst. Last week I ended up rambling on about my teeth after going to the dentist. Fail. Oh well. These bars sound awesome! I’ve had coconut oil in my pantry for weeks wondering what to do with it. These fancy bars look like the perfect way!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 28th, 2014 at 7:11 pm

      Hey, one of my most popular posts is a dentist post. I get so many comments (who knew dentistry was so controversial???) on that one!


  19. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking posted on July 28, 2014 at 12:57 pm (#)

    I am loving coconut oil in baking right now. Just loving it! I also love coconut and sugar cookies….why are these not on my counter right now?!?! Oh the injustice! I hate writers block…and when you had a great idea but you lost it is the worst! I have hundreds of notes in my phone bc whenever I am struck by an idea, I’ll write one to use later. But now I’m paranoid about losing my notes. #whatismyproblem #rambling


    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 28th, 2014 at 7:10 pm

      I do that too! I don’t know why I didn’t this time. Probably the wine, lol!


  20. Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen posted on July 28, 2014 at 4:34 pm (#)

    Wine and writer’s block or not, my sistah – you have totally got it going on with these Coconut Bars! I’m seriously wanting them for breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, snack, midnight raid! :-) There’s never enough coconut if you ask me! :-)


  21. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted on July 28, 2014 at 6:19 pm (#)

    I LOVE how packed full of coconut flavor these are!!! So sweet and delicious!


  22. Krystle posted on July 28, 2014 at 8:08 pm (#)

    I never knew you could bake with coconut oil. These look delicious. My Grandparents love coconut I”ll have to whip them up before summer ends.


  23. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting posted on July 28, 2014 at 8:51 pm (#)

    These looks GD amazing!


  24. Thalia @ butter and brioche posted on July 28, 2014 at 9:09 pm (#)

    i could SO devour a whole batch of these bars right now.. they look beyond delicious.


  25. Michele @ Alwayzbakin posted on July 29, 2014 at 1:38 am (#)

    Mmmm! Love sugar cookies! I always think it’s a great idea to make a cookie into a bar, too. So easy. Your wine-tasting sounds fun. Haaa! Haaa!


  26. Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking posted on July 30, 2014 at 7:04 pm (#)

    That happens to me with post ideas all the time! I’ll have this brilliant idea for how to tie in a story to the recipe, and –poof!– 2 seconds later, it’s gone. Not cool. Especially with how much I tend to ramble too… ;) Love these triple coconut cookie bars! The coconut on top is so pretty. And my coconut oil always stays pure liquid in the summer… As much as they’re necessary, I hate sky-high AC bills.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 30th, 2014 at 7:26 pm

      All the darn time. I need a voice recorder embedded in my head so I can just tap my ear to record. :)


      • Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking replied on July 30th, 2014 at 10:29 pm

        OHMYGOSH YES!!! Please please please send me that technology!! Siri can only go so far… ;)

  27. Jamie G posted on August 2, 2014 at 6:39 pm (#)

    I really do love coconut oil!! Can’t wait to try this recipe!


  28. michela posted on August 7, 2014 at 5:17 pm (#)

    I made this today and it was delicious!!!! Thank you for sharing :)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 7th, 2014 at 5:51 pm

      Yay! I’m so glad you liked it. Thanks for telling me!


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