Grapefruit Coconut Bars

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For the coconut shortbread crust:
2 cups All-purpose flour
1 cup Shredded coconut unsweetened
1½ tsp Ground ginger
1 tsp Sea salt fine
1 cup Unsalted butter at room temperature
¾ cup Granulated sugar
2 tsp Vanilla extract pure
For the grapefruit filling:
6 Large eggs at room temperature
2 cups Granulated sugar
1-2 Grapefruit large, zested & freshly squeezed (you need 1 cup juice & 1½ tablespoons of zest)
½ cup All-purpose flour
½ tsp Sea salt fine
½ cup Whole milk
1 cup Shredded coconut unsweetened

Nutritional information

  • For the coconut shortbread crust:

  • For the grapefruit filling:

Grapefruit Coconut Bars


I love these Grapefruit Coconut Bars which bring a zesty tropical tang to the table. I like to decorate these dessert bars with a coconut design. To get a straight line every time, I take a knife or some other implement with a straight edge. I hold the straight edge above each bar at an angle, while sprinkling with shredded coconut. They look so impressive!

To make these, start by preparing the crust and pressing it into a baking dish. As the crust bakes, I prepare the filling by mixing eggs with sugar and flour. Add grapefruit juice, zest, milk, and salt and beat until smooth. Pour the filling onto the cooled crust and return to the oven to bake again until the filling sets. Leave to cool completely before cutting into squares. 

To make the Grapefruit Coconut Bars, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for Grapefruit Coconut Bars

Steps to make Grapefruit Coconut Bars


Heat the oven and prepare a baking pan


Preheat the oven to 350 °F. Grease and line a 13x9-inch baking pan with parchment paper.


Mix dry ingredients


Mix 2 cups of all purpose flour, 1 cup of shredded coconut and 1½ teaspoons of ground ginger together in a bowl.


Mix butter and sugar


Beat 1 cup of butter with ¾ cup of granulated sugar on medium-high speed for 3-5 minutes, until light and fluffy. Add 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract and mix until just incorporated.


Add dry ingredients


Add the dry ingredients and combine until the dry ingredients are just incorporated. Do not over mix - you want crumbly dough so it's easier to press into the pan.




Press the crust into the bottom of the parchment lined pan. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes until the edges turn light golden brown.


Cool crust


Remove the crust from the oven and leave to cool for about 20 minutes.


Reduce oven temperature


Turn the oven down to 325 °F.


Make filling


In a separate bowl, beat 6 eggs lightly. Add 2 cups of granulated sugar and ½ a cup of all purpose flour and whisk until smooth. Add 1 cup of grapefruit juice, 1½ tablespoons of zest, ½ a cup of milk and ½ a teaspoon of salt. Whisk until fully blended.


Add filling to crust


Gently pour the filling over the crust.




Bake for 20-25 minutes until the center of the filling is just set.




Once cooked, remove from the oven and leave to cool completely (45 mins - 1 hour).


Slice into bars


Slice into 24 squares and transfer to a wire rack.


Decorate and serve


To decorate, take something with a straight edge (such as a bench knife). Hold the knife just above the bar at an angle from one corner to the opposite one. Sprinkle shredded coconut over the exposed side of the grapefruit bars and repeat.

These Grapefruit Coconut Bars really are a sweet, tropical treat! Try making a batch of these cute bars soon and don’t forget to tag #cookmerecipes in your baking posts on Instagram!

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Total Reviews: 21
Raylynn Hoffstadt

Burnt up and hard as a rock, not sure what went wrong.

Saniya Belluomini

Yummy grapefruit bars!

Valery Sevic

Can this be made vegan some how?

Asha Shomer

Ive made this recipe a couple of times but this time around i decided to add a bit of caramel on to the top id say its a lot more flavorful with some extra sweetness mixed with the grapefruit next i'll try out chocolate.

Lillyanna Carawan

Made my bottom layer of shortbread crust a little too thick..

Akira Sarcona

Doubled the batch so i'd have a lot more for me and the family!

Adilyn Vanduren

Easy to make and not too many ingriedients so a lot less work and a good end result would totally recommend it!

Miyah Finkley

Careful with the vanilla extract or you can ruin the entire meal in one go.

Malak Fioritto

Fantastic coconut bars! took some with me on a picnic its a cute small little dessert that last for about a week depending on how many you make.

Mercy Abramson

Huge crowd pleaser made it for a co-workers birthday and brought three batches to work with me it was very appreciated and about half the office asked for the recipe.

Kamilah Dunwell

My kids gobbled these bars up instantly lol enjoyed every bite thank ya

Ailani Zenker

Surprised this didnt cost so much and was actually around 20 bucks.

Adalee Castaner

Nicely done Lilly, always pleased with your desserts.

Aiyanna Nau

Recommend chilling these bars after you make them atleast for two hours.

Kylah Stiglets

Wishing that it wasnt only grapefruit i find grapefruit to be very bitter...

Anneliese Feigelson

Hubby and I loved everything about this except the sea salt it was too distinct go with normal if i were you.

Belinda Greenfield

Loved this and I'm very excited to try some other stuff out on this recipe for example the strawberry pop tarts ;-)

Carson Keyser

These were sooooo good!!! they are easy to make though i did have to add some extra coconut to mine cause 1 cup barely covered it.

Christiana Beights

Very sweet but a delicious dessert/snack to serve but i think some filling wouldve been nice too.

Marlie Vandeloo

Worked out great for me i used coconut milk instead of normal milk though to make it more sweet and have a little more coco taste to it.


Amazing bars!

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