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Iced Lime Shortbread Cookies

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These iced lime shortbread cookies have the perfect citrus burst of flavor without being overly sweet. They’re the perfect summer dessert!

These iced lime shortbread cookies have the perfect citrus burst of flavor without being overly sweet. They're the perfect summer dessert!

I recently went on a crazy citrus binge. If you haven’t noticed we’ve had a lot of citrus recipes around here lately including these lemon raspberry donut holes, my lemon curd post got some pretty, updated photos, margarita bars, and lemon cheesecake sandwich cookies. Whew. So much citrus! Not that I’m complaining, I have a tiny moderate citrus obsession. Especially in the summer when it’s in season. You have no idea how hard it was to walk away from the key limes that were on sale in the grocery store the other day.

So when I found myself with some leftover limes after making those margarita bars I could not let them go to waste. Could. Not. I can’t even believe I was able to keep this recipe to myself for this long! I took these to a house warming party for a friend and had to contain my excitement that there were so many left over. Woe is me. Leftover lime shortbread cookies to take home.

These iced lime shortbread cookies have the perfect citrus burst of flavor without being overly sweet. They're the perfect summer dessert!

These cookies pack a powerful lime punch and since shortbread is itself not an overly sweet cookie the citrus glaze balances it out to the perfect amount of sweet to tart. We haven’t had these in the house in over a month and I’m sitting here with my mouth watering. Maybe I should have bought those key limes after all… 😉 This uses just regular limes though so no need to run out and get fancy unless you just prefer the taste of key limes to regular.

They’re simple, great for a backyard bbq on a hot summers day, and perfect with a nice, cold glass of sweet tea.

These iced lime shortbread cookies have the perfect citrus burst of flavor without being overly sweet. They're the perfect summer dessert!

Meaghan

These iced lime shortbread cookies have the perfect citrus burst of flavor without being overly sweet. They're the perfect summer dessert!

Iced Lime Shortbread Cookies

Yield: 12 bars
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Ingredients

For the Shortbread:

  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 Tbs lime zest, about 2 limes
  • 1/4 cup lime juice, about 2 limes
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp . salt

For the Glaze:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 1/4 cup lime juice

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and line a glass 9x13 baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. Cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the lime juice and zest and mix until just combined, being careful that the butter doesn't curdle.
  3. Sift in flour and salt and mix until dough resembles large crumbs.
  4. Press into prepared pan and bake for 40-45 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
  5. As the shortbread cools completely combine powdered sugar, lime zest, and lime juice and mix until no lumps remain.
  6. Pour over cooled shortbread and allow to set for 20-30 minutes before slicing and serving

These iced lime shortbread cookies have the perfect citrus burst of flavor without being overly sweet. They're the perfect summer dessert!

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Whitney

Monday 27th of June 2016

These look so good. I haven't had shortbread in ages. The icing looks so fresh and I love how it's not smothered in heaps of buttercream or a typical topping.

Meaghan

Wednesday 29th of June 2016

While I do love heaps of buttercream these are just perfect with the thin layer of tart glaze!

~Meaghan

Brian Jones

Thursday 23rd of June 2016

Love love love the sound of these, I've never made shortbread but my wife does quite often and I have made some not very subtle hints that these are the ones she needs to make next time :D

Meaghan

Friday 24th of June 2016

Ha! Good luck, hopefully she takes the hint ;)

~Meaghan

Byron Thomas

Monday 20th of June 2016

Oooooh! Seriously, one of my favourite things in life - shortbread! I can just taste that lime topping - it's making my mouth water. :)

Meaghan

Wednesday 22nd of June 2016

Reading your comment is making my mouth water. I LOVE citrus and it's especially good with the shortbread!

~Meaghan

Paige @ Where Latin Meets Lagniappe

Monday 20th of June 2016

I also have a total citrus obsession -- I love the tangy flavor! And I can't ever say no to key limes! :) These cookies look amazing Meaghan!

Meaghan

Wednesday 22nd of June 2016

I have a citrus obsession, too! And the lime in this recipe is the bees knees!

~Meaghan

Mary (The Godmother @ Goodie Godmother)

Monday 20th of June 2016

I can just imagine how pretty these would look piled high on a plate at a picnic. What a lovely summer cookie recipe!

Meaghan

Wednesday 22nd of June 2016

Almost unshareable ;) But definitely picnic material!

~Meaghan