Key Lime Sugar Cookies are a key lime sugar cookie with lime buttercream. A classic Southern pie made into a simple and delicious cookie. made into a simple and delicious cookie.
My husband is originally from the South, Louisiana to be exact. Since I’ve met him, I’ve been introduced to crawfish, jambalaya, gumbo, and his favorite… key lime pie. His preferred version comes from his mom, who knows his craving for super bold flavors, rendering this favorite pie a bit too powerful for the rest of us – unless we’re willing to walk around with puckered faces until the citric acid wears off.
These Key Lime Sugar Cookies are my attempt to turn his favorite pie into a cookie. And let me just tell you he loves it and so do I. These cookies turned out to have all the flavor from the inspired pie minus the tartness of the limes that one would expect to have. They are incredibly balanced, soft, and addictive as evidenced by my hubby inhaling three before acknowledging my existence. While I’m not the biggest key lime pie fan, I really love these cookies and devoured almost just as many as my husband.
So looking for a twist on a classic Southern pie or just a cookie that everyone will ewe and awe over – try these Key Lime Sugar Cookies. An easy recipe for a soft, chewy sugar cookie with a punch of lime.
Enjoy! XOXO San
How do you make Key Lime Sugar Cookies?
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Lightly grease 2 cookie sheets.
Cream together sugar, lime zest, and butter. Beat in egg yolks, lime juice, and vanilla.
Add flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Stir.
Form dough into walnut size balls and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Don’t flatten. Bake 10-12 minutes, until tops are cracked and just turning color.
In a large bowl, cream together the confectioners’ sugar and butter until smooth. Gradually mix in the milk, lemon flavoring, lime zest and juice with an electric mixer until smooth and stiff, about 5 minutes. Color with food coloring if desired.
Frost cookies and serve or store in an airtight container and frost before serving.
Cookie Baking Tips:
Can you freeze sugar cookies?
All cookies can be frozen, but it is best to wrap them individually to freeze them and only do this once they have cooled completely. Another way to freeze them is to stack them in layers in a Ziplock or container, separating the layers using parchment paper. I personally love individually wrapping them as I feel they taste better. Do not freeze after frosting.
How long will cookies stay fresh in an airtight container?
Properly stored, freshly baked cookies will last for about 2 to 3 weeks at normal room temperature and stored in an airtight container. It is best if you frost before serving.
Can you freeze the dough?
This cookie dough can be easily frozen but it is best if you portion about the dough beforehand. Scoop the cookie like you were going to bake them and just place on parchment paper. Then wrap the parchment paper in plastic wrap or store in an airtight container. Before you bake preheat the oven, following the cookie recipe suggested temperature. Stick on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, placing 2 inches apart, the only thing you will need to change is adding an extra 1-2 minutes to the baking time for the frozen dough.
My favorite kitchen tools used to make Key Lime Sugar Cookies
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SHEET PAN: I love using a larger sheet pan while cooking because I am feeding my family of seven. I love these pans so much that I have 9!
MIXING BOWLS: I love having a variety of sizes of mixing bowls. From small to large, I find that having at least 3 bowls of different sizes has been essential in my kitchen. I prefer Pyrex because of the durability.
MEASURING CUPS: Nothing beats a good set of measuring cups that last a long time. I love metal measuring cups because of their durability.
MEASURING SPOONS: I have to have a metal set of measuring spoons on hand. The plastic ones just don’t last long in our house thanks in large part to the garbage disposal.
KITCHENAID MIXER: I love my KitchenAid mixer and use it almost daily. For cookies, bread, sauces, frostings and dough – I find many recipes that I can use my Kitchen Aid to reduce prep time. I have two that I couldn’t live without.
HAND MIXER: I love these for small batches or quick and easy recipes that don’t require a lot of, ingredients. I love that you can have so many color options now, I love personally love teal.
Looking for more tasty sugar cookie recipes? Try these Orange Sugar Cookies with Orange Creamsicle Frosting, Lemon Sugar Cookies, Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies, and fun Mini Sugar Cookie Sandwiches.
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Key Lime Sugar Cookies
Key Lime Sugar Cookies
- 1 1/4 cups white sugar
- 1 cup butter
- 3 egg yolks
- 1/2 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 3 tablespoons key lime or lime zest
- 4 key limes juiced
Key Lime Frosting
- 4 cups confectioner's sugar
- 1 key lime juiced
- 3 tablespoons lime zest
- 1/2 cup butter
- 5 tablespoons milk
- ¼ teaspoon lemon flavoring
Lime Sugar Cookies
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Lightly grease 2 cookie sheets.
- Cream together sugar, lime zest, and butter. Beat in egg yolks, lime juice, and vanilla.
- Add flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Stir.
- Form dough into walnut size balls and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Don't flatten. Bake 10-12 minutes, until tops are cracked and just turning color.
- In a large bowl, cream together the confectioners' sugar and butter until smooth. Gradually mix in the milk, lemon flavoring, lime zest and juice with an electric mixer until smooth and stiff, about 5 minutes. Color with food coloring if desired.
- Frost cookies and serve or store in an airtight container and frost before serving.