key lime cookies

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a recipe by
Carol Zahn
Highlands Ranch, CO

These cookies are yummy! Not too tart, but just the right amount so you know you are eating a lime cookie. They are made green by adding a little green food coloring.

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These cookies taste like pure summer. The cookie is similar to a sugar cookie with a hint of key lime flavor. The lime isn't overpowering, but you know it's there. You can eat the cookies alone, but if you have a sweet tooth, the lime buttercream adds a ton of sweetness and additional lime flavor.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 1
serves 36 Cookies
prep time 10 Min
cook time 10 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For key lime cookies

  • 2 3/4 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp
  • 1 c
  • 1 1/2 c
  • 1
  • 3-4 Tbsp
    lime juice or key lime juice
  • 1 tsp
  • zest of one lime
  • green food coloring
  • 4 c
    powdered sugar
  • 1/2 c
  • 3-4 Tbsp
    lime juice

How To Make key lime cookies

Test Kitchen Tips
If you want your cookies very green, add more food coloring. They will lighten as they bake.
  • Cream butter, sugar, egg, lime juice, lime zest, and vanilla in a bowl.
    Cream butter, sugar, and egg. Add lime juice, lime zest, and vanilla to creamed mixture.
  • Green food coloring added.
    Add a few drops of food coloring to desired green.
  • Adding dry ingredients.
    Add dry ingredients and mix well.
  • Dough on a baking sheet.
    Drop by tablespoon full. I line my cookie sheets with the dull side of aluminum foil up for easy clean-up. You can just pick up the foil and baked cookies and move them to the counter at this point. They will cool there.
  • Cookies baking in the oven.
    Bake at 350 for 8 - 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Butter, powdered sugar, and lime juice for frosting.
    For frosting, cream the butter. Add the powdered sugar and lime juice a little at a time. Add green food coloring if desired.
  • Frosting the key lime cookies.
    You can frost a single cookie, but I usually make a sandwich cookie out of them. But of course, you get fewer cookies that way. Enjoy!