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If there is one bar that I remember my Grandma Marion making when I was young, it was these raspberry coconut bars. There is something so perfect about the flavour combination: the buttery shortbread base, the tart raspberry jam filling paired with the sweet, chewy coconut. Absolute flavour heaven!

Raspberry Coconut Bars
Raspberry Coconut Bars

I would have to say that these Raspberry Coconut Bars are one of my top 5 favourite bars of all time and that’s sure saying something. Why is it that baked goods with raspberry jam are so amazing? It’s like the old-fashioned raspberry walnut thumbprint cookies that I have here on The Kitchen Magpie. Those are one of my favourite cookies ever!

I suspect that the reason my Grandma made these raspberry coconut bars so often is that they freeze so incredibly well – indeed, like most bars and squares, there’s something a little magical about eating them half-frozen. The chewiness factor increases exponentially and of course, there is that whole “not having to wait for them to defrost” thing as well.

Like I had written in my book, my Grandma always had a large selection of frozen ” dainties” in her freezer, just in case neighbours or friends stopped by for afternoon coffee and a chat. You wouldn’t get caught unawares out on the farm without a diving selection of dainties that you could serve at a moment’s notice.

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So who has made or eaten raspberry coconut bars before? Are they a favourite from days gone by? I haven’t made them in years and was inspired to bake up a batch this past week. They are happily sitting in my freezer, awaiting company to serve them to!

Happy baking!

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Raspberry Coconut Bars

Raspberry Coconut Bars, the perfect bar recipe! It freezes well and tastes amazing! Perfect for your Christmas or holiday dessert table!

5 from 5 votes
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Total Time
1 hour
Karlynn Johnston


  • Crust
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • Filling
  • 1 cup raspberry jam of your choice
  • Topping
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8x8 or 9x9 pan and set aside.
  2. Mix the flour and sugar together, then cut in the butter with a pastry cutter until crust mixture resembles crumbs. Pat the crust evenly into bottom of the baking dish.
  3. Bake the crust in the oven for 10-12 minutes until lightly browned. Remove and set aside.
  4. Spread the jam over the top of the crust evenly.
  5. Mix the topping ingredients together until there are no lumps and spread evenly over the top. Return to the oven. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until the filling is firm and set.
  6. Remove and cool completely.
  7. Cool, then slice and serve! These freeze exceptionally well.

Recipe Notes

You can sub in any jam flavour that you want to!

Nutrition Information

Serving: 25g, Calories: 191kcal, Carbohydrates: 26g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 30mg, Sodium: 80mg, Potassium: 67mg, Sugar: 15g, Vitamin A: 175IU, Vitamin C: 1.7mg, Calcium: 13mg, Iron: 0.8mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. Bibi Abdulla says

    Love to bake bars because it is so easy, then it is cut into lots of serving sizes. I feel happy to bake easy things. I have never tried raspberry bars will do shortly. Thanks

  2. BevD says

    Wondered how you cut these bars to get 19 servings. I can see 6 X 3 = 18 or 4 x 5 = 20. I’m not thinking right about how you cut the bars. They sound delicious. Want to try them soon.

    • Norma says

      I expect she meant to input 9 servings, based on the total calorie count. Perhaps this is a typographical error.

  3. Danielle Renae Howatson says

    Sorry if this is answered somewhere I cannot see but 1/14 cups all purpose flour? Is this 1 1/4 cups AP flour or 1/4 cup AP…

    • Karlynn Johnston says

      It’s 1 and 1/4 cups all purpose flour.5 stars

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