Coconut Lime White Chocolate Bars

If you feel like sending your tastebuds on a tropical vacation, you can. Just make these.

And they’re perfect for Cinco de Mayo, too.

Coconut Lime White Chocolate Bars - Soft, easy bars that will make you feel like you're on a tropical vacation!

I went 5 years of blogging with only a couple lime recipes, but in the last month this is my third one.

I had a surplus of limes after (over) buying them for margaritas. I could throw a frat party and not run out of limes and margaritas, so rather than continuing to drink them, I baked with them.

Coconut Lime White Chocolate Bars - Soft, easy bars that will make you feel like you're on a tropical vacation!

The bars loosely follow my trusty blondies recipe that I’ve used in at least 20+ adaptations.

I love the base recipe because the batter comes together in one bowl, without a mixer, in 5 minutes.

Simply melt butter in the micro, add brown sugar, an egg, lime juice, lime zest, and vanilla. Stir in shredded coconut, flour, white chocolate chips, and bake. Super easy.

Coconut Lime White Chocolate Bars - Soft, easy bars that will make you feel like you're on a tropical vacation!

I glazed the bars with a simple confectioners’ sugar and lime juice glaze, and then topped with coconut. The glaze seeps into the bars and makes them even moister.

The extra bit of lime juice in the glaze really boosts the overall lime flavor, which is pleasantly bold and tart. When it comes to lime or lemon bars, I prefer a prominent zing to muted and subtle.

And by using both lime juice and zest in the batter, and with the lime glaze, there’s plenty of lime pop.

Coconut Lime White Chocolate Bars - Soft, easy bars that will make you feel like you're on a tropical vacation!

The bars are super soft with ample texture from the coconut and white chocolate chips. They’re dense, rich, and not cakey or crumbly.

The shredded coconut adds texture and a smooth tropical flavor, without being overdone. Coconut can easily dominate a flavor profile, but it’s nicely balanced.

Coconut Lime White Chocolate Bars - Soft, easy bars that will make you feel like you're on a tropical vacation!

I love white chocolate and while I’m in Aruba I have a tendency to bake with it. I made these recently while I was there on a tropical vacation and they were perfectly fitting for the surroundings.

Seeing these images again makes me want to jump on a flight right back there.

Coconut Lime White Chocolate Bars - Soft, easy bars that will make you feel like you're on a tropical vacation!

There’s something about the flavor combo of lime and coconut that just makes me crave beach parties, warm weather, and letting the good times roll.

Throw in a little white chocolate and some sweet-and-tangy glaze, and I’m totally set.

Coconut Lime White Chocolate Bars - Soft, easy bars that will make you feel like you're on a tropical vacation!

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Coconut Lime White Chocolate Bars

If you feel like sending your tastebuds on a tropical vacation, you can with these easy, one bowl, no mixer bars. They're super soft with ample texture from the coconut and white chocolate chips. By using both lime juice and zest, the bars have a nice limey pop and are bold but pleasantly tart. The shredded coconut adds texture and a smooth tropical flavor, without being overdone, and white chocolate is tailor-made for the lime-coconut flavor pairing. The lime glaze enhances the overall lime flavor profile and as it soaks in, makes the already super soft bars even more moist.

Yield: one 8x8 pan, 9 to 12 generous squares

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: about 30 minutes

Total Time: about 1 hour, for cooling

Ingredients:

Bars
1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), melted
1 large egg
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 to 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (about 1 to 2 medium ripe limes)
2 tablespoons lime zest
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sweetened shredded coconut flakes, measured loosely
pinch salt, optional and to taste
1 cup white chocolate chips
Lime Glaze
about 1 cup confectioners' sugar
about 2 tablespoons lime juice, or as necessary
about 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut, sprinkled

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, spray with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. Bars - In a large, microwave-safe bowl melt the butter, about 1 minute on high power.
  3. Wait momentarily before adding the egg so you don't scramble it. Add the egg, brown sugar, lime juice (I used closer to 1/3 cup), lime zest, vanilla, and whisk until combined.
  4. Add the coconut and stir to combine.
  5. Add the flour, optional salt, and stir until just combined; don't overmix.
  6. Add the white chocolate chips and stir to combine.
  7. Turn batter out into prepared pan, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula.
  8. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean, or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter. Allow bars to cool in pan for about 30 minutes before glazing.
  9. Lime Glaze - In a medium bowl, add 1 cup confectioners' sugar, 2 tablespoons lime juice, and whisk until smooth. As necessary, add additional lime juice (or sugar) to reach desired glaze consistency. Glaze should be fairly thin and easily pourable over the bars.
  10. Evenly pour glaze over bars, smoothing it lightly with a spatula as necessary.
  11. Evenly sprinkle about 1 cup coconut over the top before slicing and serving. Bars will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

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74 Responses to “Coconut Lime White Chocolate Bars”

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    Lucy — April 29, 2014 at 3:45 am

    Yum yum yum! I’m sold. Especially as the recipe seems so easy (I’ve yet to try it so we’ll see how that turns out..!) xxx

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    Janet — April 29, 2014 at 3:57 am

    These look delicious! I love citrus desserts and these look like a must to try!
    Thanks for the recipe and your pictures-beautiful as always!!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 29th, 2014 at 4:53 am

      Thanks for the photo compliments, Janet. I appreciate it!

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    Chloe — April 29, 2014 at 4:19 am

    These look amazing! I love coconut and I love lime :-) These are pinned!

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    Laura @ Raise Your Garden — April 29, 2014 at 4:26 am

    These bars might just take me on that vaca to Key West I’m been thinking about.

    Usually, I just look up sunny vacation pictures in the Caribbean on my computer for that “free” getaway, but coconut and lime seems to have the same effect on me. And making these is much cheaper than the airfare =)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 29th, 2014 at 4:52 am

      Oh they are so Key West, you’re right! I can hear Jimmy Buffet now :)

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    Paula — April 29, 2014 at 4:31 am

    I’ve never had a lime shortbread bar but these look amazing and so creative. I love every element in them and undoubtedly felt a tropical vibe from the title….I can see why they’d make you want to head back to Aruba! I think Jon would like these too–we love our chocolate and PB but something citrusy sounds refreshing.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 29th, 2014 at 4:52 am

      Make him some margaritas to wash these down with :) After that margarita post, I had so many limes, Paula! They were so cheap. Like 6 or so for about 2 bucks and I was well-stocked :) PB & C is great but now that the weather is warmer, something about fruity is nice!

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    Maryea {happy healthy mama} — April 29, 2014 at 4:44 am

    This makes ME want to jump on a flight to Aruba, too. Coconut+lime is one of my favorite flavor combos. I love the easy factor of these, too!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 29th, 2014 at 4:50 am

      Easy, the way to go. You know it mama :)

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    Sarah@WholeandHeavenlyOven — April 29, 2014 at 5:01 am

    Oh, man these bars look AMAZING. I love tropical flavored desserts any time, but especially this time of year when the weather starts getting warmer and all the citrus fruit is on sale. :D These bars are calling out to me— I love how dense, moist, and non-cakey they look and I’ll bet they have a full-on lime flavor from the bar itself and that lovely lime icing! pinned.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 29th, 2014 at 5:02 am

      Non-cakey and dense for sure. Full on tropical-ness indeed! Thanks for pinning :)

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    Belinda@themooblushbaker — April 29, 2014 at 5:05 am

    mmm! these are like a tropical getaway but in a cake bar. With the weather cooling down in Australia I am looking for recipe that restore some sun shine to the days. That texture is perfect!

    While I might be a full on fan of white choc the limes and coconut are enough to sway me to make these.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 29th, 2014 at 12:45 pm

      I hope these are your last hurrah of summer kind of bar. I always forget you guys are opposite of us!

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    Kitchen Belleicious — April 29, 2014 at 5:14 am

    it just makes me want to sing, Put a lime in the coconut! LOL! I love these bars of pure goodness! So delicious

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog — April 29, 2014 at 5:14 am

    You gotta love a good one-bowl recipe. These bars look amazing. I love the bright flavor of limes.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 29th, 2014 at 12:44 pm

      Bright flavors – yes! You’re so right!

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    Cassie — April 29, 2014 at 5:15 am

    Cinco-de-Mayo perfection, for sure. I love the coconut/lime combo!

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    Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Baker — April 29, 2014 at 5:16 am

    These bars makes me want to jump on a plane, head somewhere sunny, sip margaritas and scoff these bars

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    lisatberry — April 29, 2014 at 5:30 am

    These look so moist..luv the combo of lime and coconut…I think a margarita would be the perfect companion.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 29th, 2014 at 12:43 pm

      Yes to wash it down with, for sure :)

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    The Vegan 8 — April 29, 2014 at 5:33 am

    These look and sound incredible! I love the idea if coconut and lime together! Sounds amazing. I make a lemon glaze like this over my shortbread but I’ve got to try it with lime too now!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 29th, 2014 at 12:43 pm

      It’s a great glaze. Just tart, sweet, and so good!

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    Jessica @ Portuguese Girl Cooks — April 29, 2014 at 5:35 am

    These look amazing! I love the combo of flavours!

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    Laura Dembowski — April 29, 2014 at 5:36 am

    My taste buds need a tropical vacation because spring is not happening. These bars look fantastic. Lime and coconut go so well together.

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — April 29, 2014 at 6:39 am

    CHEERS! This is fiesta turned dessert. Love it!

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    Brett @ MisterMartha.com — April 29, 2014 at 7:13 am

    Craving lime now! Adding to my “must make NOW” list–thanks for the inspiration! :-)

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — April 29, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Oh my, I’m drooling. I am so addicted to lime right now and I could eat it ALL!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 29th, 2014 at 12:43 pm

      You and me both. Except Ive been doing more drinking of it than eating of it :)

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    Todd | HonestlyYUM — April 29, 2014 at 7:30 am

    Now THIS is what I’m talking about!! I’d put that glaze on just about everything!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 29th, 2014 at 12:42 pm

      Todd it was so good! The tangy-ness was just perfect!

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    Mademoiselle Gourmande — April 29, 2014 at 7:53 am

    This looks so delicious – so very moist… Such a great way of using your left over lime… :)

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    Annie @Maebells — April 29, 2014 at 8:05 am

    How fun! You can’t go wrong with a lime and coconut flavor combo!

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    Katie — April 29, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Lime and white chocolate is a great combination. I need to get some white chocolate chips. I tend to forget about them, but I love them every time I eat them, so i’m not really sure why.

    I’d skip the coconut on these, because…yeah.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 29th, 2014 at 12:40 pm

      I know you’re not a coconut fan like this and even for me, I have to be careful b/c it can get to be too much texture in a hurry but with the lime and the lime glaze, super good :)

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    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence — April 29, 2014 at 10:08 am

    I’m loving all of these flavors here. I don’t think I could just eat one of these bars ;)!!

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — April 29, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Yes, please! The flavors combo sounds fabulous! Pinned!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 29th, 2014 at 12:39 pm

      Thanks for pinning and for your FB note :)

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    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — April 29, 2014 at 10:22 am

    A taste of the tropics! These bars look fantastic. I also prefer a strong citrus zing. Love the combination of white chocolate and coconut.

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    Amanda — April 29, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Absolutely delicious sounding!

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    Carol at Wild Goose Tea — April 29, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Yes to tropical vacations!!!!! My imagination has gone into overdrive. That is what happens when you read a food blog right before lunch. Sigh. Wonderful combo of ingredients. Now let’s talk about all those limes and margarita makings you have laying around your house. What did you say your address is?
    Lol

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 29th, 2014 at 12:39 pm

      LOL well I made these while I was in Aruba and I wish I was back there right now putting all those limes to good use :)

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    Gloria // Simply Gloria — April 29, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Averie, I’ve just come to love the taste of lime and coconut recently. I don’t know where I’ve been… I must get out more, maybe! But, I am loving how you created these decadent bars!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — April 29, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Love your tropical twist on these bars!

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    laurel @wannacomewith — April 29, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    This sounds right up my alley. I’m a big citrus fan, and it pairs so beautifully with coconut and white chocolate. Yay! Pinned and planning on making it this summer!

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    Danae @ Recipe Runner — April 29, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Averie I’m loving the lime recipes! I could totally eat a pan of these bars with a pitcher of your all natural margaritas! And while I’m at it I might as well have a few of your key lime bars too!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 29th, 2014 at 4:23 pm

      Glad you like all the lime recipes!

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    Ilona @ Ilona's Passion — April 29, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    This must be delicious! Pinned it:)

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    Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking — April 29, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    I’m totally loving your lime recipe kick! I tend to think of lemons and oranges when it comes to citrus, but rarely lime… The pairing with white chocolate and coconut sounds so tropical and absolutely irresistible! And your plates are so pretty. Where do you find them all??

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 29th, 2014 at 6:30 pm

      These plates are in my house in Aruba. When I’m there, I find plates at the most random places. Usually Asian markets and they’re super cheap. Like 2 bucks each. When I’m in San Diego, thrift stores, Anthropologie, ebay, etsy, all over :)

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      • Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking replied: — April 29th, 2014 at 6:33 pm

        I wish plates were that cheap here! I need to go thrift store shopping more often, but there just aren’t very many where I live. Aka, umm, 1 that I know of. That’s what I get for living in a college town; everything is dominated by Target and Walmart instead!

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    Mary Frances — April 29, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    I really thought that slab in the first picture was one serving … don’t burst my bubble and tell me otherwise :) I am loving this white chocolate/citrus combo! I need to try it asap. Love the coconut, too! Three of my favorites all in one bar!

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    marla — April 29, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Now these bars certainly are a vacation!! Pinned :)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 30th, 2014 at 2:22 am

      Thanks for pinning and I wish we were on vacation somewhere with lime and coconut and tropical breezes :)

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    Julie @ This Gal Cooks — April 29, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    I’ll take one of these with one of those margaritas you shared the other day. What a great recipe. I’m totally digging these bars. Pinned!

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    Polly @ Tasty Food Project — April 29, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    Wow, these look amazing! I love anything with coconut!

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    Jaclyn — April 29, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Love these photos – so pretty! And love this combo too!

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    Kelly — April 30, 2014 at 12:19 am

    These bars look incredible! I am totally obsessed with coconut and love lime anything so this combo sounds perfect to me! I can’t wait to try it – thanks for sharing another stellar recipe Averie :) Pinned!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — April 30, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    These look so summery and luscious, Averie! I’d love to bake up a batch for my upcoming BBQ!

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    sippitysup — April 30, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Oh if only coconut were really so easy. I have so many coconut haters in my life it saddens me. Thanks for the coconut fix while they weren’t looking. GREG

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 30th, 2014 at 4:38 pm

      I know, there are total coconut haters out there. They’re crazy :)

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    Jenn@eatcakefordinner — April 30, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    I love that you get to go to Aruba and make amazing desserts like this. Keep the lime recipes coming – I love them!

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    Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking — April 30, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    Seriously where is everyone finding these limes?! It’s like GA is the only State with a shortage or something! Rock hard and $1.50 each! It’s practically a crime….

    Especially when you post something as delicious as coconut lime bars…it’s just too cruel! These looks delicious and as soon as I get my hands on some limes that cost a small fortune, I’ll be making it!!

    ps- I posted your cream cheese chocolate chip cookie recipe today. I hope you got the link back but sometimes it doesn’t work. silly internet. Anyways, they were TO DIE FOR. I now want to put cream cheese in everything!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 30th, 2014 at 9:56 pm

      Never got that ping but off to see it now :) Glad you loved them!

      And others have written about these pricey limes. Mine are 49 cents each at TJs and sometimes I can get 3 for a buck at the reg. groc store. If they are more than that, I wouldn’t buy them! $1.50 each for non-juicy limes sounds like highway robbery! ugh!

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    J.S. @ Sun Diego Eats — May 1, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    You know I don’t usually like white chocolate….but when I do its with coconut and something tart like limes ;) This is the perfect dessert that just brings all those things together

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    Jocelyn@BruCrew Life — May 6, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    I’m loving all of these lime recipes from you! Especially this one. Coconut, lime, and white chocolate are divine together!! :) Pinned!

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    Mari — May 9, 2014 at 4:02 am

    I made these last week, they were AMAZING – so easy to make and very zingy, thanks!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — May 9th, 2014 at 9:57 am

      I’m so glad to hear that you loved them! Zingy indeed :) Thanks for trying the recipe!

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