Prepare yourself for a flavor explosion! These Lime Cookies are downright mouthwatering, with a zesty kick that’ll make your taste buds sing. And the icing? Scrumptious perfection. You also won’t believe just how easy this lime cookies recipe is!! Get ready for a spectacular treat you won’t be able to resist!
I love cookies and I’m always on the lookout for new and interesting flavor combinations to try out.
When I discovered just how delicious lime cookies could be, I was immediately hooked!
My fellow cookie lovers, get ready to embark on a tangy and sweet adventure with this delectable lime cookies recipe.
These little drops of happiness are bursting with citrusy flavor and topped with a heavenly cookie icing recipe that will make your taste buds dance.
Whether you’re a seasoned baker or a novice in the kitchen, this recipe is so easy, it practically does the baking for you. What else could you want in a cookie recipe?!
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
- Lime – You’ll need lime juice and lime zest, both in the batter and in the tasty cookie icing recipe. Citrus lovers will absolutely love this!!
You technically could use lemon juice and zest instead, but then you would have lemon cookies instead.
- Unsalted Butter – You can also use salted butter and simply omit the extra ¼ teaspoon of salt.
- Sugar – Use granulated sugar in the cookie batter, and powdered (or confectioners) sugar for the homemade icing!
- Vanilla Extract – To add a bit of warmth to the overall flavor.
You can also replace with almond extract if you’re not into vanilla, but it will change the taste of the lime cookies ever so slightly.
- Baking Powder and Soda – You’ll need both! Without them your cookies will end up flat.
Tips for the Tastiest Lime Cookies Recipe
- Don’t skip the creaming step.
While you may be tempted to add all of the ingredients together all at once, I really can’t say enough good things about taking the time to cream the butter and sugar together.
It helps to incorporate air into the batter, which will gve you soft and tender cookies every time.
- No chilling needed for this cookie recipe!
Lots of cookie recipes require you to chill the dough in the fridge before baking.
You don’t have to worry about that extra step for my recipe. Simply form the dough into balls and pop them in the oven!
- The lime icing takes this recipe from ordinary to extraordinary.
My homemade cookie icing recipe comes together in less than 5 minutes! Do yourselves a favor and whip it up quickly as the cookies cool.
It’s sweet and zesty all at the same time thanks to the added lime!!
Storing Citrus Cookies
Store your lime cookies in an airtight container on the counter or in your pantry, where they will keep for 3-5 days.
You can extend their shelflife by about 2 days when you store them in the fridge. If you like a warm cookie, simply heat in the microwave at 30-second bursts until warm.
Kitchen Tools You Will Need
- Electric Hand Mixer – I’ve had this one in my kitchen forever, and it still works beautifully.
- Mixing Bowls – I like to have a variety of sizes on hand, and this set has them all.
- Baking Sheets lined with parchment paper – Used for anything from cookies to roasting, a good baking pan will last for years.
Lime Cookies FAQ
I always recommend using freshly squeezed citrus juice when you can. You’ll need the zest from a lime for this lime cookies recipe anyways, so you might as well use its juice too!
If you do use bottles, make sure that it’s 100% lime juice without any additives.
You sure can! Shape the dough into balls or logs, wrap tightly in plastic wrap or place in an airtight container, and freeze.
Then, thaw the dough in the refrigerator before baking as directed.
While I love my lime icing, you can certainly use something else if you’d like.
Try out other flavors like coconut, vanilla, or even a drizzle of white chocolate. Don’t be afraid to get creative!
With love, from our simple kitchen to yours.
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Lime Cookies with Icing
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup white granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon lime juice
- 1/2 teaspoon lime zest
- 1 1/2 cups unbleached flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
- 1.5 cups powdered/confectioners sugar
- 6 teaspoons Lime juice, extra if needed
- 1/2 teaspoon lime zest, plus extra for garnishing – optional
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Cream butter and sugar together.
- Add vanilla, egg, lime juice, and lime zest.
- Slowly stir in flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.
- Roll into 1” balls and place on baking sheets that have been lined with parchment paper.
- Bake for 9-10 minutes or until the edges start to brown.
- Once cookies are done, remove from the oven and let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
- While the cookies cool, combine the powdered sugar, lime juice, lime zest, and vanilla for the glaze (if needed, add a little extra lime juice or water to make more thin, or add more powdered sugar to thicken).
- Spoon 1 teaspoon of glaze in the center of each cookie and spread evenly or drizzle glaze over cookies and garnish with lime zest.
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.
Originally published July 2023
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