Sunday, December 7, 2008

Lime Meltaways

I thought that with Christmas around the corner I would do up a recipe for something green. Even though you normally associate lime with summer, their still a cute green color which is probably the closest my mind has come to the season :) Without much snow around here it isn't feeling super festive. Not that I'm complaining about the warmer weather. If you love anything involving citrus or know someone that loves citrus, these will be sure to please. Not your typical sweet tooth cookie. Anyways, here it is!


¾ cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
⅓ cup confectioners sugar, Plus 3 Tbsp
2 Limes zest
3 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
1¾ cups plus 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
2 tbsp cornstarch
¼ teasp coarse salt


Put butter and confectioners sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, and mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy.

Add lime zest and juice and vanilla, and mix until fluffy. If you would like to add some green food coloring, now would be the time to add it.

Whisk together flour, cornstarch, and salt in a bowl. Add to butter mixture, and mix on low speed until just combined.

Divide dough in half. Place each half on an 8-by-12-inch sheet of parchment paper. Roll in parchment to form a log 1 1/4 inches in diameter, pressing a ruler along edge of parchment at each turn to narrow log. Refrigerate logs until cold and firm, at least 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove parchment from logs; cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds. Space rounds 1 inch apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake cookies until barely golden, about 13 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool slightly, 6 to 8 minutes.

While still warm, sprinkle cookies with remaining 2/3 cup sugar in a resealable plastic bag.

Rolled in parchment

Chilled and then sliced into cookies

Finished Cookies!

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