Lemon Coconut Gooey Butter Bars




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By the time you read this post I will be on my way to Gattlinburg, Tennessee. Aside from me desperately needing a vacation, I am leaving because I know that some of you will want to hunt me down and scream my head off because of how good these bars look right now and you know you shouldn’t be eating these bars. Well, you are going to have to catch me when I come back…if you can.
INGREDIENTS

  • CRUST
  • 1 1lb. Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • FILLING
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. coconut extract
  • ½ c. lemon juice (fresh)
  • 2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • TOPPING
  • ½ c. sweetened coconut
  • ½ c. brown sugar
  • ½ c. sugar
  • 4 tbsp. butter, melted
  • ¾ c. flour

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 350 Degrees and spray a 9X13 rectangular pan with baking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, pour in the cake mix, add the egg, and the melted butter and stir together with a wooden spoon. Once well mixed, pat into the bottom of the 9X13 rectangular pan. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream the cream cheese until smooth and add in the eggs one at a time creaming into the cream cheese after adding into the bowl. Add the vanilla and coconut extract, lemon juice, powdered sugar, and melted butter. Pour the filling on top of the cake mix.
  4. For the topping: Mix in the brown and white sugar, sweetened coconut, and stir in the butter. Add the flour to the mix and stir. The topping will become very crumbly. Turn to wax or parchment paper and let it sit for about 10-15 minutes so the crumbs can dry out a bit. Sprinkle the crumbs on top of the filling ( I didn't use all the crumbs for my personal taste). Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes. Make sure not to over bake as the center won't be as gooey. Allow to cool and cut into squares.

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