Lime Cookies

Citrus is really a year-round obsession of mine, especially for desserts.  I know that most women love chocolate, and sometimes I do, too, but mostly I enjoy fruit desserts.  I saw this recipe for lime cookies online and couldn’t trying it out.

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The cookies were light and refreshing.  They almost tasted like mojitos in cookie form.
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Lime Cornmeal Cookies
Adapted from Half Baked
The first time I made these I did not sift the cornmeal very well, so the cookies came out a little too crunchy.  I double sifted the cornmeal the second time, and the cookies turned out just right.

Ingredients:
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal, sifted 
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 Tbsp lime zest 
3 Tbsp lime juice
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Optional sugar mix for rolling: 
(I’ve made the cookies with and without this, and both times they were tasty.)
1/4 cup sugar 
1 Tablespoon lime zest

Directions
1. In a small bowl, combine 1 1/4 c flour and 1/2 c cornmeal.

2. In an electric mixer, beat 1/4 c butter and 1/2 c sugar at medium speed until the mixture is light and fluffy.

3. Add the 1 egg, the 1 T lime zest, 3 T lime juice and 1/2 t vanilla extract to the butter mixture and continue beating until blended.

4. Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat until just blended.

5. Once the flour and butter mixtures are combined, cover the dough and chill for an hour.

6.  After the hour, put the dough in wax paper and shape it into a 12 inch log.  Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and chill for 8 hours or overnight.

7. Preheat oven to 375°.

8. If using the sugar mix, combine 1/4 c sugar and 1 T zest together.  If not using the sugar mix, skip to Step 10.

9. Sprinkle the sugar mixture over parchment paper and place the unwrapped cookie log in the middle of the parchment.  Roll the log back and forth until the sugar mixture coats it evenly.

10. Use a sharp knife to cut the log into 1/4-inch-thick slices.

11. Place the cookies 1 inch apart on parchment covered baking sheets.

12. Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes or until set. Cool completely.

Makes 30 cookies
Nutritionals (per cookie): Cals: 28, Fat: 1, Carb: 5, Protein: 1