Friday, June 22, 2012

52 cookies :: week 24 :: lime meltaways

we made these with regular limes on hand - though the recipe suggested key limes.

my love affair with refrigerator dough continues.

Lime Meltaways via smitten kitchen
adapted from Martha Stewart

52 cookies

makes 5 dozen

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
1 c confectioners’ sugar
Grated zest of 4 tiny or 2 large key limes
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
1 3/4 c plus 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
2 tbsp cornstarch
1/4 tsp salt

52 cookies

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, cream butter and 1/3 c sugar until fluffy. Add lime zest, juice, and vanilla; beat until fluffy.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, and salt. Add to butter mixture, and beat on low speed until combined.

Between two 8 x 12" pieces of parchment paper, roll dough into two 1 1/4-inch-diameter logs. Chill at least 1 hour - or in my case overnight.

Heat oven to 350 F. Line two baking sheets with silpat. Place remaining 2/3 cup sugar in a resealable plastic bag. Remove parchment from logs; slice dough into 1/4" thick rounds. Place rounds on baking sheets, spaced 1" apart.

Bake cookies until barely golden, about 15 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool slightly, just three or four minutes. While still warm, place cookies in the sugar-filled bag; toss to coat. Bake or freeze remaining dough. Store baked cookies in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

52 cookies

K: I like the powder-ness. It is so good. I can taste a little lime in it. I really recommend these cookies.

E: Mmmmm. These are good for hot days and also after swimming and even while swimming. They are like the pecan sandies, but without pecans. Just lime. The powdered sugar really goes with them. It adds a cool touch. I love these cookies.

D: Finally a cookie that is legal with a Corona. This lime shortbread is the exact perfect thing on a hot afternoon. It's like a Mexican wedding cookie but lighter and sweeter and cooler!


rebecca said...

ooo, these photos taste good! might have to track down some limes tomorrow.

we just finished watching the last of sherlock (season 1). got any suggestions for post-bedtime shows? i see you're up late too :)

Tracy said...

these were super-yummy.

hmmmm... we have been watching breaking bad on netflix. pretty heavy though. and d has been running through past seasons of 30 rock and arrested development. i usually fall asleep :) xo

house on hill road said...

ok. these look fantastic.
and just so you know, i am always reading, just not commenting every time. i love your cookie series.

Tracy said...

Thanks Erin xo