The Cookie of the Month for March is the Lime Zinger. When flipping through my cookie magazine, these caught my eye because of the green aspect. St. Patrick's Day isn't really a big holiday for me, but I do enjoy green. And I can't get behind Easter in March - so St. Patty's Day it is. Although these cookies taste more like a vacation in the Florida Keys than St. Patrick's Day.I describe these as a "cookie in three acts". Act I - When you first bite into it, it's like a standard shortbread, only flakier. Act II - Then the nutty flavor starts coming out and doing its thing. Act III - You've chewed. You've swallowed. Now that zingy lime starts dancing around on your tongue, in your nose. And that's what makes you go back for another. And another. Ahhhh!
If you like lime, this is a cookie for you. That said - not the easiest cookie in town. With the shredding of lime peel and juicing the limes - it's a bit of a high effort cookie. But man-o-man, are they good!
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons finely shredded lime peel
(buy 4 limes total)
1/4 cup lime juice (about 2 limes)
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup finely chopped brazil nuts of hazelnuts (I used hazelnuts)
1/2 of an 8 oz. package of cream cheese, softened
1 cup sifted powdered sugar
1 Tablespoon lime juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
green food coloring
1. Preheat over to 350. Beat butter w/ electric mixer for 30 seconds. Add sugar: beat. Beat in lime peel, 1/4 cup lime juice and 1 teaspoon vanilla until combined. Beat of stir in flour. Stir in nuts.
2.Lightly flour work area and roll out dough. I used a 2" circle cutter - but this is up to you. Roll out dough to 1/4" thick and cut your cookies. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Back 8-10 minutes. Cool and move to wire rack.
3. For frosting, beat together cream cheese, powdered sugar, lime juice, vanilla and food coloring. I, FINALLY, bought an appropriate icing bag and tip to decorate the cookies, but in the past I have used the old cut the corner off a baggie trick. Let set until icing has hardened.
Makes about 36 depending on the size of your cutter. Enjoy!