Coco-Cabana Bars

Happy Monday! Did you all have a good weekend? I sure did! I ran my usual long run {in the pouring rain–lame!}, had a huge delicious breakfast, went out for frozen yogurt with my family, went shopping and even tested a few recipes!  I love weekends, don’t you? :)

These bars were one of the recipes I tested yesterday and they turned out to be tasty little devils. Basically, these coco-cabana bars have a sugar cookie bottom and are topped with a lime zest, coconut and cream cheese concoction to make them have lots of delicious island flavor! Lime and coconut is another match made in heaven. It makes me want to go on vacation to the Caribbean and get a tan. It also makes me think of Copacabana by Barry Manilow. Have I ever mentioned that I love that song? Well, I love that song… much so that I was singing along to it while these were in the oven.

Should I be embarrassed by that?


Am I embarrassed?

Nope! :)

Her name was lola
she was a show girl
with yellow feathers in her hair and her dress cut down to there
she would merengue
and do the cha cha….


Moral of the story: these are good and make me want to go on vacation. Enough said.

Happy Baking!

Coco-Cabana Bars
yield: 12
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1-16.5 oz. package refrigerated sugar cookie dough
1-8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
3/4 teaspoon coconut extract
2 teaspoons lime zest
1/3 cup sweetened shredded coconut

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9×9 square pan with non stick cooking spray.
Press sugar cookie dough into bottom of greased dish and set aside.
In a large bowl, whip cream cheese with sugar and egg. Scrape edges and whip again. Stir in coconut extract and lime zest. Spread mixture over top of cookie dough to form an even layer and top with coconut. Bake 20 minutes or until coconut is lightly toasted and cream cheese mixture is set.
Cool to room temperature, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until completely chilled. Cut into bars and serve.


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  1. I guess I have to admit to seeing Barry in Vegas then. The bars sound fantastic.


  2. Very cool recipe, and fun too! This post was so cute :)


  3. Coconut, lime, cream cheese – your singing my song (or Barry’s). What a tempting little treat.


  4. I would love to lay on my cabana and eat coco-cabana bars. Give me a pina colada and this could be a perfect scenario! 😉


  5. These make me want a vacation too!! Oh and don’t worry, I also LOVE that song. You should not be embarrassed one bit. The classics are the best and always get stuck in your head. I’ll prob be humming that all day long now…


  6. Mmmm coconut. These sound delish. I can’t wait to bake them and eat them. Lol. Now I got the song in my head!


  7. AWESOME! Made them for an office lunch today and love them!




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