Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Lime Meltaways

I know. Enough with the citrus themed desserts! Don't be fooled by the humble appearance of these little cookies. They have become one of Joey's favorites. They are just small enough to pop in your mouth and they sort of melt. They are not a soft, chewy cookie--more flakey I guess you could say. The lime gives them a little zip. I think they make a perfect little cookie when you are in the mood for something different.

I still have a roll of dough of these in the freezer. You can fit a ton on the pan because they don't spread.

Lime Meltaways

12 Tbls butter, room temperature
1 c powdered sugar, divided into 1/3 and 2/3
Grated zest of 2 limes
2 Tbls lime juice (About 2 limes)
1 Tbls vanilla
1 3/4, plus 2 Tbls Flour
2 Tbls Cornstarch
1/4 tsp salt

Cream butter and 1/3 c of the powdered sugar until fluffy. Add lime zest, juice, and vanilla. Beat until fluffy.

In medium bowl whisk flour, cornstarch, and salt. Add to the butter mixture. Beat low until combined.

Roll dough into 2 1 1/4 " logs. Wrap in wax paper and chill at least 1 hour.

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment . Place remainig 2/3 c powdered sugar in a resealable plastick bag. Slice dough into 1/8" rounds. Place rounds on baking sheets 1"apart. Bake about 13-15 min or until barely golden. While still warm, toss in the sugar to coat then cool on wire racks.

*The dough itself is not very sweet so don't be alarmed. They taste just right with the powdered sugar coating them. You can also store these in the freezer if you don't want to bake them right away and slice them frozen.

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