Lemon Coconut Blondies


One last delicious dessert perfect for Easter or any party! Lemon Coconut Blondies are thick and chewy like a blondie, but made with coconut, lemon, and white chocolate. The perfect bite for your citrus fix!

lemon coconut blondies on parchment paper and colorful napkin topped with coconut

Never underestimate the power of social media.

Sometimes I forget how many people are really watching – and this week I was reminded of that (in a good way).

On Sunday, when I posted my Carrot Cake Roll and talked about being alone for a blissful few hours so I could get a weeks’ worth of work done, my site went down. Sure, it was only for about a half hour, just enough time for me to take a shower, which I needed to take a break and do anyway. But I was angry – angry because my site seems down more than it’s up. I’ve had no less than 10 “server issues” since I started with Bluehost back in September. Whenever I called tech support I got the “maintenance” spiel (yeah, at 9am on a Sunday morning? Riiiiiight.) There have been too many excuses to list here, really, so needless to say, the tech on the phone got an earful.

During this saga, someone tweeted me because they couldn’t get to my site. In my anger, I wrote back something along the lines of “I hate…” which, yes, I know is totally childish but, come on. After months and months of this, I was fed up. My traffic doesn’t dictate that I should pay gazillions of dollars a month for a dedicated server – so why couldn’t they fix the problem? Or tell my WHY?

I didn’t use an # or @ in any of my posts that day. I mentioned Bluehost by name, but never actually tweeted them. Ah, but you see – Big Brother is watching.

Never underestimate the power of social media.

That afternoon, they actually called me to upgrade me to Pro (for free) because they had “seen some tweets.”

By Monday, I had a scheduled server transfer to a Pro server (I guess that’s better than shared – I have my own IP address now, whatever that means). Of course, we won’t talk about how they didn’t actually switch me as scheduled. And the L1 tech on the phone I was screaming at at 6am on Tuesday was less than impressed with me. He thought I should be “grateful” that “they called me” and offered “the Pro service for FREE!” (Yes, I’m quoting).

Anyway, I later talked to two higher-up people who actually apologized and my switch happened Tuesday night. So now I can *hopefully* breathe easy for a little while, until all of a sudden a gazillion people start to love me and I need a dedicated server. 😉

So, I’m saying a (albeit shaky) thank you to Bluehost. For the upgrade. And the nice tech named Mike. Mike, I’d like your personal phone number so I can just call you from now on, mmkay?

Never underestimate the power of social media.

Or, the power of lemon.

lemon coconut blondies on parchment paper and colorful napkin topped with coconut

Since my obsession with lemon began, I’ve been wanting to make a lemon brownie/blondie/bar thingy. I actually made these a few times. First, I used the Vanilla Bar recipe (the same one I used to make the Peanut Butter Brownies) to make a lemon version.

Total and complete fail.

So, I started over. Once I discovered the recipe for Toffee Blondies, which I then turned into Nutter Butter Butterscotch Blondies, I had the right measurements. So I took that recipe and turned it into these.

Instead of brown sugar, I used white. And I added coconut and lemon juice and zest. They baked up dense and chewy, almost like a cake. But they’re a bar. Let’s call them a cakar. Or a barake. Or, maybe we should stick with Lemon Coconut Blondies.

Because lemon and white chocolate should be married and have children, I frosted these with a white chocolate frosting. I melted white chocolate and butter together, and mixed in powdered sugar and cream. It seems like it’s funky and separated, but once it spreads on the bars, it’s totally fine. And since I topped them with coconut, any imperfections are totally covered. When in doubt, add more coconut.

These would be the perfect complement to your holiday table. Or to any table, really. Or, maybe you can make them in the hopes that it will stop snowing where you live. Maybe the sunny lemon will bring the sun.

lemon coconut blondies on parchment paper and colorful napkin topped with coconut

Never underestimate the power of social media. Or lemon bars. Both can bring really good things.

Lemon Coconut Blondies

Lemon flavored blondies filled with coconut!!
Yield 24 bars
Serving Size


For the blondies:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup 1 stick butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice and 1 teaspoon lemon zest from about 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup coconut

For the frosting:

  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon heavy cream
  • Extra coconut for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x13 pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  • Cream sugar and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until combined. Mix in lemon juice and zest. Add baking powder, salt, and flour and mix. Stir in coconut.
  • Spread into prepared pan.
  • Bake at 350 for 23-25 minutes. Do not over bake or they will be dry and cakey. It's best to remove them from the oven when they are still a little underdone so they can finish baking while they cool. Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.
  • To make the frosting: Melt butter and white chocolate together in microwave. Stir in powdered sugar and vanilla.
  • Stir in cream to get desired consistency (I used 1 teaspoon). The mixtured seemed separated, but still worked!
  • Spread a light coating evenly over the top of your bars and sprinkle with extra coconut.

Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

Click here to see the complete list of Lemon Recipes!

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lemon coconut blondies on parchment paper and colorful napkin topped with coconut collage photo

Other lemon goodness:

{Meyer} Lemon Pound Cake

Skinny & Easy Lemon Ice Cream

Sweets from friends:
Lemon Pie Bars by Everyday Insantiy
Lemon Bars by A Family Feast
Lemon Meringue Pie Dip by Something Swanky

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  1. Lemon is perfect any time of the year. So I will try these even though Easter is over! Love the Meyer Lemon bread, can’t wait to try it.

  2. You had me at lemon. Now I’m going to check out those other two lemon treats you shared at the bottom of this post!

  3. How can it be … technology is such a wonderful thing and so frustrating at the same time? When life gives you lemons … make Lemon Coconut Blondies! I have 3 lemons left on my tree, until I pick them in the morning 😉

  4. Hmmm – I’ve been thinking of switching to Bluehost, but this gives me pause. I’ve had Host Gator since I started and my site has crashed a couple times from large, sudden traffic increases, but it was always right back up again with no issues. My blog has never been down for any other reason (that I know of!). I’m glad they attempted to make it right!

    Oh, and lemon bars are my BFF, so I’m totally pinning this 🙂

    1. Thanks for the pin! I have a feeling that any time our traffic gets more than teeny tiny, the hosting companies aren’t happy (if we’re on cheap plans). I know Hostgator has bigger plans – possibly that would help??

  5. Technology is a pain in the butt! On the bright side, people love you so much that they crashed your site. I am crazy over lemon and coconut lately, its such a fresh flavor.

  6. These look and sound amazing Dorothy, I totally agree that lemon and white chocolate should be married! 🙂