Last year when I posted these lemon shortbread cookies I always thought I would be making the lime version sooner than later. Well later came before sooner, unless you call almost a year sooner. Nonetheless lime shortbread cookies are here, and they are every bit as delicious as their lemon cousins.
A bowl of powdered sugar setting out is basically an invitation to a 21 month old. [21 months?! Say it ain’t so!!] Especially to one who would consume sugar morning, noon and night if his parents were insane. We have a nephew who would hide sweets behind his back, in his pockets, via grandma.. we now have a sugar bandit of our very own. Bing, you’re cute, but you cannot be trusted. [Probably why you are so cute. Dang.]
In case you wondering, filthy windows make light gorgeous for food photography. That is what I am going with at least.
Some say shortbread cookies others say lime meltaways. Either way they are delicious disks of limey goodness and that is really all that matters, isn’t it?
- ⅔cup unsalted butter, softened
- ⅓cup plus 1tbsp powdered sugar
- zest of 2 limes
- ¼cup lime juice
- 1tsp vanilla
- pinch of kosher salt
- 1¾cup all purpose flour
- 1tbsp corn starch
- ⅔cup powdered sugar (for dusting)
- Cream butter and sugar in a stand mixer until light yellow. Add lime zest, juice and vanilla, mix on low until combined. Add salt, flour and corn starch, mix on medium until dough is smooth.
- Place dough on a lightly floured surface. Divide in half and roll each half into a log (about 2" in diameter). Wrap log in plastic wrap in place in fridge for at least 2 hours.
- Preheat oven 350 degrees, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Remove logs from fridge and plastic wrap. Cut into ⅓" slices and place on sheet (they do not spread much so you can place them close but not touching).
- Bake for 10 minutes or until the bottoms begin to become golden. Remove from oven and allow to cool on sheet for 5 minutes or until cookie can be handled enough to toss but not yet completely cool. Gently toss with powdered and then allow to cool completely on a wire rack.