Wednesday, July 8, 2009

a "melt in your mouth" kind of cookie...

Day 3. Completely different flavour from the first two. I started off this week with a day of chocolate, followed by a day of vanilla. The use real butter blog then offered me something a little different... lime metaways. Delicate and sweet, these cookies are a real punch of lime covered in powdered sugar. They were one of the cookie doughs that needed to be chilled - but they did live up to that little extra effort (and premeditation).

Lime Meltaways
12 tbsp. butter, softened
1/3 c. powdered sugar
2 limes, zest
2 limes, juice (about 3 tbsp)
1 tbsp vanilla
1 3/4 + 2 tbsp all purpose flour
2 tbsp cornstarch
1/4 tsp vanilla salt
2/3 c. powdered sugar (for dusting)

With your hand mixer, cream the butter and 1/3 c. of sugar together until fluffy. Add the lime zest, juice and vanilla. Continue to beat the batter (fluffy fluffy fluffy).

In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, cornstarch and salt together.

Add the dry mixture to the butter and beat on low speed until just combined.

Roll the dough into two 1 1/4 inch logs (I rolled mine on top of wax paper) and then wrap in plastic wrap. Allow to chill at least 1 hour. I chilled mine in the freezer overnight.

When you're ready to bake...

Preheat your oven to 350 F. Line your cookie trays with parchment paper. Place the 2/3 c. of powdered sugar into a large Ziploc bag.

Take the chilled logs out of the freezer and allow to soften just a bit (because of the over night freeze I left mine out on the counter for 60 minutes). Slice the logs into 1/4 inch rounds. Place the rounds on your baking sheets, about an inch apart (they don't expand while baking). Bake for 15 minutes - barely golden. Remove from the tray and set on a wire rack for 3 minutes. At 3 minutes, pop them into the powdered sugar and toss to coat (don't get too rough, otherwise they'll fall apart).

Return the cookies onto the rack and allow to cool completely (I placed parchment paper under the rack to catch the excess powered sugar).

The dough will freeze - and can keep for 2 months. Or they'll keep for 2 weeks in an airtight container once baked.

Makes 4 dozen cookies.

Try this one... people will be instantly impressed when they see these little treats... and they melt in your mouth, just like their name promises.

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