Friday, May 18, 2012

Lime Meltaway Cookies

Lime Meltaways 5-16-12These Lime Meltaway Cookies from The Martha Stewart Show are perfect lime shortbread cookies.  They have great lime flavor and literally do melt in your mouth with each bite.   These are one of those dangerous cookies for me to have around.  They are easy to eat too many!  With the ingredients only consisting of butter, sugar, flour, some cornstarch and lime they aren’t really on the healthy side, but more of a definite once-in-a-while treat.  I made them for my sister-in-law, Cindy’s birthday.  And I was happy to give most of them to her!

Lime MeltawaysThese were also quite easy to make.  The dough came together easily, took a little time (1 hour) in the fridge just chillin’ and then the logs were sliced into perfect little cookies.  They were carefully rolled in powdered sugar while still warm.  Part of the reason they are so tender is the cornstarch.  I would certainly suggest making these for all kinds of occasions or for the lime lovers in your life!

Lime Meltaway Cookies, adapted by Katrina, Baking and Boys!, from The Martha Stewart Show (link above to the recipe on her site)

3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

1 cup powdered sugar (divided use—1/3 cup IN the cookie dough, 2/3 cup for rolling)

finely grated zest of 2 limes

2 tablespoons of lime juice

1  1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract (Martha’s recipe has a full tablespoon of extract)

1  3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour (225 grams)

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1/4 teaspoon coarse salt

In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the butter and 1/3 cup of the powdered sugar.  Beat until light and fluffy.  Add the lime zest, juice and vanilla and beat until fluffy.  Scrape sides of bowl.  In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch and salt.  Add to the butter mixture and mix on low just until combined.

Divide the dough in half.  Place each half on some plastic wrap or parchment paper.  Roll up to form a  1  1/4 inch-wide log (8-10 inches long).  Chill the logs in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cut the logs into 1/4 inch rounds.  Space about 1 inch apart on baking sheets that are lined with parchment paper.  Bake for 13-18 minutes, until they are barely golden in color.  Let cookies sit on baking sheets on cooling racks for about 5 minutes.  While still warm, carefully toss the cookies in the remaining 2/3 cup of powdered sugar in a plastic bag.  Store in an airtight container.  Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

Lime Meltaway Cookies 5-16-12


Paige said...

These look great...I've never made "meltaways"....I love them though.

I'm fascinated by the a.p. flour plus cornstarch part. This is almost the substitution to make cake flour (typically the sub. for 1 c. cake flour is 1 c. minus 2 T. a.p. plus 2 T. cornstarch). The amount in the recipe puts you somewhere between cake flour and all purpose in the gluten department. Pretty cool.

Katrina said...

I forgot that what was in cake flour! Apparently those cookies are also in Martha's Cookies book. I have the book, but didn't even look. Thanks, Paige. Hope all is well for you!

Lisa Ernst said...

This type of shortbread cookie is one of my favorites. I've made the pecan wedding cookies and the chocolate almond and love both. I took one look at your photo and was instantly salivating for a bite. Will have to try these sometime when I deviate from the traditional recipes I use.

Veronica Miller said...

I remember liking these quite a bit but I made them to sell at my sister's shop, so thankfully they weren't around long or I'm sure I would have went overboard. Yours look so wonderful.

Anonymous said...

I love lime flavored cookies - so refreshing and a treat at the same time!
Mary x

Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more said...

I have to try these, I really have been looking for a good melt in your mouth cookie for ever.

Leslie said...

Totally pinned these!!!

Mari Nuñez said...

They look great! I love them, it something about the sweet and sour that is irresistible! Have a wonderful weekend :)

Chris said...

Hi Katrina, my mouth is watering just reading about them. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Chris

Megan's Cookin' said...

I love lime meltaways!!! They look perfect.
So funny little story. I was reading a post, thinking I was on your blog. As I'm reading the post, I thought, "this does not sound like Katrina". But I kept reading and then discovered it wasn't you or your blog by the end of the post. I kept thinking to myself. "what has gotten into Katrina?" LOL Silly me!

Emily said...

I could eat a ton of these! They look amazing!

scrambledhenfruit said...

These look so good! Citrus cookies in summer are my favorites. :)

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