Introduction: Bitter Key Lime Wheel Cookies
When my mother-in-law sent me a box of freshly picked organic key limes from her tree in AZ I knew exactly what to do with them!
If you are a tea drinker or a bitter tea lover (which I am) you should definitely try these cookies with your next cup of tea! They are a little sweet with a touch of bitter and have a great texture from the ground almonds.
Step 1: Make the Dough
Bitter Key Lime Wheel Cookies
10 T. butter, softened
1 T. key lime zest
¾ c. confectioners’ sugar, extra for dusting
½ c. sugar, extra for sprinkling
¼ c. brown sugar
2 c. flour
1 c. almonds, finely ground
1 T. fresh squeezed key lime juice
6 key limes - give or take depending on size and juiciness.
Finely grind almonds in a food processor until they resemble coarse sand.
Using a microplane zest enough key limes to get 1 tablespoon. Cut those same limes to get 1 tablespoon of juice.
In a large mixing bowl beat butter, zest and egg until incorporated. Mixture will look lumpy. Add sugars and mix. Add flour and mix well, then add almonds. Once dough is well-combined form it into two logs and wrap with parchment paper. Place in the freezer until hard, approximately 1 ½ hours.
Step 2: Slice the Limes
While dough is in the freezer use remaining key limes and cut with a mandolin. Please use caution and the finger guard with this slicing device. It is extremely sharp.
Step 3: Cut and Bake the Cookies
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
Take dough out of the freezer and remove parchment paper wrapping. With a sharp knife cut slices 1/4 inch thick. This dough won't rise or spread so arrange close together on baking sheet.
Top each cookie with a key lime slice and firmly press the lime slice into the cookie dough. Sprinkle liberally with granulated sugar.
Bake for 5-7 minutes or until lightly browned.
Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.
Step 4: Dust the Cookies
While cookies are still warm dust with confectioners' sugar. The limes will absorb the sugar leaving a wheel shape.
You can eat the lime with the cookie or remove it for less of a bitter flavor. It's personal preference for bitterness.
Great with tea!
Eat and enjoy. Yum!