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Key Lime Butter Cookies

I love limes so much that if a recipe calls for lemons I almost always use limes instead. With their pretty green color, these are perfect for Christmas—you can also make them as sandwich cookies and use lime curd for the filling.—Deirdre Cox, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    3 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated lime zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • Sugar
  • GLAZE:
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 4 teaspoons Key lime or regular lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime zest
  • Green decorating gel, optional

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in lime zest and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour and cornstarch; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
  • Shape dough into 1-in. balls; place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten to 1/4-in. thickness with bottom of a glass dipped in sugar. Bake 8-10 minutes or until bottoms are light brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • In a small bowl, mix confectioners' sugar, lime juice and zest. Brush over cookies. Let stand until set. If desired, decorate with gel just before serving.
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