Key Lime Frosted Cookies

Bring the flavors of Key West home by making these easy and delicious Key Lime Cookies. Add lime zest to the cookies and frosting for an extra tart flavor.

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Any Floridian knows the delicious flavor of Key Lime Pie! And the most popular place to get it is in Key West.

A few years ago, Justin and I went on a 5 day cruise with some very good friends. Of course, this was before any of us had kids! Our first stop was in Key West. Since we live in Florida, we didn’t pay for any excursions but just walked around the area. We visited a place called The Six-Toed Cat the few times I had been, but sadly it seems to have permanently closed.

Key Lime Pie from The Six-Toed Cat in Key West, Florida

We have always liked the flavor of Key Lime desserts. So one day, Justin decided we needed to make some Key Lime Cookies. We used my basic sugar cookie recipe and made a lime-flavored frosting. Unfortunately, since we aren’t in Florida, we couldn’t use the actual Key Limes. But we used lime juice and lime zest to still add that tang to the sweet cookies.

History of Key Lime

Key Limes are a small, tart lime that grows naturally in the Florida Keys. These limes are best for making anything with the classic Key Lime flavoring. The juice from Key Limes has more of a yellow color to it than the green you see from limes at the grocery store year-round.

Key Lime Pie is the official state pie of Florida and there is a festival dedicated to Key Lime foods and drinks in July every year.

Src: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Key_lime_pie

Step by Step

Preheat oven to 350F. In a medium bowl, combine flour and baking soda. Mix well with a wire whisk and set aside.

In a large bowl, blend sugars with an electric mixer at medium speed. I like to use my stand mixer for this since it’s easier to work with.

Add butter and mix to form a grainy paste.

Add eggs, vanilla, and lime zest. Mix at medium speed until light and fluffy.

Add the flour mixture and blend at low speed just until combined, do not overmix.

Scoop dough by the spoonful onto an ungreased cookie sheet or baking stone.

Bake 18-20 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately transfer with a spatula to a cool flat surface.

While the cookies cool, make the frosting by combining the softened butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer.

Beat in the vanilla extract, lime zest, and lime juice. Gradually add the powdered sugar until the frosting is smooth.

Frost each cookie with about 1 tsp-1 tbsp of frosting. Garnish with more lime zest if desired.

Leftovers

We stored the extra cookies in an airtight container on the counter without the frosting for about 3 days. I kept the frosting in the refrigerator in its own container. When we wanted a cookie, we frosted it at that time. The frosting must stay refrigerated, but then the cookies don’t have to be cold when you eat them. You can also frost all of the cookies and refrigerate. They won’t stack well, though, since the frosting will get on the bottom of the cookies.

Recipe

Originally Published On: June, 22, 2020

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Key Lime Cookies

Bring the flavors of Key West home by making these easy and delicious Key Lime Cookies. Add lime zest to the cookies and frosting for an extra tart flavor.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cookies, dessert, key lime, lime
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Cooling Time 20 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 30 cookies
Calories 198kcal
Author Stephanie Lynch

Ingredients

Cookies

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp lime zest

Frosting

  • 4 tbsp butter softened
  • 4 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp lime zest
  • 1/4 tsp lime juice
  • 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • In a medium bowl, combine flour and baking soda
  • Mix well with a wire whisk and set aside
  • In a large bowl, blend sugars with electric mixer at medium speed
  • Add butter and mix to form a grainy paste
  • Add eggs, vanilla, and lime zest
  • Mix at medium speed until light and fluffy
  • Add the flour mixture and blend at low speed just until combined, do not overmix
  • Scoop dough by the spoonful onto an ungreased cookie sheet
  • Bake 18-20 minutes or until golden brown
  • Immediately transfer with a spatula to a cool flat surface
  • While the cookies cool, make the frosting by combining the softened butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer
  • Beat in the vanilla extract, lime zest, and lime juice
  • Gradually add the powdered sugar until the frosting is smooth
  • Frost each cookie with about 1 tsp-1 tbsp of frosting
  • Garnish with more lime zest if desired

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 198kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 105mg | Potassium: 32mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 303IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg

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12 thoughts on “Key Lime Frosted Cookies”

  1. I love key limes! I was actually just wondering what I can bake with the key lime juice I have and this is perfect. Can’t wait to make it.

  2. This is my older daughter’s favorite dessert. I am going to share this recipe with her. She will be happy to learn about the history of key lime as well.

  3. Melanie williams

    Oh my gosh these look really yummy and I could just scoff a few of these right now. What a fab bake x

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