Every so often I get a hankering for sugar cookies. Not the ones that are a bit crispy around the edges but the ones that have more butter than sugar and well...just plain melt in your mouth.
I grew up with this yummy kind of sugar cookies my entire life. Every Christmas we would make cutouts with them and decorate with gobs of frosting, and every Valentine’s Day my mom would make giant heart cookies with frosting for each family member with our name on it.
Needless to say, the cookies went very quickly and unfortunately we only got them twice a year.
Last summer as I was craving a sugar cookie (it had been 6 months without a bite!), I decided it might be fun to create a variation so I would have an excuse to make them in the summer months; thus the Key Lime Pie Cookie was born.
They are super easy to make…
Place butter and sugar in your mixer and beat until creamy. Add in the key lime zest and mix to allow the flavor to incorporate throughout. You can use either a lime or a key lime. (I have found it is easier to juice and zest a lime rather than a small key lime.)
Add in your egg and beat until creamy again and then add vanilla and lime juice and mix.
I have been using pure Mexican vanilla for about 7 years now in my baking and let me just say, it makes all the difference in the world.
Mix your flour and baking powder together and slowly add to the mixer. The dough will eventually form into a ball and will not be sticky.
Transfer the dough and roll it out to about a half an inch. Pick any shaped cookie cutter (even the top of a round drinking glass will work) and cut them out. I chose a star because I realized I had only Christmas cookie cutout shapes and that wasn’t going to work in summertime. Since the Fourth Of July is coming up, I thought the star would be very patriotic!
Place in the oven and make sure to not overbake. Pull them out before they get any color.
Let them cool and in the meantime it’s time for the homemade frosting! You will never want to use another can after you taste this! So easy too!
Beat the butter and key lime zest together in the mixer. After it becomes a little fluffy, add in powdered sugar and key lime juice, alternating until you get the taste and consistency you desire. Now, I like my frosting to be a bit more tart than sweet, so I discovered that adding a bit of fresh-squeezed lemon juice as well, gave it the tart I craved.
Frost those cookies and voila, you have a key lime pie cookie! Hope you enjoy!
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