Coconut-Lemon Layer Bars Recipe

The perfect sweet treat for guests to snack on.

Dessert Bars

After snacking on savory appetizers, guests will enjoy biting into a cool and chewy dessert bar.

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Coconut-Lemon Layer Bars

2 cups vanilla wafer crumbs
6 tablespoons butter, melted
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, room temperature
1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 egg
1 cup white chocolate chips (6 ounces)
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts

Heat oven to 350°F.

Place vanilla wafer crumbs and butter in medium bowl. Stir until combined, about 2 minutes. Press crumb mixture firmly in bottom of 9-by-13-inch baking pan; set aside.

Beat cream cheese, lemon peel, lemon juice and egg in bowl of electric stand mixer at low speed until smooth. Spread evenly over crumb mixture.

Layer bars evenly with white chocolate chips, coconut and nuts; press down firmly with fork.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool completely. Cut into 4 rows by 8 rows. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Yields 32 bars.