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Lime Shortbread with Dried Cherries Recipe

Lime Shortbread with Dried Cherries Recipe

This fresh, sweet-tart cookie also works with dried cranberries and orange zest. I freeze the dough for up to a month. —Abigail Bostwick, Tomahawk, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch YIELD:56 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated lime peel
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried cherries


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until blended. Beat in lime peel and extracts. In another bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Stir in cherries.
  • 2. Divide dough in half; shape each into a 7-in.-long roll. Wrap in plastic; refrigerate 3-4 hours or until firm.
  • 3. Preheat oven to 350°. Unwrap and cut dough crosswise into 1/4-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 9-11 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
    Freeze option: Place wrapped logs in resealable plastic freezer bag; freeze. To use, unwrap frozen logs and cut into slices. If necessary, let dough stand a few minutes at room temperature before cutting. Bake as directed. Yield: about 4-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie: 52 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 28mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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Ann User ID: 9112827 263603
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2017

"Had no trouble with slicing so I thought I was home free. Nope. Nearly every cookie broke or partially crumbled. Not a pretty sight. They were quite dry. Was planning to serve the cookies as dessert to friends who had brought us dried Michigan cherries. Reread ingredients to see if I missed anything, but hadn't. Unlikely to try again."

lidjzl0 User ID: 3723782 250386
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2016

"Not my families favorite. Crossed it off my cookie list."

dflack628 User ID: 6932371 231803
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2015

"I printed this recipe off several months ago, but just got around to trying it yesterday. They are delicious! I followed the recipe exactly and they are perfect. The only thing I did differently as I got about 32 cookies from each log. I must have sliced them a bit thinner than directed.

My suggestions for those other reviewers having problems would be:
Use real butter as it firms up harder than margarine (not to mention it tastes better). Use a very sharp, thin knife for slicing. For GailMc, who said she only got two dozen cookies from her batch, you cut them too thick. The recipe states to shape them into 7" logs and cut them into 1/4" slices. You get 28 slices from 7". 28 x 2 = 56"

hchambers User ID: 7140928 216283
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2014

"Great cookies! I increased the lime zest a bit for more flavor, but over all these were wonderful. I will definitely be trying some of the variations."

ferndale52 User ID: 4154455 215756
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2014

"easy to make, nice to have on hand in refrigerator/freezer. watch carefully, cherries burn easily. lime goes well with cherries. short."

palazzm User ID: 7515419 214927
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2014

"These were unbelievably delicious. Kept them refrigerated for 2 days and had no problem slicing. I made the orange /cranberry version and is a huge hit with the family. Doubled the recipe and it made 6.25 dozen."

greenfroggy24 User ID: 8030946 214685
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2014

"In response to the review posted by mazoboy , while there would only be 54 servings & the yield stated does read ABOUT 4 1/2 dozen, the review is not about someone's math skills. Please try to confine yourself to reviewing the recipe only. Great shortbread Abigail !"

mazoboy User ID: 6449678 214591
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2014

"Nice cookie, but 4-l/2 dozen doesn't yield 56 servings."

KT556 User ID: 5658936 214444
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2014

"Suggest using a very sharp knife to cut -- dull knives squish/squash dough."

klmcneely User ID: 6960634 187718
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2013

"Made for Christmas and was enjoyed by all, a good shortbread cookie with a twist. Will add more zest next time though for a little more flavor. Recipe only made about 3 dozen cookies though."

kona puppy User ID: 4616329 200180
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2013

"they are awesome!"

Timbergurl1 User ID: 4047214 198526
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2013

"I've made this recipe several times now, and every single time they come out wonderful. I don't know why everyone else is having issues cutting them, but maybe I haven't had any problems because I always freeze my cookie dough then slice and bake? I've made the Cherry Lime as well as Cranberry Orange and Blueberry Lemon. The only thing I change is to triple the amount of zest and dried berries. There just simply isn't enough in the original recipe. Other than that, FABULOUS!"

kel dehnert User ID: 4315865 195466
Reviewed May. 28, 2013

"This was so easy and so delicious. I've actually made these quite a few times now. Added cranberrys and coconut and were very good too. A keeper!"

jsutherly User ID: 7069765 187716
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2013

"I had a similar problem to other reviewers who found the cookies hard to slice. My first attempt left me with nothing but crumbled logs of dough. Sprinkled crumbled dough with a tablespoon of water, reshaped the dough into one single 12" log, refrigerated it for several hours, and . . . voila! Excellent shortbread cookies. Will try making it again with nuts someday, and the sugar coating to outside. Great ideas, everyone!"

enassar User ID: 351746 119179
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2012

"I made these for Christmas using the orange zest and dried cranberries. They turned out delicious, probably one of the best cookie recipes I've used. This one will definitely be in my holiday recipe file!"

taviab User ID: 7047430 152762
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2012

"I modified this recipe with grapefruit (for lime) zest and craisins (for cherries). This is now my new favorite cookie. I mixed the ingredients on one day and left in the refrigerator for about 3 days prior to baking. WOW!!! The flavor seemed to develop nicely while resting prior to baking. These are light, crisp, full flavored delightful cookies!!"

GailMc User ID: 4235837 125416
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2012

"Great taste, but like other reader, I had hard time slicing. And no way does that batch make 5 dozen cookies; I barely eeked out two and I followed the measurments (2 7" logs). Anyway, great tasting."

SmilingRain User ID: 2373152 122784
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2012

"Not sure why, but the stars didn't come up the first time I submitted - 5 stars all out!!"

SmilingRain User ID: 2373152 198031
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2012

"This was a great recipe! My daughter and I made these together for her teachers. We're having a problem not eating them all ourselves, so another batch is being made this weekend just for us!"

mschmidt0442 User ID: 6962159 122783
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2012

"A great alternative to the avalanche of chocolate and coconut cookies. a great Citris taste to the shortbread along with the tartness of the cherries. I coated with green sugar before baking."

schulzhorse User ID: 3152526 139135
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2012

"dough was hard in a hour, sliced great ,I did use white whole wheat flour and used cranberries"

AbigailMarie User ID: 6444621 125415
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2012

"Try freezing the dough before slicing. Depending on where you live, humidity, heat in your kitchen, may not have been cold enough in the fridge to get them to slice properly. Sorry! -Abigail"

djtomlinson User ID: 6999592 140041
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2012

"This cookie dough NEVER gets firm enough to slice. I made it twice thinking I did something wrong the first time. The second time I even kept the dough in the frig overnight, but even then, when I sliced it, it just smashed. I had to hand shape each cookie. Maybe there's something wrong with the recipe/ ingredients but I can't figure it out. I would sure like to hear from someone on this. Maybe even the originator (Abigail) of this recipe. The cookie may taste good but the preparation is a mess."

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