I enjoy trying new things, especially when they seem a bit odd. For example, on the last road trip I took I tried eel sushi and it was amazing! So when I was looking for recipes including limes to use up extra limes I bought for my Top-Shelf Margarita Cheesecake, I came across this recipe which sounded rather peculiar. I would never think of making a lime-flavored cookie. Granted, it's not a different concept than putting lemon or orange in cookies, but for some reason limes just sounded weird to me. But I tell you what, after I made them they no longer sounded so weird--they're so stinkin' good! And cute too. I like the little green flecks of lime zest. The lime provided a surprisingly refreshing quality to the cookies, something I've definitely never experienced in sugar cookies. I took most of the batch to work and they were devoured. I was quite proud. =) Next time, in place of the lime I'll use either lemons or oranges just for fun. Maybe I'll even do a lemon-lime cookie. Or maybe I'll be adventurous and use grapefruit juice . . . we'll see . . .
Lime Sugar Cookies
Slightly adapted from My Baking Addiction
Makes about 3 dozen cookies
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups white sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 cup lime juice
- Zest of one lime
- Extra sugar for rolling cookies
--Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Also, pour some sugar (1/2 to 1 cup) into a bowl and set that aside for now. This will be used to roll the cookie dough balls in.
--Whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and the salt in a bowl and set aside for later.
--In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar. Beat until it's really fluffy.
--Add the egg, vanilla, lime juice, and lime zest. Mix until thoroughly combined.
--Stir in the flour mixture a little bit at a time. Combine thoroughly.
--Roll cookie dough into 1in balls, then roll the dough balls in the bowl of sugar. Coat 'em up!
--Place the sugary dough balls on the parchment-lined cookie sheets, about 1 1/2 - 2 inches apart.
--Bake for 8-10 minutes.
--Let cool on the cookie sheet for a couple minutes before moving them to a wire rack.