This week a wonderful friend dropped by with a big bag of fresh-picked-from-the-tree key limes! I was so excited! There might be a plethora of key lime posts for a bit as I cook and enjoy my way through them…
I know you can make a traditional key lime pie, but I wanted to see what else I could make with them because those can be a lot of work. So yesterday I started sifting and mixing ingredients and made the most delightful key lime cookies. I am sure there is a recipe out there somewhere for key lime cookies, but this one I am going to share is based on my tried and true chocolate cookie recipe that I altered just a bit along the way.
Also of interest to note, is that the key limes I had were more yellow in color, but there was no denying their key lime flavor and scent. I love that scent so much and have decided there needs to be a perfume scent of key limes somewhere out there I can buy. Or maybe that needs to be another post about brewing my way towards a new perfume scent…
Making these is actually really surprisingly easy, here are the ingredients you will need:
In total, you will need about 7 to 8 key limes, depending on size. Mine were fairly small but super juicy.
1/3 cup of butter
3/4 cup white sugar
2 1/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
2 to 3 tablespoons of key lime juice- I just cut the key limes in half, took out the seeds, and squeezed in the juice. I tasted the batter along the way until I felt it had enough key lime taste. You can decide how much you like and adjust.
1/4 cup of powdered sugar
2 teaspoons of milk
1 tablespoon of lime zest
- In total you will need about 7 to 8 key limes depending on size.
- Cookie Ingredients:
- 1/3 cup of butter
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 1/4 cup flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 to 3 tablespoons of key lime juice- I just cut the key limes in half and took out the seeds and squeezed in the juice, tasting the batter along the way until I felt it had enough key lime taste. You can decide how much you like and adjust.
- Frosting Ingredients:
- 1/4 cup of powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons of milk
- 1 tablespoon of lime zest
- Cream and whip the butter, sugar, and vanilla
- Add in the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and salt
- Add in the key lime juice. The easiest way is to cut the limes in half and remove the seeds and squeeze in the juice.
- Mix all of the ingredients well.
- On a greased cookie sheet, add about 1 inch rolled balls of dough. You can get about 12 to 15 of these rolls on a cookie sheet.
- Cook for about 15 minutes.
- When you remove the cookies from the oven take a fork and "smoosh" down the top of the cookies, so that you can have a flat top for the frosting.
- Let cool and then add the powdered frosting.
- To make the frosting mix the powdered sugar, milk and more key lime juice together. Using a spoon circle around the frosting on the top of each cookie.
- Add on grated key lime zest to the top of each cookie as desired.
My family thought they were sugar cookies before they tasted them and upon tasting them, they were like oh, these are really, really good! They really were. Plus, they were a whole lot easier than making a pie. Which I probably will make, but it will be more along the lines of this gem of a recipe adjusted with real key limes.
Thanks for stopping by and happy baking!
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