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Lime Cookies

5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 31 minutes
Servings 20 cookies
Calories 135
These zesty lime cookies are the perfect contrast of sweet and sour, making them ideal for a poolside treat or for afternoon tea.


Cookie Dough:

  • 210 g. all purpose flour (1¾ cups)
  • ¼ tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda
  • tsp. salt
  • 66 g. white sugar (⅓ cup)
  • 45 g. confectioners sugar (¼ cup plus 2 tbsp.)
  • 3 tsps. lime zest (2-3 limes; save the rest of the zest for the coating)
  • 113 g. unsalted butter or vegan butter, softened (½ cup)
  • 1 egg
  • 3 teaspoons lime juice


  • 100 g. sugar (½ cup)
  • 1 tsp. lime zest
  • 60 g. confectioners sugar (½ cup)


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine granulated sugar with lime lest, pressing zest into sugar with your fingers. Mix in confectioners sugar. Add butter and cream until fully incorporated.
  • Beat in egg and lime juice.
  • Mix in the flour mixture just until fully incorporated.
  • Shape into balls, approximately 25 g. each (about 1 tbsp.), and place on cookie sheets at least 2 inches apart. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, make the coating: Combine granulated sugar with lime lest, pressing zest into sugar with your fingers. Whisk in confectioners sugar. Roll warm cookies in mixture.
  • Bake for 11-12 minutes. The bottoms should be lightly browned.
  • Allow to cool for 1 to 2 minutes. Using a metal spatula, carefully roll each cookie in the coating while they are still warm. Allow to cool completely on wire rack.


  • This recipe can easily be doubled.
  • If the dough curdles when you add the egg and lime juice, mix in approximately 2 tablespoons worth of the flour mixture until the batter is smooth. Then fold in the remaining flour mixture just until it is fully incorporated.
  • To make these dairy free, use vegan butter.
  • There is enough coating to roll the cookies in the mixture twice.
  • Do not skip refrigerating the cookie dough balls. Putting them in the oven while they are cold helps keep their shape.
  • The refrigerated cookie dough balls can be refrigerated for up to a couple of days and baked as desired. Alternatively, they can be frozen so you can bake just a few cookies when you want, but you may need to add another minute or two of baking time.
  • The baked cookies freeze wonderfully and defrost in approximately 10 minutes.
Calories: 135kcal
Course: Dessert, Snack, Tea Time
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lime, tea cookies


Calories: 135kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 39mg | Potassium: 18mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 154IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg