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Coconut Lime Chip Cookie Bars

April 22, 2013

These cookie bars might look like chocolate chip cookies at first glance, but inside they have a surprise: toasted coconut and fresh lime! I had some extra coconut lying around from another recipe and a lime and decided to make a baked treat with them. I used semisweet chocolate chips, but I think white chocolate chips would be a tasty alternative.

20130401 Lime Chip Cookie

You will need:

  • 1/2 c (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 c applesauce, unsweetened
  • 3/4 c sugar
  • 3/4 c brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • 2 1/2 c flour
  • 2 c chocolate chips
  • 2/3 c shredded coconut

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a 13×9-inch baking dish with tinfoil and lightly grease with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together the butter with the applesauce and sugars until well mixed.
  3. Beat in eggs and vanilla until well mixed and smooth.
  4. Stir in the salt, baking soda and lime zest.
  5. Add the lime juice and 1/2 c of the flour. Mix well.
  6. Add the rest of the flour and mix until combined.
  7. Stir in the chocolate chips and the coconut.
  8. Spread in the prepared pan.
  9. Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden and a toothpick in the middle comes out clean.
  10. Allow to cool 15 minutes before transferring the foiled-lined cookie to a wire rack.
  11. Cool completely before cutting into bars.
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