We just returned from my mother-in-law's house, where there are always all sorts of delectable treats. Here's one that we made together to try out her new microplane grater, which is, by the way a really cool gadget. This is a light and yummy summer treat...perfect for the sweltering heat here in the middle US.
Coconut Lemon Layer Bars
2 cups vanilla wafer crumbs
6 Tbs. butter, melted
1 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 Tbs. grated lemon peel, can add a little more if using fresh
3 Tbs. lemon juice
6 oz. white chocolate chips
1 cup sweetened flake coconut
1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place vanilla wafer crumbs and butter in a medium bowl. stir until combined. Press mixture into a 9 x 13 pan.
Beat cream cheese, lemon peel, lemon juice, and egg until smooth. Spread evenly over the crumb mixture.
Layer with chips, coconut, and nuts. Press down firmly.
Bake 25-30 minutes until lightly brown.
Refrigerate and serve cool.