Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Lime Coconut Sugar Cookies

Summer is all about citrus fruits and berries, right? In Atlanta, the temperatures frequently reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit and I don't know many people who enjoy eating heavy meals if it's that hot. So, these lime cookies taste like summer. I mean that. Lime and coconut. Summer, right? 

They are kind of like a key lime pie cookie if you will. And if you feel like having some chocolate, these can be drizzled with melted chocolate to create an even more delightful summer treat. Coconut, lime, and chocolate. Yes, please. 
Let's start. Let's start with flour, sugar, lemon extract, vanilla extract, baking soda, baking powder, sea salt, limes, butter and an egg. 
I forgot to put the coconut flakes into the picture. Because I was busy toasting them and while I took the picture of the ingredients, the coconut flakes were in the toaster oven. Toasting. Making the kitchen smell delicious, turning golden brown and making me want to eat the coconut flakes with some vanilla yogurt (great combo, by the way...)
Oh and here are all the things you'll need to make the dough for the lime cookies: Measuring cup, grinder, bowls, electric mixer (or a kitchenaid if you wan to make me jealous), and a lime/lemon juicer.
To start with the dough making, combine the baking powder, baking soda, and salt with the flour. 
In another small bowl combine the lime zest and lime juice.
Add the softened butter and sugar to another medium sized bowl.
With an electric mixer beat the butter and the sugar together until smooth and well combined. 
Beat in the egg, lemon extract, and vanilla extract. Then slowly add the lime juice and zest.
Add the toasted coconut flakes and then gradually beat the flour mix into the sugar mix.
Tadaaa, that's it. There is your dough. Time to preheat the oven. Pump it up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Well don't pump, just set the temperature. 
Now what do you do with the dough? You set up a little work area. Since these are sugar cookies, it would be nice to roll them in some sugar. If you're into nuts, you could also roll them in some slivered almonds. Almonds work well with citrus-y things. 
For the rolling any kind of sugar will do, except for powdered or liquid sugar. White sugar, cane sugar, raw sugar or even brown sugar will work. I did half of my cookies with organic raw cane sugar and the other half with organic white sugar. Obviously  organic sugar isn't really necessary, but if you care about what you eat even in the slightest it may be something to consider. I am trying to mainly buy organic fruits, vegetables, milk, and meats and am starting to also restock my baking supplies by buying organic flour, sugar, eggs, etc. 

But as I said, if you don't have the organic kind, just use the regular sugar. 

Oh, and here is a little side note, sometimes Trader Joe's organic fruits/vegetable/flour/sugar etc. are cheaper than the non organic kind. It's weird, but I've noticed it more than once, so I'm fairly convinced it wasn't just an accident. 

Alright, back to the cookies. Form them into little balls, roll them in the sugar and place them on a baking sheet.
Put the cookies in the oven and wait, or if you feel like it, you can start rolling more sugar covered cookie dough balls.
By the way, those brownish red things in the dough are the toasted coconut flakes. Just in case anyone was wondering as I was when looking at the pictures... It's been five days since I made these, gee. 
This is what the cookies look like when they come out of the oven. Tasty.
Now you can get fancy and throw some chocolate on them or you can just eat them plain. Some Chewy Lime Coconut Sugar Cookies. with a glass of milk. 
Sounds pretty good, right? 
That tray came from a garage sale. Isn't it pretty? 
Make some! They are really easy and pretty much mess up prove. Oh and if you don't have limes you can use lemons, or oranges or even grapefruit. They all work and make for delicious citrus cookies. It would make me happy if you made some. Or even if you came by and ate some. But they are really easy to make. You can do it. I promise!

Guten Appetit!

Chewy Lime Coconut Sugar Cookies
adapted from My Baking Addiction

- 2 and 3/4 cups of sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking poder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup of butter, softened (not melted, but at room temperature)
- 1  1/2 cups of sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
- zest of 1 and 1/2 limes (grated or finely minced)
- 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1 cup (preferably unsweetened) toasted coconut
- about 1/2 cup of sugar for rolling cookies

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or Aluminum Foil.
In a small bowl stir together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. 
In a second bowl beat together the softened butter and sugar for about three minutes.
Add the egg, the vanilla and lemon extract and the lime zest and juice.
Slowly blend in the dry ingredients and the toasted coconut.
Roll teaspoonfuls of dough into small balls and roll them in the sugar. Place them on the cookie sheet.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.
Let the cookies stand on the baking sheet for a few minutes and then transfer them to a wire rack or put them on a layer of paper towel to fully cool down.

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