Lime Sandwich Cookies

Summer is officially over and it’s starting to feel like fall up here in Michigan. I noticed a few leaves changing, the air is cooler, and of course school has started. If you’re not ready to say good-by to summer just yet, give these cookies a try! Each cookie is made up of two lime sugar cookies sandwiching a sweet and creamy lime frosting. Their bright citrus taste really makes you think of summer.

I wasn’t too convinced that I would like lime cookies, but I had a few extra limes in the refrigerator and thought I’d give them a try.  I’m so glad I did, because I loved them! The lime flavoring gives them such a different taste, and the combination of chewy cookies and creamy frosting is perfect. Mike liked them as well, and they were a big hit with my friends when I took them to a get together. They have such a fun and unique taste. If you’re looking for something sweet to brighten up your fall day and make you think of summer, these cookies are just the thing!

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Lime Sandwich Cookies

Ingredients:

Cookie dough:
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 Tbsp lime zest
1 Tablespoon lime juice
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1-2 drops green food coloring, optional

Dredging sugar
1 cup sugar
2 tsp lime zest

Filling
3 oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
3 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
1 Tbsp lime zest
1 to 2 tsp lime juice, as needed

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper (or lightly grease). In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Beat in the egg, lime zest and lime juice. Mix in the flour, baking powder, salt and food coloring. For the dredging sugar, in a separate bowl combine the sugar and lime zest. Scoop the dough, 1 tsp per cookie, and roll in flavored sugar. Place on the prepared baking sheets and press flat with the bottom of a glass dipped in the sugar mixture. Bake for 7-8 minutes, just until the edges turn light brown and the tops are puffy. Let cool on the cookie sheet.

For the icing: cream the cream cheese and shortening together until fluffy. Add the confectioners' sugar, 1 cup at a time. Beat in the lime zest and add lime juice as needed until the filling is the correct consistency. It's best to keep the filling rather stiff so that it doesn't squish out of the sides of the cookie. Spread the filling on top of one cookie and top with another cookie.

adapted from the King Arthur Flour Baking Sheet

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25 Responses to “Lime Sandwich Cookies”

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    Jessica @ How Sweet — September 7, 2010 @ 11:28 am

    Oh my gosh, I love all things lime!! These sound so delicious to me.

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    Brenda — September 7, 2010 @ 12:24 pm

    Megan, I can't begin to tell you how wonderful these look! I love lime anything so I know I would devour these.

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    Jenn — September 7, 2010 @ 1:20 pm

    These look so good Megan! They remind me of cookies my mom use to make at Christmas time when I was a kid! Thanks for sharing!

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    Wendy (The Local Cook) — September 7, 2010 @ 1:54 pm

    that looks so good! If you have any left you can bring them to Atlanta with us :-) Just sayin'.

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    Readable Eatables — September 7, 2010 @ 2:07 pm

    Love your Blog! Thanks for sharing, I'm excited to try some of these yummy recipes out!

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    Jennifurla — September 7, 2010 @ 2:29 pm

    They looks so delicate and yummy

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    Susi — September 7, 2010 @ 3:34 pm

    I love anything citrus so these cookies are perfect for me! They look wonderful, thanks for sharing :o )

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    Susi's Kochen und Backen — September 7, 2010 @ 3:34 pm

    I love anything citrus so these cookies are perfect for me! They look wonderful, thanks for sharing :o )

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    Heather I. — September 7, 2010 @ 8:42 pm

    I'm still hanging onto summer out here as well. These look refreshing and delightful!

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    CrystalsCozyKitchen — September 7, 2010 @ 8:46 pm

    Lime cookies – YUM!

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    Barbara — September 7, 2010 @ 10:23 pm

    I'm not going to be able to come up to Michigan this fall…I'm going to miss it. Love Michigan in the fall!
    Your lime cookies are a touch of summer for sure!

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    Megan — September 7, 2010 @ 11:10 pm

    These look refreshing and zesty! Love lime!

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    Anonymous — September 7, 2010 @ 11:28 pm

    The instructions mention to add the baking powder, but the ingredient list does not have baking powder!!!!!! Since I've creamed my butter and sugar already … I guess I'll put in 1/2 tsp and see what happens.

    What should it be?

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    SnoWhite — September 8, 2010 @ 2:14 am

    delicious! I once tried lime bars … oh my! I think I like lime just as much as I like lemon.

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    megan — September 8, 2010 @ 2:47 am

    Anonymous – I'm so sorry I left it out! But you were correct, it was 1/2 tsp. I updated the recipe. Thank you for letting me know. I hope your cookies turned out well!

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — September 8, 2010 @ 2:47 am

    Anonymous – I'm so sorry I left it out! But you were correct, it was 1/2 tsp. I updated the recipe. Thank you for letting me know. I hope your cookies turned out well!

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    tiina { sparkling ink } — September 8, 2010 @ 6:23 am

    These look so delicious! I love baking with fresh citrus flavors!

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    Tiffanee — September 8, 2010 @ 4:57 pm

    Looks delicious! I love the addition of the lime. I can't wait to try them out!! Thanks.

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    Julie — September 8, 2010 @ 7:31 pm

    I am definitely ready to say goodbye to summer, but I still love limes. And cookies. Yum :)

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    A Busy Nest — September 9, 2010 @ 3:39 pm

    I love a little lime in so many things and this looks divine.

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    Clockwork Lemon — September 13, 2010 @ 8:56 pm

    These cookies look great!! i love lime in baking, sweet and sour together = delish.

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    Kendra — September 15, 2010 @ 1:51 am

    Okay, yum! Normally I'll pass up the citrus for something chocolate in a cookie, but these look awesome. I think it's the fact that they're chewy. I love chewy cookies.

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    Anonymous — April 23, 2011 @ 5:38 pm

    Do these have to be refrigerated?

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — April 23, 2011 @ 5:44 pm

    Anonymous – According to King Arthur Flour they don't need to be refrigerated because something in the sugar helps preserve the cream cheese or somehting like that…but I always refrigerate them just to be on the safe side :)

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