Soft Key Lime Cookies
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Big, soft key lime cookies with a knockout texture and sweet citrus glaze.
Recipe type: dessert, cookies
Serves: 24
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ¼ cup cream cheese, softened
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons lime zest
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2½ cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • for the glaze:
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  1. In a large bowl (or in the bowl of a stand mixer) cream butter and cream cheese together for about 1 minute. Add sugar; continue to mix. Add egg and vanilla; beat on medium/high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add flour, baking soda, salt, cornstarch, lime zest and juice. Mix to combine on low speed. Dough should form a ball around paddle – if it's too sticky, add more flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, until dough ball forms . Cover and chill dough 1–2 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut parchment paper to fit baking sheet or baking stone. Scoop dough into 1½ tablespoon portions, rolling each into a ball with your hands. Place dough balls on cookie sheet about 2 inches apart (I put 9–12 on a sheet) and bake for 9 minutes or until cookies are slightly firm but not browned and still very light on the bottom. Allow cookies to cool until you can move them, then transfer to a cool surface or wire rack.
  3. Glaze: Combine powdered sugar, water and lime juice in a small bowl. Whisk until combined and smooth. Drizzle or spoon over cookies, garnish with lime zest curls, if desired, and allow to dry.
adapted from Swanky Recipes.
Recipe by ABCs and Garden Peas at