I’ve been wanting to make shortbread cookies for a while now, but all of the recipes I could find had more than one stick of butter and plenty of sugar. However, I found this recipe that sounded perfect  since I have a lime tree and didn’t know what to do with seven limes. So I decided to make the cookies and I was happy with the end result. After seeing how good they turned out, I decided to sprinkle some with powdered sugar, others with chocolate and a few with a lemon glaze. The cookies are easy to make, they’re cute, and customizable.


Here are the ingredients and steps to follow!

1 3/4 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
7 tbsp unsalted butter
Pinch of salt
1 egg
zest of 3 or 4 limes
1 1/2 tbsp of lime juice
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

  • Mix the flour, sugar, salt and lime zest.
  • Cut in the butter until the texture is coarse (size of small peas.)
  • In a separate bowl, mix together eggs, vanilla and lime juice.
  • Add the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until the dough starts to come together.
  • Place the dough on a floured surface. Cut the dough in half.
  • Roll the dough into two cylinders. You can make the cylinders as thick as you like since the cookies do not expand.
  • Once rolled out, wrap the dough cylinders in plastic wrap and chill for at least one hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Slice the chilled dough into small rounds  and place them on a greased baking sheet.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the cookies are firm and the edges of the cookies are golden brown.
  • Sprinkle with some powdered sugar, lime zest, lime glaze or chocolate. Enjoy!

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