Key Lime Cookies

Total Time:
35 min
20 min
15 min

3 dozen

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup Key lime juice
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 2 cups prepared Key lime curd
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs 1 at a time and the lime juice, and mix well. In separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually add the flour mixture to butter mixture until incorporated. Dough should be stiff but not dry. Shape into 1-inch balls, press thumb into center of balls to make an indentation, being careful not to press through to the bottom. Fill indentations with about 1 tablespoon Key lime curd. Bake for 15 minutes, until lightly brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

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I have tried these cookies twice before (using this recipe) and I liked them. But for some reason I didn't like the way mine came out and I followed every step of the recipe. First of all, they are way too sweet. I also think the cook time/temperature is a bit off. The edges turned brown before the rest of the cookie was cooked, so it was too soft, but yet the curd started to dry out in the middle. I don't think I would make these again, using this recipe at least. The recipe makes a whole bunch of cookies, so to me it was a waste if I didn't even like them. VERY disappointed! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I couldn't find Lime Curd at my grocery store so I substituted Lemon Curd... so I guess mine were more like Lemon/Lime cookies. They were delicious. My only complaint is that they can't be stacked on a serving plate because they stick to each other due to the curd. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The recipe calls for "prepared" key lime curd, which is the kind you find in a jar or bottle at the grocery store. This was a cookie contest, not a curd-making contest, so it seems reasonable enough for her to win the round with this cookie. However, should you find using store-bought curd distasteful and offensive, I'm sure if you search online you can find plenty of recipes for homemade key lime curd. By the way, America's Test Kitchen did a taste-test comparision of key limes versus persian limes, and found that there was practically no difference in the taste. So I would say feel free to use fresh lime juice in place of the bottled stuff if that floats your boat. Personally, I think adding a little lime zest wouldn't be out of line. :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
No recipe for the key lime curd! This is only half written, I can't believe she won the contest with only half a recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I read the reviews of the other ladies prior to baking because I noticed the tackiness of the dough, and I used the suggestion of dipping my fingers in sugar. I made the curd mysellf, and I have to say I liked this cookie alot. I LOVE key lime pie, so this cookie is just like having a mini pie in your hand. I put just a touch extra lime in the dough, but other than that - this recipe is great. I will DEFINITELY do it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this cookie. I watched Ms. Hurt make it on the Cookie Challenge where she won first place. However, at the challenge the judges picked her cookie as the best because it was the only cookie that had real fruit in it. The judges forgave her to looks of the cookie due to the altitude. I believe there is something wrong with the dough. I live at sea level and the cookies do not hold up to let the curd melt in the middle of the cookie. Does Ms Hurt have any suggestions as to how to get the dough the right texture so they bake beatifully and the curd stays in the middle. dissappointed, from San Diego item not reviewed by moderator and published
The only reason I didn't give these 5 stars is because I had to tweak a few things. The first time I made them they stuck to the pan which made them hollow out and I ended up throwing them away. I tried them again this time using parchment and taking them out of the oven after about 13 minutes - just before they started to get brown. This worked out perfectly. And instead of using curd, I frosted them with a mixture of confectioner's sugar, key lime juice and some key lime zest. They got rave reviews, but beware - they are addictive! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Should have been 15 minutes @ 375 F. I substituted the lime curd for coconut flakes (1 c). item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very easy cookies to make. I followed the recipe exactly, and they turned out great! I used key lime curd & key lime juice. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I saw these cookies being made on the challenge episode. I took the time to look them up. Key lime curd recipe was not there. The information to find key lime curd was not there. They looked great. I wish that I could make them. item not reviewed by moderator and published