Key Lime Sables

Homemade Key lime cookies are a delicious variation on Florida's famed Key lime pie and make a wonderful edible favor.

  • Yield: Makes about 80

Source: Martha Stewart Weddings, Winter 2008

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated Key lime zest (from about 15 limes)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh Key lime juice (from about 5 limes)
  • 1 tablespoon fine sanding sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Whisk together flour and salt.

  2. Beat butter and confectioners' sugar with a mixer on medium-high speed until creamy, about 3 minutes. Beat in lime zest and juice. Reduce speed to low. Gradually add flour mixture, and beat until just combined. Divide dough in half, shape each half into a disk, and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for 1 hour (or overnight).

  3. On a piece of floured parchment, roll out each portion of dough to 1/4 inch thick. Place dough and parchment on baking sheets, and freeze for 15 minutes.

  4. Using a 2-inch fluted cutter, cut out cookies, and space about 1 inch apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Freeze for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with sanding sugar. Bake until bottoms begin to turn golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool slightly on sheets on wire racks, then transfer cookies to racks to cool completely.

Cook's Notes

You can use regular limes in this recipe, but increase the amount of zest to 2 1/2 tablespoons.

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