Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Ode to Irish Authors: Lime Blossom Cookies

But ye are still left when all else hath been taken,
Like streams in the desert, sweet songs of our land.  
-Francis Brown

So I guess this has about as little to do with Ireland as any one thing can, but limes are green. And when you taste one of these babies, you will give me a break, I promise!

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I love the lime sugar cookie recipe from America's Test Kitchen. Here's my slight variation on it:

Lime Blossom Cookies
Slightly adapted from America's Test Kitchen

1 3/4 sticks butter
1 1/2 C Sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. lime zest
(Cream the butter and sugar, then add in the rest gradually, scraping down the sides of your bowl.)

1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
2 1/2 Cups Flour
(Sift together, then add to creamed mixture above)

Now pulse 1/2 C sugar and 2 tsp. lime zest in a food processor.

Make tablespoon sized balls of dough and roll in the lime sugar. Place on cookie sheet and pat down a bit with the bottom of a glass. They should look like babybel cheeses at this point. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.

Now you have this:

delightful little bits of sugar and lime zest. Perfectly summery and fun.

But what if you wanted some frosting? Cookies are always better with frosting!

Lime Buttercream Frosting
by bebookbound

1 Stick softened butter
1 lime (zest and juice)
3 cups or so of Powdered Sugar

Zest the lime and mix zest into the butter. Add the powdered sugar and the juice of the lime. Beat up until fluffy. Add more powdered sugar if necessary. I find that it can really change with the weather and humidity, so just adjust it to your favorite consistency.

Now frost!

But what if you wanted more green? It is St. Patrick's Day after all...

And there you have it, 3 variations on One awesome cookie.

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