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Lime Creams a Thumbprint Cookie


I must be honest and tell you, I’ve never worked with limes before nor have I really known what its taste was like.  The only time I’ve tried limes is after a shot of tequila but even then at that moment, I’m not in the right state of mind to sense its taste separate from the alcohol.  After making these lime creams, I must say, I’ve been missing out.

Key Lime Thumbprint Cookies | urbanbakes.com

Recently, I was in Astoria to visit the two most sweetest people in the world, my grandparents.  As I left they handed me a bag full of limes and told me to use it.  I immediately thought, “What in the world am I going to do with these?!”  The only thing I could think of was a key lime pie.  Never have made a pie in my life (not even a boxed version) and never worked with limes, I felt I should come up with something a bit simpler to start.  After some research I came across Lime Creams recipe from one of my favorite sites, AllRecipes.com.  After baking and taste-testing these little 2-inch lime cream thumbprint cookies, I have to restate that I’ve truly been missing out on the great flavor of limes!

Key Lime Thumbprint Cookies | urbanbakes.com

The added lime cream brings a refreshing aspect to the light buttery taste of the cookie that can almost be mistaken for a ‘biscuit.’  Once you bite inside, there’s a soft chewy center making it difficult to only have one.  They were so good, I practically ate the entire batch over a week.  I know what you’re probably thinking… I feel guilty but they were so addicting.  I highly recommend trying this recipe.  You won’t be disappointed.

Key Lime Thumbprint Cookies

Prep time: 30 min | Cook time: 12 min | Total time: 1 hr 12 min | Yield: 12 – 16

Ingredients

Lime Cream:

  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 T lime juice
  • 1 T grated lime zest
  • 1 egg
  • 1 drop of green food coloring or as desired

Dough recipe:

  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners sugar (optional)

Directions

  1. Place 1/3 cup of sugar, the lime juice, lime zest, and 1 egg in a saucepan over low heat, and whisk constantly until the mixture almost reaches a simmer and begins to thicken. Remove the mixture from the heat, and tint to your desired shade of green with food coloring. Set the filling aside to cool.
  2. Heat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  3. In a bowl, cream the butter with 1/4 cup of sugar, then stir in 1 egg and vanilla extract. Mix in the flour and salt until the dough is smooth. Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Arrange on an ungreased baking sheet, placing the balls about 2 inches apart. Use your thumb to make an indentation in the center of each dough ball. Spoon about 3/4 teaspoon of the lime filling into each.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until the cookies are set but not browned, 12 to 15 minutes. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 1 minute before removing to finish cooling on wire racks. When cookies are cool, sprinkle lightly with confectioners’ sugar.

Tips

  • Original recipe calls for a yield of 36 cookies.  You may find that 1-inch balls of dough may produce approximately 12-16 cookies.  You may double the dough portion (Step 3).
Lime Creams recipe adapted from allrecipes.