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Key Lime Bites Recipe

Key Lime Bites Recipe

“Key limes don’t provide much peel, so sometimes I cheat and use regular limes—for the peel only—in these bites. If you can wait, these are even better the next day.” —Joni Larsen, Wellington, Utah
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + standing YIELD:30 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Key lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated Key lime peel
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts
  • ICING:
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup Key lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated Key lime peel


  • 1. Preheat oven to 400°. In a large bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in lime juice and peel. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in nuts.
  • 2. Shape into 1-in. balls. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets; flatten slightly.
  • 3. Bake 8-10 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 4. In a small bowl, combine icing ingredients. Dip cookies in icing; allow excess to drip off. Place on a wire rack; let stand until set. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie equals 136 calories, 8 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 16 mg cholesterol, 69 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.

Reviews for Key Lime Bites

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Reviewed Dec. 15, 2012

"These cookies are always a hit but I bake them at 375 for 10 mins so they don't brown on the bottom as fast."

Reviewed Dec. 10, 2011

"Are these suppose to have a soft center or be crunchy little bites. Baked for the stated time and they didn't seem done unless that's the way they are suppose to be -moist centers. ?"

Reviewed Sep. 21, 2011

"These little cookies are small little bites of a thousand hugs! TO GOOD. A must ."

Reviewed Mar. 18, 2011

"My husband loved these and is on a diet and told me I cannot make them again until he is off because he couldn't resist them! I found them to be sticky, but that is because I don't have a wire rack to drain them on. Would most definitely make again."

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