Dec 14, 2014

Lime Meltaways


Lime Meltaways from Karen's Kitchen Stories

These Lime Meltaway cookies are super easy to make. I made the dough in advance, and baked the cookies the next day. You can also make the dough and freeze it, then slice and bake the cookies when "needed," making them the perfect cookie for gifting.

What is a meltaway cookie, you ask? It's a butter cookie made with powdered sugar and cornstarch (you could also use tapioca). The cookie is incredibly crumbly, so when you take a bite, it kind of "disappears" in your mouth, in a tasty "what was that wonderfulness?" sort of way.

Lime Meltaways from Karen's Kitchen Stories

I know there's a bite missing. Someone had to make the sacrifice so you could see the interior of the cookie. It's a tough job.

While these were made with lime, you could substitute lemon. orange, or grapefruit, or any combination of citrus. You could also just go with vanilla or chopped pecans if you prefer. We're flexible around here.

There are many ways to coat the cookies with the powdered sugar. You can place the cookies in a plastic bag with the powdered sugar and shake to coat them, dredge them in the sugar in a bowl, or sift the sugar over the cookies. I ended up dredging the cookies in a bowl, and then sifting more sugar over them.

Lime Meltaways from Karen's Kitchen Stories

If you're wondering about the little cups, I used these.

This post is part of the Secret Recipe Club Cookie Carnival. Sixty (yep, sixty!) of us have been randomly assigned another blog from which to make a cookie recipe (big thank you to Sarah of Fantastical Sharing of Recipes for putting this together). I was assigned Grandma Loy's Kitchen.  She has three children and three grandchildren, and has been married to the love of her life for over 50 years. Just like me, she enjoys reading cookbooks like novels. I'm with you, Loy!

After the recipe for this cookie, you will find links to dozens of wonderful cookie recipes.

Lime Meltaways from Karen's Kitchen Stories


Lime Meltaways Recipe

Adapted from Grandma Loy's Kitchen, adapted from Martha Stewart.
Makes 48 cookies

Ingredients

12 T unsalted butter
1 C powdered sugar, divided
Zest from 3 large limes
2 T fresh squeezed lime juice
1 T vanilla
2 Cups minus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, or using a hand mixer, cream the butter and 1/3 C powdered sugar until light and fluffy. Add the zest, juice, and vanilla, and mix until smooth.
  2. Whisk the flour, cornstarch, and salt together, and add to the mixing bowl. 
  3. Mix on low until the flour is just incorporated. 
  4. Divide the dough in half, and shape into two 1 1/4 inch diameter logs. Wrap the logs in wax or parchment paper, and then wrap in plastic wrap (see note above about paper towel holders).
  5. Refrigerate for at least an hour, and up to 24 hours. The dough can also be frozen and used up to two months later.
  6. Preheat the oven and line two baking sheets with parchment.
  7. Slice the logs into 1/4 inch disks and place them on the parchment, about 1 inch apart. 
  8. Bake the cookies, one sheet at a time, for 15 minutes.
  9. Let the cookies cool slightly on a wire rack, and then dredge, shake, or dust with the remaining powdered sugar while they are still warm.
  10. Keep in an airtight container for up to two weeks.


44 comments:

  1. Great Cookie~ Happy Holidays~ Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

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  2. LOVE that you chose lime. I've never had meltaways, I usually prefer thin crispy cookies, but these do sound fantastic!

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    1. They do make great gifts because they last a couple of weeks!

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  3. I have pinned these to try! Thanks for sharing the source for the cute cups. I was literally thinking "I wonder where she got those cups" and *POOF* it was right there! :) Thanks for the great recipe! Michaela from SRC-B

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  4. Sounds heavenly! Love the idea of lime...

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  5. Hi Karen, Glad that you liked the cookies. Lime is not my favorite flavor, but I did enjoy these. I actually got the recipe in a cookie recipe swap a couple of years ago where bloggers send each other a cookie recipe and then made the recipe they received. Have a wonderful holiday season.

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  6. These sound awesome! They do look easy and I might just make these this week! :-)

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  7. Oh my goodness these sound delicious!!

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  8. These sound delicious! Happy Holidays!

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  9. Oh yes, please! I have never made a meltaway cookie, but LOVE the texture / consistency of them. I will definitely have to save this one to try soon!

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    1. This was my first time and I will definitely be adding them to my cookie tool kit!

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  10. Oooh these sound so yummy! I love meltaway cookies and the lime flavor sounds great!!

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  11. What a GREAT recipe. I had no idea what a meltaway cookie was. Now I want one!! Or two.

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  12. Yum! These sound delicious! I have never had meltaways before.

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    1. I hadn't either until now. They are really good.

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  13. You always have to show an interior crumb shot. I don't fault you for the missing bite at all. Great SRC post

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  14. Oh wow - I've never heard of meltaways and have never seen a lime version of a cookie. And I love it because I'm a lime freak - have to try these.

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    1. I'm a lime freak too. Think margaritas, right?

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  15. These look simply beautiful Karen - great photos!

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  16. These are one of my favorite cookies!! I have made them with just lemon, and with a mixture of lemon, lime, and grapefruit. So good! Love the pic of the cookies in the paper liners.

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  17. Wow, they do seem simple to make and the "meltaway" quality makes me... MELT! ;-)

    Great pick for your assignment...

    loved this Cookie Carnival thing!

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  18. So cute. And they sound delish.

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  19. Delicious! I love the idea of a citrus element for the cookie plate.

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  20. I could taste these as I was reading. :] Good work.

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    1. Thanks for visiting Traci! Your site is adorable.

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