The Official SEC Tailgating Cookbook by Southern Living

Tequila-Lime-Coconut Macaroon Bars

These are definitely a crowd pleaser! Whip them up for your next party!

Tequila-Lime-Coconut Macaroon Bars

Excerpted from The Official SEC Tailgating Cookbook by Southern Living, available wherever books are sold.

Makes: 3 dozen | Hands-on Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 5 minutes

2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
2 cups sugar, divided
1/2 cup cold butter, cut into pieces
4 large eggs
1 1/2 cups sweetened flaked coconut
3 tablespoons tequila
1 teaspoon lime zest
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Garnishes: powdered sugar, lime rind curls

PREHEAT oven to350°F.Linebottomandsidesofa13-x9-inch pan with heavy duty aluminum foil, allowing 2 inches to extend over sides; lightly grease foil.

STIR together 1 3/4 cups flour and 1/2 cup sugar. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or fork until crumbly. Press mixture onto bottom of prepared pan.

BAKE at 350°F for 20 to 23minutes or until lightly browned.

MEANWHILE, whisk eggs in a medium bowl until smooth; whisk in coconut, next 3 ingredients, and remaining 1 1/2 cups sugar. Stir together baking powder, salt, and remaining 1/4 cup flour; whisk into egg mixture. Pour over hot crust.

Bake at 350°F for 25minutes or until filling is set. Cool on a wire rack 1 hour. Lift from pan, using foil sides as handles. Remove foil, and cut into bars.