Introduction: Bitter Key Lime Wheel Cookies

Picture of 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

Picture of Make the Dough

Bitter Key Lime Wheel Cookies
10 T. butter, softened
1 T. key lime zest
1 egg
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

Picture of 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

Picture of 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

Picture of 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!


wold630 (author)2017-10-16


ilpug (author)2012-01-09

I just bought a bunch of limes.

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2012-01-07

So creative! I have never seen lime on cookies before! Just wonderful!

scoochmaroo (author)2012-01-07

These are stunning! I love them!

About This Instructable




Bio: Hi, my name is Jen! I'm a Community Manager here at Instructables. In my free time I'm a crafter, food lover, cake decorator ... More »
More by wold630:Bat Napkin FoldingBlackout Menu for HalloweenMotorcycle Tips, Repairs, & Restorations
Add instructable to: