A few weeks ago we threw a party…for the whole city. We launched a pop-up bar event, where we took an empty storefront and transformed it into a bar for one night only. About 200 people attended, closing things down at the very late hour of 11pm. I know, I know, in cities the parties are just getting started at 11pm. So goes small town life. Sadly it was one of the latest nights I’d had in a few months.
One of the signature drinks was Moscow Mules, which are a delicious combination of ginger beer, lime and vodka. It’s one of my favorite vodka drinks because it doesn’t actually taste like vodka. A bad experience in college has forever turned me off of the taste – everyone has that one experience, or two or three…
Afterwards, I came home with at least 15 limes. I squeezed some into my Diet Cokes and cooked fish with lime instead of lemon. And then I was still left with a whole drawer full of limes. What to do?
I found this great recipe on My Baking Addiction that I only slightly tweaked to my preferences. They were so good that I’ve already made three batches to give away. I can only eat so many cookies a day without feeling guilty about my current laziness in the exercise department.
Chewy Lime Sugar Cookies
(Adapted from My Baking Addiction)
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Zest of one large lime, finely minced
Juice of one large lime
½ cup unsweetened toasted coconut (optional. I made a batch without and it was still tasty)
1/2 cup sugar for rolling cookies
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside. Using a mixer beat together the butter and sugar until smooth and very fluffy. Beat in egg, vanilla extract, lime juice and lime zest.
Gradually blend in the dry ingredients and toasted coconut. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, and roll in sugar. Place on lined cookie sheets about 1 1/2 inches apart.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly browned. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks. Devour.
What are your favorite ways to use limes?