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Friday, November 12, 2010

Lime Shortbread Cookies

Remember that popular girl?   She was beautiful and smooth and sophisticated.  You could take her anywhere and she always fit in but at the same time she stood out in the crowd.  She got invited to all the parties.  Everyone wanted to be her.  She even smelled good!  This cookie is THAT GIRL.

It's buttery, shortbread taste is enhanced with a lime zest curd and a sprinkle of powdered sugar.  It's easy to make and you can take it anywhere.  It keeps well covered for several days, but they won't last that long.
They're just perfect for your Holiday Cookie tray, desert buffet, or cookie exchange.

Lime Shortbread Cookies
Makes 2 1/2 to 3 dozen cookies
1/3 Cup of granulated sugar
2 Tablespoons of lime juice
1 Tablespoon of grated lime zest
1 large egg
Green food coloring (optional)

½ cup of butter, softened
½ cup of granulated sugar
1 large egg yolk
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 ¼ cup of all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon of kosher salt
Powdered sugar, for sprinkling on top

Combine all the filling ingredients in a small saucepan. Stir well. Cook over medium-heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture comes to a boil and starts to thicken. Add the food color and stir to blend. Set aside to cool slightly.

Preheat the oven to 325ยบ F.

Cream the butter and sugar. Add the egg yolk and the vanilla and mix well. On low speed, add the flour and salt and mix until crumbly and blended. The mixture will be dry. Gather the dough into 1-inch balls and place on an un-greased cookie sheet. Make an indentation in the center of each and slightly flatten. Spoon filling into each cookie.

Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the cookies are set but not brown. Cool completely and remove from the cookie sheet. Sprinkle the tops with powdered sugar.


  1. Yum! I love shortbread, and never thought of making it with lime. I really like the drop of bright green lime color too...very pretty effect.

  2. Bonnie, I love your introduction:) I think I need to make these. They sound so delicious, and that green would look so pretty on my cookie tray!

  3. They are such pretty cookies for Christmas or anytime. We love shortbread around here. Your intro was very clever too! Joni

  4. That lime curd really makes your cookies look pretty, plus I love the idea of having some great lime flavor in every bite.

  5. Love the color and they sound like they will melt in your mouth!

  6. I will be making these come cookie baking time. The look and sound delicious!

  7. I'm imagining what these taste like and they taste awesome. The buttery shortbread vs the tart lime curd would be fantastic!

  8. These are gorgeous -- and they're definitely "that girl". What a beautiful presentation...and again, gorgeous treats :)

  9. I'm already in love with these cookies, thanks for the recipe :) Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  10. Oh Yum, Lime flavored cookies! Definitely saving this recipe. I came back to visit today and now I'm your newest follower. :)

  11. I love the look of these little treats

  12. Bonnie - can you say how many cookies this recipe makes?

  13. Hi Robin,

    I've amended the recipe that say that it makes approximately 2 1/2 to 3 dozen cookies. Thanks for the reminder.