Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Lime Shortbread Cookies

Today I'm back on the citrus circuit but don't tell my lemons that I've sneaked in some limes.  I'm expanding my palate with these Lime Shortbread Cookies.

Lime Shortbread Cookies  - a delicate cookie with a drizzle of white chocolate, lime zest and toasted almonds | Cooking on the Front Burner #dessert

Put the lime in the coconut and shake it all up - Wait, I mean put the lime in the dough and bake it all up!  We'll save the lime and coconut for another day :)

These cookies are so delicate and the lime zest is so refreshing and provides a nice little pop of flavor.  I bet you can't eat just one - I know I couldn't!

Lime Shortbread Cookies

by Deb Attinella
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 30 minutes (though I strongly suggest keeping on eye on them)
Yield - 18 cookies
Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter cut into cubes (1/2")
  • 2 tbl limes zest (fine)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 ozs. high quality white chocolate chopped fine
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds (toasted)
  1. Preheat oven to 325 and butter a 8x8 baking pan (metal)
  2. In a food processor add the flour, powdered sugar and salt - mix
  3. Add butter cubes, 1 tablespoon lime zest and vanilla - just process until the dough forms a clump
  4. Pat dough in metal then pierce all over with a fork
  5. Cut dough into ninths then cut in each in half diagonally
  6. Bake until the dough is golden brown firm to tough - about 30 minutes (though mine took a lot shorter but I think I may have set my oven too high - just check after 15 minutes)
  7. Remove from oven and cut through again following lines from before.
  8. Cool in pan on wire rack then carefully remove.
  9. Melt chocolate in a double boiler then drizzle over tops of cookies
  10. Add chopped almonds and rest of lime zest
  11. Note: to toast almonds, place in a dry frying pan over medium heat and stir until fragrant - about 5-7 minutes
  12. Cookies will take about an hour to set up
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I know my lemons might be a tad jealous that they are just hanging in the fruit bin, but I do have plans for them later this week!  They'll get their day in court a new recipe soon!

Lime Shortbread Cookies | Cooking on the Front Burner #dessert #whitechocolate #almonds

Lime Shortbread Cookies | Cooking on the Front Burner #dessert

You might want to make a batch of the lime cookies and these lemon shortbread cookies as well in case you don't want to play favorites!


  1. These cookies look amazing. I love the zest on top and drizzle of white chocolate!

  2. Oh Deb, I wish I had some of these shortbread cookies with my afternoon tea - they look incredible! Love how you decorated them with the white chocolate drizzle and lime zest - so so pretty!

  3. White chocolate + citrus fruits make such a lovely combo! Oh how I'd love to try these!

  4. I love love love love shortbread cookies. They are my FAVORITE. I pinned these before I read the recipe. The picture sold me.

  5. Deb, you are so creative with the lime in the shortbread... absolutely gorgeous!

  6. These are GORGEOUS and almost look too pretty to eat, Deb!! But I would eat them right now so I think you need to take a little FL vacay and bring me some! ;) Pinned!

  7. hahha jealous lemons lol! These are beautiful and I love love the pictures :)

  8. Wow those look delicious Deb! You have such great recipes! :)

  9. These are so pretty, Deb -- I love your photos! I know they have to be just as tasty, too. Pinning! :)

  10. Deb, these cookies look beautiful and delicious! I love that you added lime to shortbread - definitely will have to put these on the gotta try! list. Thanks for sharing and pinning!

  11. Lemons get all the glory!! :D However, I love lime just as much and I am betting these lime shortbread cookies would be fabulous with some afternoon tea!

  12. Lovely photography. These cookies look beautiful. Would love to have one with my morning coffee. Pining to make this great recipe later!

  13. Hi, Deb! These look amazing. And such beautiful pictures! Pinned!

  14. These look just lovely! Love the combo of lime and shortbread, and your photos are just gorgeous! Pinned.

  15. i love shortbread. lime looks great!

  16. I certainly like these sweet different kind of cookie!!! Pinned and will be sharing on FB

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  17. Really different and great looking... I remember that song...ha, ha. Pinned

  18. I suppose I could forgive you for using lime instead of lemon. ;) They look delicious Deb!

  19. I love the addition of lime to the shortbread Deb. It adds some zip to the cookies.

  20. These look absolutely divine, Deb....perfect with a cup of coffee or tea!


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