Lime Sugar Cookies

Lime Sugar Cookies

I love adding limes to my desserts in the summertime.  I wanted something fresh and easy for entertaining, and just had to make a lime cookie.  I first came up with this recipe last summer, to celebrate Father’s Day.  It took me a few tries to get the lime flavor where I wanted it.  My mother-in-law suggested that I also add lime zest to the glaze.  That change really made a difference and added the lime punch I was looking for.  I literally couldn’t stop eating them.  These cookies are an ideal dessert for a summer event.  If you want a flavorful and refreshing dessert, try out these cookies.  You will not be disappointed.  Did I mention, they are super easy to make?  I hope you make these cookies a part of your summer 😀

Lime Cookies Recipe

Lime Cookies Recipe


  • 3 cups all purpose flour (I use unbleached)
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tbsp 2% milk
  • zest of 1 lime
  • oil for greasing cookie pan
  • zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • Zest 1 lime and set aside. Sift the flour and baking powder together and then add salt and whisk until combined.
  • Place the softened butter and sugar in the mixer and cream them together, by mixing on high (start on low until sugar is incorporated) until light and fluffy (3-5 minutes). Scrape the bowl as needed throughout this process.
  • Add the egg and mix until incorporated, followed by the zest, and then the milk.
  • While the mixer is on low, steadily add the flour mixture. Mix until the dough is formed. Place the dough on top of a large sheet of parchment paper. Pat the dough down slightly. Place an equal-sized piece of parchment paper on top. With your roller, roll out to 1/4 inch thickness. The parchment paper on top makes the rolling easier and cuts down on mess. Once rolled, keep the dough covered and place in the fridge for at least 1 hour. It is best to keep it flat (a baking sheet works well here).
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Remove the dough from the fridge and keep the parchment paper underneath. Cut out your shapes and place on a greased baking sheet and in the oven. They should be done in 11-13 minutes, and will be lightly golden on the bottom and just beginning to become light golden around the edges. Place on cooling racks.
  • Zest the other lime. Make the glaze, by juicing one lime and adding the juice to the powdered sugar. After the glaze is mixed, stir in the zest. If you want less of a lime taste, skip the zest. Set aside until the cookies are cooled.
  • Once the cookies are cooled, paint on the glaze (use a pastry or cake paint brush). You can also add colored sugar or sprinkles to make them more festive. Stored in an airtight container, they will last for several days. They are best the next day.
  • Notes

    You can make this dough ahead and keep in the fridge for a few days or even the freezer for at least a few weeks (thaw out ahead of time).

    I am excited to bring these cookies to Fiesta Friday #123 (The co-hosts this week are Margy @ La Petite Casserole and Linda @ La Petite Paniere) and Throwback Thursday #42!

    74 Responses to“Lime Sugar Cookies”

    1. 06/09/2016 at 9:34 am #

      You make such great treats that none could ever ignore Antonia….

        06/09/2016 at 9:41 am #

        You are so sweet Swapna! Thank you 🙂

    2. 06/09/2016 at 9:34 am #

      Those look wonderful, especially because I love lime.

        06/09/2016 at 9:42 am #

        Thank you Peggy! Me too 😀

    3. 06/09/2016 at 9:37 am #

      Love anything lime, it’s my favorite and your cookies are just beautiful.

        06/09/2016 at 9:44 am #

        Thank you Suzanne! Me too, and I can’t get enough lime this time of year 😛

    4. 06/09/2016 at 10:39 am #

      They are looking absolutely delicious 🙂

        06/09/2016 at 1:47 pm #

        Thank you Andhra!

    5. 06/09/2016 at 10:40 am #

      You make me want to learn how to bake!! So yummy!!

        06/09/2016 at 1:49 pm #

        You’re too funny! Thank you Paula 😀

    6. 06/09/2016 at 10:47 am #

      These sound refreshingly wonderful for a summer treat!

        06/09/2016 at 1:50 pm #

        Thanks Karen! They really are perfect for summer 😛

    7. 06/09/2016 at 12:10 pm #

      How cute are those little cookies! I could see me overdoing it… getting carried away eating way too many!

        06/09/2016 at 1:54 pm #

        Thanks Sadie! I had these little butterfly cutters to use on fondant, and was happy to find another use for them 😀 It is hard not to get carried away! They really are delicious.

    8. 06/09/2016 at 2:35 pm #

      I love a citrus flavor in baked goods or anything for that matter. They look yummy!

        06/09/2016 at 9:41 pm #

        I do too 😀 Thank you Judi!

    9. 06/09/2016 at 4:11 pm #

      Delightful presentation Antonia!! Little cookies in a martini glass!! Love it 🙂 🙂

        06/09/2016 at 9:48 pm #

        Thank you so much Linda! They are so refreshing, I had to put them in a 😉

    10. 06/09/2016 at 6:41 pm #

      They look and sound so good my jaws are salivating!

      I tossed out all my flour after receiving a recall notice from the market. It’s time to stock up again!

        06/09/2016 at 9:52 pm #

        Haha, thank you Deborah 😀 I usually buy King Arthur, but had bought some Gold Medal a month ago and used it before I heard about the recall. Glad we didn’t get sick!

    11. 06/09/2016 at 7:16 pm #

      Oh My!!!

    12. 06/10/2016 at 8:55 am #

      A refeshing cookie?!! Sounds wonderful, Antonia 🙂

        06/10/2016 at 9:03 am #

        I know, right? Limes are just wonderful! Thank you Diana!

    13. 06/10/2016 at 9:04 am #

      This is such a lovely, unique idea, Antonia. 🙂

        06/10/2016 at 9:13 am #

        Thank you so much Lynne 😀

    14. 06/10/2016 at 9:08 am #

      Lime is such a refreshing summer flavor Antonia! I love where you’re going with these cookies! I’m bookmarking them so I can use this recipe a little later this summer 🙂 And great tip about making the dough ahead of time and freezing for later use- I’m all about shortcuts!

        06/10/2016 at 9:16 am #

        Aren’t they awesome? I love limes in the summer! Thank you Heather and I hope you enjoy them! I can’t believe it is summer…so excited 😀

    15. 06/10/2016 at 9:33 am #

      What beautiful little cookies. I love the way you’ve served them too. It just makes them ready for a tea party.

        06/10/2016 at 5:51 pm #

        Thank you for the kind words Julie 😀

    16. 06/10/2016 at 10:39 am #

      I don’t think I’ve ever had a lime cookie before, but my mouth is drooling thinking about it. Thanks for sharing!!

        06/10/2016 at 10:09 pm #

        Thank you Justine 😀 They are very tasty! Thank you for stopping by!

    17. 06/10/2016 at 7:38 pm #

      I totally agree Antonia! I love lemon and lime in Summer recipes (and not only). Your cookies look amazing, both for the nice shape and for the ingredients you used! Thanks a lot for being at FF!

        06/10/2016 at 10:19 pm #

        Thank you for the kind words Margy! Have a wonderful weekend and Happy FF 😀

    18. 06/10/2016 at 10:06 pm #

      These are so precious and gorgeous – little works of art! I don’t even know if I’d want to eat them, but might just admire them for awhile!!

        06/10/2016 at 10:24 pm #

        You are so sweet Mollie, thank you! Have a fantastic weekend!

    19. 06/11/2016 at 6:04 am #

      Oh my these must taste wonderful. Limes equal summer.

        06/15/2016 at 9:11 pm #

        Thank you so much Ruth! I hope you are having a nice week 😀

        • 06/16/2016 at 10:51 pm #

          Thanks Antonia. You too, I hope.

          06/17/2016 at 3:06 pm #


    20. 06/14/2016 at 4:59 pm #

      These cookies look mouth-wateringly gorgeous, Antonia. They’re so pretty and dainty, it’s no wonder the kiddies love them! They really look too good to eat.

        06/15/2016 at 9:12 pm #

        Thank you Millie! You are so sweet 😀 I hope you have a wonderful rest of your week!

    21. 06/14/2016 at 5:50 pm #

      These look really tasty! Cookies have always been my favourite recipes. 🙂

        06/15/2016 at 9:14 pm #

        Thanks Louise! I love cookies too 😀 I hope you are having a great week!

    22. 06/15/2016 at 3:30 am #

      I adore lime! These cookies are so sweet – love the styling, too 🙂

        06/15/2016 at 9:16 pm #

        Me too 😀 Thank you! Have a great rest of your week!

    23. 06/15/2016 at 7:28 am #

      How cute are those?! And I love the addition of lime for summer. Thanks so much for sharing at Throwback Thursday!

        06/15/2016 at 9:18 pm #

        Thank you for the kind words Carlee! I hope you are having a nice week!

    24. 06/15/2016 at 7:53 am #

      I love lime and these look so cute as well!

        06/15/2016 at 9:20 pm #

        I do too 😀 Thank you Caroline! Have a fabulous end to your week!

    25. 06/16/2016 at 11:06 am #

      Oh I love them!

        06/16/2016 at 4:58 pm #

        Thank you so much! Have a wonderful rest of your Thursday 😀

        • 06/16/2016 at 6:12 pm #

          Thank you! Wishing you a great day too!

          06/17/2016 at 5:15 pm #

          Thank you 😀

    26. 06/16/2016 at 6:19 pm #

      these are so lovely Antonia and I love the flavor!

        06/17/2016 at 5:15 pm #

        Thanks Lynn! Have a great weekend!

        • 06/17/2016 at 5:44 pm #

          you too!

          06/17/2016 at 6:08 pm #

          Thank you 😀

    27. 06/17/2016 at 7:54 pm #

      Just a quick note to say we loved featuring you on Throwback Thursday!! 🙂 You Rocked these cookies!!!


        06/17/2016 at 11:02 pm #

        Thank you Mollie! I was so happy to see that I was featured, thanks again 😀

    28. 06/20/2016 at 10:15 am #

      These look delectable. And isn’t zest the most amazing?!

        06/21/2016 at 9:53 pm #

        Thanks Katie! Yes, I love zest!

    29. 07/07/2016 at 10:10 pm #

      I’m so making these Antonia. It is so difficult to spend time in the kitchen now, but for lime sugar cookies I’ll do it, even if I end up baking from the floor — or a short stool to make it easier to open the oven. Summer to me always needs limes, lemons and mint. Add some sugar and you have everything needed for a refreshing day. Now I need a tall glass of mint lemonade before sleep. Thank you my friend.

        07/11/2016 at 10:50 pm #

        Thank you Angie! I am so sorry you are having trouble. I hope you enjoy them if you are able to make them 😀 Mint lemonade sounds amazing and so perfect for summer! Have a wonderful week!

        • 07/12/2016 at 12:23 am #

          Mint lemonade really is wonderful, and since mine is grown indoors I have it all year round. It tastes just as good to me in winter as it does in summer, although hot chocolate is better during winter months than the lemonade, unless I heat it.

          07/12/2016 at 10:58 pm #

          I need to grow herbs indoors….that sounds wonderful!

    30. 11/08/2016 at 8:37 pm #

      Ooooh, lime is so good! These are super pretty.

        11/09/2016 at 10:50 pm #

        Thank you so much! 😀


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