Lime Sugar Cookies

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One of my favorite desserts has to be cookies.  I don’t eat them often, but when I do I usually make them.  I enjoy making up my own cookie recipes, and trying different flavors.  With it being summer, I decided to try a cookie with lime.  I used my basic sugar cookie recipe and made a couple of adjustments, and then added lime zest.  I also made a lime glaze to top them off.  They turned out really delicious.  If you like lime, you will love these cookies.  They would be just perfect after a spicy and flavorful Mexican meal. Maybe some fajitas, with chicken marinated in lime juice paired with garlic?

These cookies are flavorful and refreshing, and a perfect summer treat.

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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).

    10 Responses to“Lime Sugar Cookies”

    1. 06/25/2015 at 12:42 pm #

      What a great summer cookie!! I love the butterfly design too! Indeed these would be perfect after a spicy meal: )))) thanks for the inspiration!

        06/25/2015 at 4:27 pm #

        Thanks Lia, you are so sweet! I have been waiting for a reason to use my butterfly cookie cutters. They really are good…and I ate way too many of them!

        • 06/25/2015 at 4:29 pm #

          The butterflies are perfect for summer! Enjoy them: ))))

          06/25/2015 at 4:37 pm #

          Yes, they are 😉

    2. 06/26/2015 at 12:36 am #

      Ooh sounds interesting! I love sugar cookies but this is a interesting new way to make them.

        06/26/2015 at 9:22 am #

        Thank you Sima! I hope you get a chance to try them, and let me know if you do 🙂

    3. 06/27/2015 at 2:54 pm #

      They look yummy, Antonia! We love sugar cookies and your lime twist is such a great idea!

        06/29/2015 at 9:05 am #

        Thank you Francesca! They are really yummy and so nice for summer 🙂

    4. 07/01/2015 at 1:10 am #

      What is unbleached all purpose flour?

        07/01/2015 at 9:07 am #

        Hi Swapna! It is the same as all purpose flour, but has not been bleached with chemicals and it is not as processed. It is also slightly more flavorful. Both flours can be used interchangeably. Let me know if you have more questions 🙂

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