Lime Sugar Cookies for #SundaySupper

by Renee on March 30, 2014

Lime Sugar Cookies | Magnolia Days

A tiny leaf emerges from a branch. Buds form and hold blossoms until they are ready to pop open. Spring brings and array of color against a background of green. Trees, plants, grass, and flowers come to life after winter dormancy. You go outside and feel warmth instead of brutal cold. The season is inspiring in so many ways. It could be the spark of a new painting, poem, sculpture, project, or even a recipe. Lime sugar cookies are what I was inspired to bake for my favorite time of year.

I look outside and see new growth with each passing day. Phlox will soon turn to a mass of tiny purple flowers. Peonies, mums, poppies, hostas, daisies, daffodils, and more shoot up from the ground. Leaves are spouting on trees. Celebrating spring with cookies meant baking ones that represented my view of the season. I think of green, flowers, and the world being brighter. The cookies had to be shaped like flowers with specks of green and brightness from citrus.

Lime Sugar Cookies | Magnolia Days

Lime sugar cookies are easy to make. They are basic cut-out cookies decorated with sanding sugar. The process begins with making lime sugar. Zest is rubbed into granulated sugar to release the oils which bumps up the flavor. I learned the method with Tangerine Yogurt Cake and have used it many times since. The dough is much softer than typical roll and cut cookie dough. I had my concerns however it firmed up while chilling. Be sure to flour your work surface well and move the dough around as you are rolling it to keep it from sticking.

Lime Sugar Cookies | Magnolia Days

How are the cookies? Lime gives it such a nice tart kick to balance out the sweetness. They are crispy and yet have lightness to the texture. Baking powder is what makes them puff ever so slightly. Sanding sugar puts an added crunch on top. And they represented spring so much that I had to do one photo with flowers.

Lime Sugar Cookies | Magnolia Days

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Lime Sugar Cookies

1 hour, 45 minutes

Makes 3 dozen cookies

Lime Sugar Cookies

  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons grated lime zest
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • Coarse sanding sugar

Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.

Use your fingers to rub the lime zest into the sugar in a large bowl. Add butter and beat until light and fluffy.

Add eggs and lime juice and beat until combined.

Add flour mixture and beat until smooth. Dough will be soft and sticky.

Divide dough in half. Shape each half into round disks and wrap each half in plastic wrap. Refrigerate dough overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or non-stick liner.

Remove 1 wrapped pack of dough from refrigerator.

Sprinkle rolling pin and work surface with flour. Roll out dough to 1/4-inch thick. Move the dough around frequently to make sure it is not sticking.

Use shaped cookie cutters to cut cookies.

Place cookies at least 1-inch apart on a baking sheets. Sprinkle with sanding sugar.

Bake 12 to 14 minutes, until cookies are just beginning to turn light brown around the edges. Rotate baking sheets halfway through baking for even baking.

Cool cookies on baking sheet for 1 minute then transfer to a wire rack. Cool completely.

Repeat steps with remaining dough. You can gather up excess dough after cutting the cookies, shape into another disk, and roll out for more cookies.

Cool baking sheets completely between batches.

Notes

Time stated does not include chilling dough overnight. Yield can vary depening on size and shape of cookie cutter(s).

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Recipe adapted from one in the Martha Stewart’s Cookies cookbook (affiliate link to Amazon).

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Alida March 30, 2014 at 6:35 am

I love that not only did you give these cookies a Springtime twist with the lime, but you also made them into flowers!! So perfect!

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Renee March 31, 2014 at 1:02 pm

Thanks Alida! And now I want to get more flower shaped cookie cutters.

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Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips March 30, 2014 at 7:52 am

I love the citrus sugar technique and will have to remember it. These are so bright and are making me forget about the dreary weather outside today!

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Renee March 31, 2014 at 1:01 pm

Yes, goodbye dreary weather and hello cheery cookies.

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Marjory @ Dinner-Mom March 30, 2014 at 7:58 am

These cookies just make you smile (and want to take a bite)! Love the lime!

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Renee March 31, 2014 at 1:01 pm

Thanks Marjory and your kind words made me smile.

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Lane @ Supper for a Steal March 30, 2014 at 8:46 am

Sugar cookies always remind me of my grandma! She made the absolute best and I have never been able to recreate them. I love yours with lime. I’m a huge fan of lime. Maybe I should try out with some key lime juice!

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Renee March 31, 2014 at 12:59 pm

I think these would be fabulous with key lime juice. What a great idea!

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Alice // Hip Foodie Mom March 30, 2014 at 9:18 am

Renee,
love your lime sugar cookies!! so pretty and what a great way to ring in Spring!

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Renee March 31, 2014 at 12:59 pm

Thanks Alice! And I even ate some of these cookies on the first day of spring.

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Cindys Recipes and Writings March 30, 2014 at 10:16 am

Love lime, Renee! Never tried it in cookies!

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Renee March 31, 2014 at 12:58 pm

It’s great so give it a try. I’m sure you will enjoy it very much.

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Liz March 30, 2014 at 10:39 am

We love cut out cookies around here…but I tend to make them only around Christmas. Your springy flowers with the lime infusion sounds fantastic, Renee!!!

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Renee March 31, 2014 at 12:58 pm

Well Liz you are just going to have to break out those cookie cutters all throughout the year.

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Family Foodie March 30, 2014 at 11:03 am

Oh what I wouldn’t do for one of these with a cup of coffee in the afternoon!!!

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Renee March 31, 2014 at 12:57 pm

Yep, they would make a lovely afternoon coffee time treat (or with tea too).

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Constance Smith (@FoodieArmyWife) March 30, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Mmmmm, I love springtime (minus the allergies) and lime is definitely a flavor I love this time of year. These cookies are the perfect way to enjoy it!

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Renee March 31, 2014 at 12:56 pm

Springtime brings allergies to me too. I wish we could skip that part with all the pollen. Necessary evil I suppose.

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Tammi @ Momma's Meals March 30, 2014 at 12:31 pm

I love the idea of the lime! I’ve always loved lemon and never once thought of lime! It’s calling Spring!

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Renee March 31, 2014 at 12:56 pm

Just remember it next time you are thinking about using lemon. It’s a refreshing change and usually subs out nicely.

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Hezzi-D March 30, 2014 at 12:43 pm

These are so pretty! They would also be perfect for when I have Mojito Mondays in the summer :-) The sanding sugar on top really makes them beautiful.

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Renee March 31, 2014 at 12:55 pm

Oh yes! I love the idea of pairing these cookies with a mojito.

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Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious March 30, 2014 at 1:53 pm

You make the best cookies!

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Renee March 31, 2014 at 12:54 pm

Aw, shucks, thanks Dorothy.

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Courtney @ Neighborfood March 30, 2014 at 2:34 pm

Your description made me long for spring! We had a little dusting of snow on the ground this morning. :( At least I’ve gotten to read a lot of gloriously spring-like recipes like this one!

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Renee March 31, 2014 at 12:54 pm

Well, I think it is time to talk to Mother Nature and tell her to stop with the snow and bring on the warmth of spring to you.

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The Ninja Baker March 30, 2014 at 5:04 pm

Sooo delicate and lovely. Yes, Spring and these cookies make a day brighter. And so do you!

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Renee March 31, 2014 at 12:53 pm

Oh thank you so much Kim – you are so kind.

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Carla March 30, 2014 at 6:07 pm

Not only does this recipe sound great, I love how you cut them into flowers.

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Renee March 31, 2014 at 12:52 pm

Thanks. I’ve had that cookie cutter for a while and couldn’t wait to use it for a spring or summer recipe.

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Susan March 30, 2014 at 8:02 pm

who doesn’t love a sugar cookie and to add lime and sugar on top? Just fabulous!

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Renee March 31, 2014 at 12:52 pm

Thanks Susan and I really like the sugar on top of these cookies. It worked out to be the perfect topping.

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Shaina March 30, 2014 at 8:04 pm

Your cookies look beautiful!

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Renee March 31, 2014 at 12:51 pm

Thanks a bunch Shaina

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Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes March 31, 2014 at 4:38 am

Beautiful cookies Renee! I just love lime in every way, sweet or savory. And in baking it adds such a vibrant flavor to otherwise sweet recipes. Perfect for spring, my favorite season too! After a horrendously hot summer, fall is such a welcome season here.

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Renee March 31, 2014 at 12:50 pm

Thanks Paula. Lime seems to take such a back seat to lemon in many recipes. I like how it has much more tartness and try to use it often.

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Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere March 31, 2014 at 11:01 am

Wonderful tip about making lime sugar. These cookies are beautiful!

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Renee March 31, 2014 at 12:48 pm

Thanks Sarah and the lime sugar technique works so well for recipes with citrus zest and sugar.

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Jennie @themessybakerblog March 31, 2014 at 12:17 pm

I can’t wait for bright flowers and warmer weather. These cookies are gorgeous, Renee. I love that you used lime. Pinned.

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Renee March 31, 2014 at 12:47 pm

Thanks Jennie. It’s really warming up nicely here in the South. Hopefully it will be that way soon in your area too.

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Roz April 1, 2014 at 4:36 pm

What a delightful, pretty, sweet and ‘green’ way to welcome beloved spring after such a wicked winter! Lime is such a favorite flavor of mine and I can’t wait to try this recipe Renee!
Hugs,
Roz

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Renee April 2, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Thanks so much Roz!

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Christine from Cook the Story April 2, 2014 at 10:00 am

These are beautiful cookies, Renee!

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Renee April 2, 2014 at 2:55 pm

Thank you so much Christine

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