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On the Fourth day of Christmas…Lime Meltaways

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I thought for day four, it was time to change things up a bit. No chocolate.

Shocking, I know.

As much as I love chocolate though, I also love citrus. So when I found a recipe for lime meltaways, a lime slice-and-bake cookie covered in powdered sugar, I decided to try them.

And I was really pleased with them. I tasted one before the powdered sugar, and I was a little concerned. But the powdered sugar was the perfect finishing touch. Sweet, but not too sweet, and the lime wasn’t overpowered. They were quite yummy, if I do say so myself!

Lime Meltaways
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen

You could also keep the logs frozen for up to two months.

Yield: 5 dozen

12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
Grated zest of 4 tiny or 2 large key limes
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 3/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour (a.k.a. 2 cups minus 2 tablespoons)
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt

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

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

3. Between two 8-by-12-inch pieces of parchment paper, roll dough into two 1 1/4-inch-diameter logs. Chill at least 1 hour.

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

5. Bake cookies until barely golden, 15-17 minutes, turning pan halfway through. 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.

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About Brandy

I'm a full-time writer, part-time baker, and not-enough-time runner.

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