Oh Hai Guys! Did everyone get that surprising burst of Spring that we’re having in the city currently? Oh mah gosh it’s better than Christmas morning I tell yah. Everyone who had two legs and could walk was in the park after work, running, biking, generally being in the way of runners or bikers. It’s amazing.
So perhaps you remember a few weeks ago when I impulse bought a bag of key limes. Can we pause for a second wherein I tell you I only used 5 of those itty-bitty little citrus packets of joy, and then found the remainder mouldering in my fruit basket when I returned from San Diego. Woopsie.
Moving along. If you happen to still have key limes (I haven’t the foggiest what their season is), and even if you don’t but enjoy citrus, make these melt aways. Ok sure, the “glaze” looks a bit questionable but I promise you it’s all delicious. It’s that decidedly awesome pop of citrus that melts in your mouth. The perfect way to jump start spring and shake off those winter blues.
These are a slice and bake cookie. Which means, you make the dough, roll it into a log, which is lumpy and imperfect and frustrating. Stuff it into your fridge, forget about it, rediscover it two days later for an unexpected and delightful surprise of fresh cookies in 10 minutes. I may or may not be speaking from experience. Just embrace it.
- ¾ cup (1½ sticks) butter, room temperature
- ⅓ cup powdered sugar
- scant 1 tablespoon lime zest
- 1½ tablespoon lime juice
- 1½ tablespoons vanilla
- 1¾ cup flour
- 3 tbsp cornstarch
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- In the bowl of a stand mixer combine the butter and powdered sugar until fluffy. Add the zests, juice, and vanilla and beat until incorporated and fluffy again.
- In a separate bowl whisk together flour, cornstarch and salt. With the mixer on low gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until just combined and no streaks remain.
- Divide the dough in half and roll each into a chubby log about 2 inches in diameter or smaller, whatever kind of log you can get it into really. Wrap in wax paper and then in a second layer of plastic wrap. Chill for at least an hour and up to 2 days (could go longer, but I haven't tested it).
- When ready to bake, heat oven to 350F. Line baking sheets with parchment or silpat.
- Slice the log into ¼ inch thick disks reshape slightly if you think they look funny. Place about ½ inch apart, these don't spread much.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, or just until the edges are golden. Let sit on pan for a few minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
- In a small bowl mix together the lime juice and powdered sugar until a paste forms.
- Add the vanilla and stir.
- Work by the teaspoonful add the milk until the glaze thin enough to drizzle over the cookies. Garnish with some fresh zest. Let glaze harden for 3 hours before stacking.