Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Lime Sugar Cookies

I first saw these lime sugar cookies through Patricia of Technicolor Kitchen who changed the recipe from Pinch My Salt to lime instead of lemon sugar cookies. And what a delicious recipe it is. These cookies were very soft, with slightly crispy edges. I'm used to hard sugar cookies, but I must say that while hard ones can be delicious, these ones are a welcome addition to my cookie repertoire. I'm not sure what happened to mine around the edges as they looked kind of cracked - and the middles of my cookies look deflated. Maybe I beat too much air into the batter? Anyway, I'd like more lime flavour so next time I'll add more (and maybe white chocolate? mmm). I'm not sure what happened with my photos of these cookies as most of them are kind of pink so unfortunately this is the only photo I've got!

Giant Lime (or Lemon) Sugar Cookies
Adapted from Pinch My Salt

Yield: 24 giant cookies

1/2 cup sugar
Zest from 2 limes (separating out 1 tsp)
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 cup butter, room temperature
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 3/4 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp baking soda

Prepare lime sugar: In a mini food processor, blend 1/2 cup sugar with 1 tsp lime zest*. Pulse several times until the lime zest is incorporated into the sugar. Put sugar mixture in a shallow bowl and stir lightly with a fork to break up any clumps. Set aside.

Prepare cookie dough: In a medium bowl, stir together flour, salt, cream of tartar and baking soda. Set aside.

Cream together butter and remaining 1 1/2 cup sugar. Blend in eggs, one at a time then add vanilla, lemon juice, and remaining lemon zest. Add flour mixture, one cup at a time, blending well after each addition, until all flour is incorporated.

Refrigerate dough for one hour.

Preheat oven to 350F.

Using a jumbo cookie scoop or your hands, shape two tablespoonfuls of dough into a ball and roll in lemon sugar. Place ball of dough on cookie sheet and press down lightly with the bottom of a glass until cookie is about 1/2 inch thick. Repeat. Six cookies will fit on one pan.

Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees.

*I ground the sugar too fine so don't be overzealous like me. Or if you can't stop yourself from being overzealous, use coarse sugar.


ovenhaven said...

These sound so good! I love lime, and the idea of lime sugar cookies is very interesting. I think they look really cute :)

Gretchen Noelle said...

I had marked this one ages ago because I too thought they sounded so good. Thanks for the reminder!!!

slush said...

They look awesome. I love all things citrusy, especially in the winter.

winedeb said...

I have been looking for an easy, portable, sweet treat and this looks like it will fit the bill. I have a small lime tree and just pulled off a couple of limes yesterday. I know where they are headed!

Anonymous said...

These look really delicious. I like the idea of lime in a cookie. Yum!

Deborah said...

I like my sugar cookies soft. I've had this cookie recipe bookmarked - I guess it's time I give them a try!!

Patricia Scarpin said...

I'm so glad to see you like these! Nicole's recipe is a winner. I intend to make them again, this time with lemon.

Kelly said...

Hmm, I love a soft sugar cookie, and the lime addition sounds delicious!

BitterSweet said...

Sounds like a great recipe to shake off the winter blues. It's like the light at the end of the tunnel, reminding us that spring will be here soon!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

These look great. Lime and white chocolate sounds wonderful!

Sarah said...

Yum! I made these too, for Christmas. :) I don't usually like sugar cookies, but everyone else loved them! I too thought they could use a little more lime.

DK said...

Oh this one went to my 'must try' list straightaway! Luks v good :)

Kevin said...

Lemon/lime sugar cookies sound good! I like using lemons/limes in sweets.

Jaime said...

yum! i LOVE lime!!! maybe try with key limes instead for more flavor?

jennifer said...

I agree with everyone's comments. Lime is awesome! I think especially now when it's cold and winter-y outside lime is a great reminder of summer. Nice!


Anonymous said...

aaahh I wish I had limes!!! these look like they didn't las long....

Cakespy said...

Oh gosh, there used to be a bakery near where I worked that had something called the "mojito" cookie which looked very similar to this. They closed because of a flooding problem and decided not to re-open :-( it broke my heart, but this recipe might help bring back some of those memories!

vegan blog tracker said...

You just had to go and break out the cookies, didn't you? Now I have a craving...

Gigi said...

These cookie are on my list to bake. I can't wait!

Helene said...

I just emailed you asking for places to shop in Vancouver. I'm going tomorrow. Waiting to hear from you.

javagirlkt's cookin' said...

mmmmm, looks wonderful :)

Bellini Valli said...

I do have a bag of limes in the fridge.....:D

Emiline said...

Those cookies look nice; big and sturdy. Sounds like a winner to me.

jd said...


Those sugar cookies look great! In fact, the lime kinda makes me think of a margarita... I can't wait to give them a try!

Delish :)

VeggieGirl said...

Oooh, lime sugar cookies... how divine and refreshing!!

Hey, I LIKE the cracked edges on the cookies! :0)

cammu said...

Twice, i made a similar recipe, it's verry good.

cinderelly said...

i adore lime...i like it even better than chocolate! i will have to try these too!

eatme_delicious said...

ovenhaven: Thanks!

gretchen: Glad I could be a reminder. ;)

slush: Thanks!

winedeb: Ooo you have a lime tree! Hope you like the cookies.

romina: Thanks!

deborah: Indeed. :)

patricia: I want to try them out with lemon too.

kelly: Mmm yes I love soft sugar cookies too!

bittersweet: That's a great way to think of them. :)

cookie baker lynn: Thanks!

sarah: Yea they are quite good but just need a bit more lime!

dk: Hope you like them!

kevin: Me too.

jaime: That's a good idea though I don't often see key limes available.

jennifer: Lime is quite tasty. :)

bbaking: Haha no but then I did give them away for Christmas.

cakespy: Mmm a mojito cookie sounds like it would be delicious!

vegan blog tracker: Haha sorry. ;)

gigi: Hope you like them!

helene: I sent off a reply! Hope you had a good time in Vancouver.

javagirlkt: Thanks!

bellini: You must make these cookies then. :)

emiline: Thanks!

jd: Mmm margarita cookies...

veggiegirl: Aw thanks!

cammu: Ohh great I will check yours out too.

cinderelly: Better than chocolate?? I like lime but not that much. ;)

Jerri said...

I've had lemon sugar cookies but never lime. what a great idea. it sounds yummy!

eatme_delicious said...

Jerri: It is yummy! You should try it. :)