Do you know what? I really don’t care if Cinco de Mayo is not truly a celebrated holiday in Mexico and seems to be more of an invention of the U.S. I am just too darn happy to have a reason to enjoy some good tequila, take a bite of a spicy enchilada and end my meal with a couple of zesty lime cookies.
These cookies have two heaping tablespoons of lime zest, the juice of one lime and a little bit of sugar sprinkled atop to send them over the edge into, “Mr. Lime Cookie, I am sooooo glad to have met you!”
Please, I know these cookies appear simple and might seem banal, but don’t underestimate the power of the lime my friends. Afterall, what would a Margarita be without the lime? So lime + sugar cookie = zesty heaven. Trust me. There was never a truer equation except maybe lime + tequila + salt (and maybe a few other things) = salty heaven. Are you sensing a theme?
So, when you are planning your Mexican themed meal, think of these babies. They are easy to make (note the very few ingredients), are so tender but slightly crisp on the outside, and they have much more than a twist of lime in them to add to your meal’s happy ending.
Lime Sugar Cookies
S&C’s own recipe.
Makes about 24 cookies
1 1/2 sticks of butter, softened (3/4 c.)
1 1/2 c. granulated sugar
2 T. lime zest (zest from two limes approximately)
2 egg yolks
1/2 c. sour cream (I used low-fat Greek yogurt, worked great)
1 T. lime juice
2 1/2 c. all purpose flour
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1/2 c. granulated OR confectioners sugar
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line two baking sheets with Silpat mats or parchment paper. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat together the butter on sugar on medium speed. Add the lime zest, egg yolks and lime juice and combine. Then add your sour cream or Greek yogurt and combine on low until just incorporated.
In a medium-sized separate mixing bowl, whisk together the flour through salt. —*Bakers hint: When measuring flour it is NOT a good idea to use your measuring cup as a scoop, this packs your flour in too tight and you will use too much flour. Instead, lightly spoon flour into your measuring cup.
Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and combine on LOW speed until just mixed in. Don’t over mix. Place your 1/2 c. of sugar in a small bowl. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop out balls of cookie dough and roll them in the sugar and then place on the cookie sheet OR leave off the excess granulated sugar and after they are baked sift powdered sugar on top. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until slightly golden on the outer edge. The cookie should be just a little bit firm when touched lightly. If you did not use the granulated sugar on top of your cookies, then sift powdered sugar on top of them while they are still warm. This will help the powdered sugar stick onto the cookie. Enjoy!
April 30, 2012 at 8:11 am
Yummy! They look delicious y qué viva Mexico 😉 !!
April 30, 2012 at 8:12 am
I haven’t any idea about these celebrations dear Geni, 🙂 But your photographs show us how beautiful and delicious they are… Thank you, have a nice day, with my love, nia
April 30, 2012 at 8:21 am
I agree, these cookies look “Yummy!” You know, I have no idea what to make for cinco de mayo, maybe I’ll get my groove back into baking later this week. I’m still recovering from the bake sale, I ate more cookies than I wanted! 🙂
April 30, 2012 at 8:25 am
Tequila is the best! …er … I mean lime cookies are the best! (I don’t know where that tequila thing came from.)
April 30, 2012 at 8:32 am
We’re having a little get together and I think these would be PERFECT for the menu…now if I can just find the time since we have our first baseball jamboree that day… 🙂 Hope you had a wonderful weekend, Geni, and that the bake sale went well.
April 30, 2012 at 10:55 am
Oh, Geni.. I think I would love these!! Yummy lime cookies!! And the tequila too 🙂
April 30, 2012 at 3:24 pm
These cookies sound so good. Especially with a margarita, because well, what isn’t better with a margarita?
April 30, 2012 at 3:41 pm
Well, yeah I guess the holiday is just another reason to drink but I don’t think we’re complaining, right? 😉 haha these cookies sound delicious!! So much fun on Saturday, by the way. Must do it again soon!
April 30, 2012 at 5:10 pm
Oh, I love…very, very much!!!!
April 30, 2012 at 6:35 pm
These rule. I’m breaking out the bastardized Mexican recipes tomorrow wish me luck. Oh and send me a cookie.
April 30, 2012 at 8:02 pm
I’m in! Lime cookies! I never would have thought. Oh I’m must salivating thinking about them. And you reminded me that I have some margarita frozen from a month or two ago. What better excuse to pull that out than Cinco de Mayo!!!! 🙂
April 30, 2012 at 9:45 pm
Note to self: MUST get limes on the way back home today!
April 30, 2012 at 10:07 pm
These lime cookies look wonderful.
May 1, 2012 at 1:16 am
You just added spice to my next girls night! Pinning it!
May 1, 2012 at 11:01 am
Geni, the lime cookies look great…I like since they have lots of lime zest…I can see myself eating lot of the cookies and having powder sugar all over 🙂
And I am ready for Cinco de Mayo!
Thanks for sharing the recipe and hope you are having a great week…by the way, how was the Sat event?
May 1, 2012 at 11:08 am
I really like this concept…just perfect for dunking in my margarita. 😉
May 1, 2012 at 4:11 pm
These look very flavourful yum!
May 1, 2012 at 7:05 pm
Love these! They sound amazing. Any day I can have chips and salsa and a margarita and not feel guilty (because it’s a “holiday”) is a good day for me!
May 1, 2012 at 9:01 pm
Booze and cookies? Yum! Yes, please!
May 1, 2012 at 11:50 pm
Why hello indeed – these look stunning 😀
Also I would like to apologise – it appears my spam was working a little too much and I have just checked, I have spam at every post and that includes your comments for a bizarre reason – sincerest apologies my friend!
Choc Chip Uru
May 1, 2012 at 11:58 pm
Cookies and alcohol, why not. I think that would be a great pair
May 2, 2012 at 7:36 am
they are perfection. Love the flavor of lime in my sweets!
May 3, 2012 at 9:31 am
I love lime cookies. Yours look so perfect and delicious. And that margarita! Do you deliver? Ha ha!
May 3, 2012 at 5:15 pm
May 3, 2012 at 7:33 pm
Did someone say tequila? Limes? Salt? AND cookies?? I am there! And you’re right, I was thinking ‘yes, but how tasty are they?’, but I won’t under estimate the power of lime …
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May 4, 2012 at 4:05 pm
Done! And they are all that I was hoping for. http://cookingmisadventures.com/2012/05/04/lime-sugar-cookies/
Hope all is well, my friend!
May 4, 2012 at 10:09 pm
Love these cookies, Geni! And it’s such a fun twist on traditional lemon sugar cookies.
May 4, 2012 at 11:23 pm
oh my gosh!! The pictures here are absolutely so tempting!!!! What a perfect recipe for Cinco de Mayo!!! And yes, I do agree that both lime and lemon are potent in bringing flavour to most recipes!! Totally craving for these now!
May 5, 2012 at 12:53 pm
I always have a crisper drawer full of lemons and limes. These cookies sound perfect for not only cinco de mayo but any day. Now I only need the spicy enchiladas and that margarita.
May 5, 2012 at 9:41 pm
Thanks for this lovely recipe – I have a bowl of limes that are a callin’ and these sound perfect!
May 6, 2012 at 7:11 pm
Look at all that beautiful lime zest….those cookies have just gotta be terrific, and the margarita, too!
May 7, 2012 at 5:26 pm
Have a magical Monday!
May 14, 2012 at 10:07 am
Sugar and lime sounds like summer to me. Those cookies need to be the finish of a dinner of gazpacho and margaritas. Outside, with tiki torches.
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