Key Lime Meltaway Cookies

by Megan on May 18, 2012

I’ve been making waffles and pizza for dinner. I’ve been making waffles sandwiches for lunch and drinking beers in the backyard after work. I’ve had key lime cookies in my oven and powdered sugar on my outfit.

What I love about these cookies is that they aren’t too sweet. They’re perfectly zesty. And you can make these in the morning and deliver them to your favorites before noon. (I’m a morning person who wakes up with cookies on her mind.)

And don’t worry, these guys live up to their name. They truly melt in your mouth. Thank goodness. I’d hate to eat lying cookies.

Key Lime Meltaway Cookies {makes about 2 1/2 dozen}
Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart via Smitten Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 6 T unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 1/2 T + 2/3 cup powdered sugar, divided
  • zest of 2 key limes
  • 1 T freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 1/2 t vanilla extract
  • 1 cup minus 1 T all-purpose flour
  • 1 T cornstarch
  • big pinch of kosher salt

Directions:

  1. Using an electric mixer, beat together the butter and 2 1/2 tablespoons powdered sugar. Add the zest, juice, and vanilla. Beat until combined.
  2. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch and salt. Add to the buttery ingredients and mix with your electric mixer until a dough forms.
  3. Place dough on an 8×12 inch-ish sized piece of parchment paper and roll into a log about 1 1/4 inch in diameter. Chill at least one hour, or for 30 minutes in the fridge and then 10 in the freezer.
  4. Preheat your oven to 350F, and line two baking sheets wit parchment paper. Slice dough into 1/4-inch rounds and place on the prepared baking sheets about an inch apart.
  5. Bake until barely golden, about 12 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack. Place the remaining 2/3 cup powdered sugar in a sealed bag. Cool the cookies for 5 minutes, and while they’re still warm place cookies the sugar-filled bag and toss to coat. Bake remaining dough. Store cookies in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Rumor has it they get even lime-ier tasting the longer you have them.

Yay! Click HERE for a printable pdf of the recipe above.

Sliced and ready to bake. Feel free to sample at this point.

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

kangli May 18, 2012 at 7:53 am

Naise! Like how you can easily double it to get people loving you. 🙂

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Megan May 18, 2012 at 9:05 am

True that, Kangli!

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Lori May 18, 2012 at 9:03 am

My husband LOVES lime anything. I am definitely going to make these soon.

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Megan May 18, 2012 at 9:05 am

Ooh, yeah!

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Jay May 18, 2012 at 9:04 am

Holy jesus that’s a big bag of limes. That would cost a fortune over my ways. These cookies look dreamy. It’ll probably cost me $6 for one small not very nice lime but I’ll give them a go anyway …

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Megan May 18, 2012 at 9:06 am

Shucks! I hope you love them, though!

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cindy May 18, 2012 at 10:24 am

Lyin’ cookies are the worst! Waffles and backyard beers are the best though! Good thing these cookies are honest b/c they sound amazing!

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Megan May 18, 2012 at 10:25 am

Yeah girl! Honesty wins.

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Laura Dembowski May 18, 2012 at 11:43 am

I love anything key lime, but I’m having trouble finding them? Where did you buy yours? Thanks!

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Megan May 18, 2012 at 11:52 am

They’re from Holiday Market in Royal Oak! Regular limes will work too.

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Deanne May 18, 2012 at 9:50 pm

Ah, I love these cookies. Equally good with orange zest and grapefruit juice

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Megan May 20, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Yes! Or if they were orange with lemon sorbet ice cream sandwiches?! The more citrus, the better, right?

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kale May 21, 2012 at 12:50 am

Look at that gigantic bag of limes! I like. 🙂

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Megan May 26, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Yeah girl!

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Aileen May 25, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Theese were so easy to make and I love anything with limes.

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Megan May 26, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Awesome! And yeah, man. Limes are so lovely!

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