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key lime cookies

(1 rating)
Blue Ribbon 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.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

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 rating)
yield 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!