Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Lime Meltaways

It's hard not to bake some cookies when all my blogger friends have been churning out so many exquisite ones for Christmas. If I got a penny for every pretty cookie I saw, I would have raked in a tidy sum by now.

So, go with the flow I did - "I shall bake some myself too!" But what? There were choices galore, and the more I looked, the more confused I got. One thing was certain - I didn't want to bake cookies that looked pretty but wouldn't enjoy eating. Like Gingerbread. Or Linzer. Or Sugar Cookies. I don't dislike them, but I'm not crazy about them either.

I only like 2 types of cookies - Crunchy or Melt-in-your-mouth. Nothing chewy. Ideally it should be chocolaty or citrusy. Depending on the type of cookie, some addition of nuts like almonds or macademias would be nice, but not pecans or walnuts. I know ... if I had to classify my relationship with cookies, it would read: "It's Complicated."

And then by chance, I saw these Lime Meltaways at the parsley thief. Lime Meltaways! It was love at first sight and I knew instantly, that would be the one. I love anything melty, buttery and citrusy.

I cut them thicker than the recipe called for, and my cookies had a slightly crisp underside and a delicate golden top that crumbled at the gentlest nibble. Don't they look twee?

I discovered it was adapted from Martha Stewart, and off I went to her website for the original recipe. So there, I have my Christmas cookies! :) It was my first time making these and it certainly won't be my last.

Wishing everyone who's reading, "Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!"

Very fast to prepare - not impossible to get the dough done in 15mins, if you're fast.

(from Martha Stewart)
- 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- Grated zest of 2 limes
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/4 teaspoon salt

The dough for these icebox cookies keep for about 2 months when frozen. Perfect when you have to produce something more sophisticated than regular chocolate chip cookies or indeed, for moments when you just need instant gratification.

Just take the chilled, hardened dough out of the fridge and slice into your desired thickness. And bake!

1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, cream butter and 1/3 cup sugar until fluffy. Add lime zest, juice, and vanilla; beat until fluffy.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, and salt. Add to butter mixture, and beat on low speed until combined.

3. Between two 8-by-12-inch pieces of parchment paper, roll dough into two 1 1/4-inch-diameter (~3cm) logs. Chill at least 1 hour.

4. Heat oven to 350 degrees F (~190 degree celsius). Line two baking sheets with parchment. Place remaining 2/3 cup sugar in a resealable plastic bag. Remove parchment from logs; slice dough into 1/8-inch-thick (~3mm) rounds. Place rounds on baking sheets, spaced 1 inch apart.

5. Bake cookies until barely golden, about 15 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool slightly, 8 to 10 minutes. While still warm, place cookies in the sugar-filled bag; toss to coat. Bake or freeze remaining dough. Store baked cookies in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Notes from The Little Teochew:
- I rolled them into a log size of about 4cm in diameter (as opposed to 3cm as stated in the recipe).

- I felt the ideal thickness (for me) was about 8mm thick (as opposed to 3mm thick as stated in the recipe). Had I cut them into 3mm slices, they would have burnt to a blackened crisp in the 15 mins of bake time!

- I baked at 160 degree celsius for 15mins (instead of 190 degree celsius, as stated in the recipe).

- I did not place the cookies into a bag of icing sugar. I dusted the sugar over them, after they had cooled on the rack. These cookies are too fragile to be tossed in a bag! Handle with care!

Bake till they turn into a pale, delicate shade of gold. Leave them to cool for a while, and then give a generous dusting of icing sugar. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!


  1. It looks so easy and so delicious, I have no much time at the moment to cook them, but I have noted the recipe
    I wish you a very, very merry Christmas to you and all your family

  2. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you too Ju! And that looks like a Lime -flavoured melting moment! I think it would have looked good if piped with a star tip too!

  3. Ah..Ju I had these at a friends home perhaps the year she had them in her magazine,,many many years ago..I loved them right away and Simone was kind enough to handwrite the recipe and give it to John to give to Jacques:) Those were the days..:)

    I know how great they taste..and yours look heavenly~

  4. Yes Yes Ju I have a complicated relationship with cookies too! LOL I don't like the chewy, moist ones..only the crunchy,crisp or melt in the mouth ones. Either that or a pineapple tart...oh yum...

    those look so delicious and noting the recipe too...I havent made cookies in a awhile...not my fave bake to make...all the waiting and watching. but these look worth it!

  5. if you can't beat them, join them (although we your skills--they're hard to beat)! lovely as how you propped them up as if they're floating!

  6. These are a fave cookie of mine, too!! Looks like you've got a white X'mas in a tropical paradise! =)

    Merry X'mas & Happy 2010!


  7. looks good and simple to bake and the idea of freezing the dough for future bakes is great...

    let it snow.

    Merry Christmas to u and your family...ho ho ho : )

  8. I prefer thin cookies too. They are usually crispier.
    Wish you and yours a happy holiday too!

  9. the sugar you put on top look like snow, really got Christmas feeling when I see this cookie, am like crunchy type cookie too. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year too.

  10. sugar overloud... you are so right about all these wonderful cookies out there. Hard to pick... you did great, bet your girls loved these

    Enjoy the season

  11. Yes, your relationship with cookies is complicated! These cookies look wonderful. I canNOT wait to make them. I haven't had time to bake this season, darnit, but sure have enjoyed the tons of recipes coming through on blogs. Thanks for the recipe.

  12. This recipe looks delicious! I'll see if I have the time to make them before Christmas.
    Just a small question - an odd one, at that. Since I live in Peru, I have no freakin' idea of how a lime looks like, since apparently people here invert what a lime and a lemon are. Or something.
    Do you think you could post a picture of a lime for reference?
    Again, it's an odd request, sorry if it's bothersome in some way.
    By the way, I love your blog. Every recipe you post looks delicious.

  13. Ahh... such beautiful cookies - they sound delicious and I can imagine them tasting just as good as they look! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  14. Ju, I too prefer crunchy and melt in your mouth cookies. No chewy cookies for me :) Wishing you and your family a Happy and Blessed Christmas!

  15. very very yummy!
    Merry Christmas!

  16. I haven't met many cookies that I didn't like, Ju. I really love the buttery goodness of plain and simple sugar cookies (homemade ones!) And layered ones, and spicy ones and those melt in your mouth ones like this post. I too, remember when Martha first made these and always wanted to try them...thanks for the nudge and inspiration.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New year! Thanks for all of your light!

    xoxo Diane

  17. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year ;D

  18. gotta love these kinda cookies!
    just make, freeze, and slice and bake as and when!
    love the sound of lime meltaways.
    sounds awesome for a citrus lover!
    heehee. might just make these soon

  19. Happy Holidays!
    From how the dough was rolled, it looks like the Indonesian durian chewy sticky-type snack.

  20. My kind of cookies! very nice :)
    Merry Christmas and happy new year!

  21. mmmm, hun this looks so damn good. lime is great! :) just made lime mascarpone cream cheese icing today for my carrot cake. will post that up later! Happy Christmas darling. glad u like the same kind of cookies i do, except i've now gotten used to chewy and have more or less settled for the typical chewy in the middle, crunchy at the edges. :D

  22. So nice of you to make cookies for Christmas! Just want to wish you and your family a wonderful Merry Christmas

  23. They look soo delicious.
    Merry Christmas and happy new year.

  24. Georgous lime melt aways, Ju!!

    MMMMMMMMMMMM,...a lovely & happy Christmas & a happy, fun & great 2010!!

  25. such a easy to do recipe...i wish i had bumped into the recipe time now but will try this weekend :) and yes!!they look delicious!!
    Wish you a very merry christmas !!!

  26. Hi Ju,
    I saw this in Martha Stewart's website and wanted to try this since long time ago. You've made this cookies looked so pretty and tempting! What a wonderful change from the usual christmas cookies! Looks good! :) Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family!

  27. ils ont l'air délicieux j'en prends note
    bonne fête

  28. These cookies look amazing- all crumby and lemony, yum! I might just make these to welcome the New Year. Merry Christmas!

  29. These beauties would definitely satisfy even the pickiest cookie eater!

  30. Oh, man, do these look wonderful. I'm pretty much full of cookies, so it takes something veryvery tempting to get me interested right now--these fill the bill!

    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas. And a happy New Year too!

  31. Merry Christmas Little T...those are some rockin' cookies...
    And what do you mean they are not perfect...they are perfect and look perfectly delicious!
    Love to you!

  32. They look sublime, Ju! If only I could reach through the computer screen. :)

    Every photo is gorgeous too, nice job!

    I'm wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas. ((hugs)) ~m

  33. Merry Christmas Ju! Lovely cookies :)

  34. Thanks, Ju for the recipe. Just what I was looking for. Baked them yesterday on 160C for 9 mins. They were great!!!
    Merry Christmas!!!!!

  35. Yammi! I love your cookies! Merry christmas Ju, xx

  36. hello
    these cookies are very tempting and you were right to bake them ! wonderful !

    It is cold here but very sunny and believe me Paris is beautiful today !

  37. Hi Ju, these look great. I made them once and really like them. Reminds me of melting moments. Hope you had a great Christmas and wishing you a happy new year as well.

  38. I felt the same feeling with you about the coming new year and cookies, so I made some cookies with dates yesterday. As I love the citrus flavor in cookies, just like you, I must try this one too. It sounds so easy. Thank you for stating the changes you made, I will try your version.
    Happy new year to you and your family!

  39. can't go wrong with a lime cookie. Lime is one of my favorite things, and your cookies look so perfect! Wish I lived in your household sometimes. Hope you had a great holiday, and happy new year to you.

  40. Ju, Merry Christmas..lovely cookies for the holidays

  41. hey just drop by to wish you a belated Christmas and not late a good jolly New Year! :)

  42. you inspired me to bake cookies too! merry xmas and happy new year!

  43. Your cookies are really pretty and festive! Happy Holidays!

  44. I tuoi biscotti sono deliziosi, e la tua descrizione molto dettagliata. Buon 2010 Daniela e Diocleziano.

  45. I am in line, where can I get some? :) These look fabulous. The name of them makes my mouth water!!

  46. hihi, i tried making this cookies but...met with some obstacles :(
    my dough does not seem to harden like yours. i even put into the freezer...
    and 2/3 cup of sugar to sprinkle on the cookie, but i used only a tweeny tiny bit. i felt that i had done something wrong...but not sure where is the mistake though..

  47. The cookies look delicious. I have heard of lemon cookies but this is my first lime cookie. I will try to make these for my wife. She has to prepare some things for a bake sale. I'm visiting here from Zerrin's site. I'm a first time visitor but I will be back.

    My wife is thinking about starting a food blog. Do you have any ideas or helpful hints? She wants to make money with it.

  48. The cookies look lovely! Wonder how did u manage to roll the dough into such a perfect cylinder, to yield the circular cookies?

    Somehow i always end up with an odd shape cylinder... :(

  49. Hi,
    I am quite an idiot at cookie baking, your receipe looks delicious! and i would like to try should I deal with the dough if i want to use a cookie cutter? do i roll into desired thickness than put in chiller to harden?
    or can i just leave the dough as it is and roll the cookie to desired thickness only when it harden?
    thank you!

  50. Oooh, I have never thot of using cookie cutters. The dough is very soft when at room temperature, and hardens quickly when chilled. I don't think you can roll it easily when it hardens. Besides, for these melty types of cookies, minimal handling of the dough is crucial.

  51. hi the lime is is those small lime where we usewith our chilli? or those medium lime where they use in tom yam soup?