Thursday, March 10, 2011

Sprinkles of Green

Only 7 days to St. Patrick's Day. I am nibbling on one of these cookies that are sprinkled with green. 
These lime sugar cookies are delicious. I rolled them in sugar and zest, because I wanted to try and get a bit of extra green in addition to more lime flavor. The cookies are very light, you may catch yourself eating five. I left out the coconut from Rock Recipes' version simply because I was more interested in the green color! 

Lime Sugar Cookies
Slight change from Rock Recipes

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Zest of one large lime, finely minced
4 tbsp lime juice
1/2 cup sugar for rolling cookies
2 Tablespoons lime zest from rolling

- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
- Using a mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until smooth and very fluffy.
- Beat in egg, vanilla extract, lime juice and lime zest.
- Gradually blend in the dry ingredients.
- Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, and roll in sugar and zest. Place on lined cookie sheets about 1 1/2 inches apart.
- Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly browned.
- Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.
Makes approximately 24-30 cookies depending on size

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