June 19, 2016 Kimberlie


Lemony Coconut Bars with Candied Kumquats, The Finer Cookie.

Tangled, tousled and hand-shaped coconut macaroons charm and delight. But these Lemon Coconut Bars with Candied Kumquats thicken the plot for a more complex, chewy, sweet and sour experience. Lemony zest and lemon juice balance the lightly sweetened coconut. The poppy seeds and kumquats add surprise. A big bowl and spoon make these treats easy to mix, plus there’s no gluten or fat, so they’re guilt-free.

A big shout out to ever-so beautiful food blog The Lemon Fire Brigade. Sarah has created a beautiful blog that inspired this post. Check out other great recipes of hers. You won’t be disappointed.

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  • Makes 12 bars or 24 cookies


  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 3 cups shredded unsweetened coconut

  • 1 cup kumquats, thinly sliced, seeds removed
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • pinch fine salt



  • Add the egg white mixture to the sugar and lemon.
  • Whisk vigorously to combine.
  • Add the shredded coconut and poppy seeds and mix well, using your hands if necessary.
    lemony coconut bars with candied kumquats the finer cookie

    Adding the coconut to the egg white mixture.


  • Distribute the coconut mixture evenly over the 12 molds, , using two spoons or two very small spatulas.
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    Macaroon batter distributed evenly.

  • Once the molds are filled, tamp down the coconut mixture until it is firmly packed. The firmer you pack the coconut, the easier they will be to eat in small bites. If they aren't packed tightly enough, they might break coming out of the mold and will crumble when you try to bite into one.
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    Lemon macaroon tamped down firmly.



  • In a 350ºF oven, bake for 15-20 minutes, rotating mold or sheet halfway through baking.
  • The bars or macaroons should be golden around the edges.
    lemony coconut bars with candied kumquats the finer cookie

    Baked lemony coconut bars.

  • Garnish each macaroon with some candied kumquats (recipe below) and more poppy seeds.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature.
  • Store in airtight container up to 1 week.
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    Sliced kumquats.

  • In a small saucepan, combine all ingredients over medium heat until water and sugar has simmered down and kumquats have become slightly translucent and tender, about 8 minutes or so.

  • The sugar should glaze each slice.
    lemony coconut bars with candied kumquats the finer cookie

    Candied kumquats.

  • Serve with macaroons or refrigerate in an airtight container up to two weeks.


  1. Karen 4 months ago

    I was lucky enough to be around when Kim was making these and I have to say they are by far the best macaroons I have tasted. Who else would take the time to candy kumquats! Yum

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      Kimberlie 4 months ago

      Hi Karen, Thanks so much for your visit that afternoon. Our lunch was great fun. We need to do this more often. You have to come more often cause you never know what’s cooking here.

  2. I love all of the flavors you included in these perfect macaroons!

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      Kimberlie 4 months ago

      Thanks Betsy. Thanks for your comment!

  3. Monica 4 months ago

    What a lovely dessert! I have friends with gluten sensitivity and always have something for them when they stop by. This is the perfect treat to offer with a cup of coffee or tea.

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      Kimberlie 4 months ago

      Yes, these macaroons are easy to enjoy. They aren’t too sweet and would be perfect mid-day. Let me know if you try them.

  4. Ninja Baker & Baking 4 months ago

    Stellar summer dessert, Kim…Your candied kumquats how-to make the task look doable…And your guilt-free gluten-free treats do indeed look and sound divine!

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      Kimberlie 4 months ago

      Thank you Ninja Baker!

  5. Laura Dembowski 4 months ago

    I love coconut macaroons and the shape of these is so innovative and modern. I am also a huge fan of kumquats. It’s hard to find nice ones but when I do, I snap them up.

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      Kimberlie 4 months ago

      I love kumquats too. I have a friend who lives in Arizona and when I visited her one spring, I found a kumquat tree in her backyard. All the fruit was perfectly ripe. I picked one for her and her eyes got really big. Anyway, I hope you try these macaroons. They’re special.

  6. Rick 4 months ago

    They certainly sing and hum along for me!

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      Kimberlie 4 months ago

      Great! You’re a singing and humming kinda guy.

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