Monday, December 3, 2012

Lime Meltaways

This post was originally published in Lindaraxa last August.

We make these cookies every Christmas and give them away to our friends and neighbors.  Today I am making them for Madame Mere who arrives tomorrow.  She loves to have a cookie with her espresso after lunch and the Sous Chef gets another just because.  Of course my Wheat Belly regime will go out the window as well!

If you can find key limes, and they are around these days, they are a great substitute.

I'm so ready for this visit!

For the recipe click below

Lime Meltaways

  • Yield Makes about 3 dozen


  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • Finely grated zest of 2 limes or 4 key limes
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt


  1. Put butter and 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, and mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy. Add lime zest and juice and vanilla, and mix until fluffy.
  2. Whisk together flour, cornstarch, and salt in a bowl. Add to butter mixture, and mix on low speed until just combined.
  3. Divide dough in half. Place each half on an 8-by-12-inch sheet of parchment paper. Roll in parchment to form a log 1 1/4 inches in diameter, pressing a ruler along edge of parchment at each turn to narrow log. Refrigerate logs until cold and firm, at least 1 hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove parchment from logs; cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds. Space rounds 1 inch apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake cookies until barely golden, about 13 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool slightly, 8 to 10 minutes. While still warm, toss cookies with remaining 2/3 cup sugar in a resealable plastic bag. Cookies can be stored in airtight containers at room temperature up to 2 weeks.
Martha Stewart Living, December/January 1998/1999 


  1. I've made lemon but never lime and there ARE key limes in our markets. I shall have to try these!

  2. These look awesome, I need to break out of the oatmeal cookie box I put myself into every year.

    This recipe is so basic I wonder what other flavors you could do instead of lime? A pecan sandie?



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