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Coconut Lime Butter Cookies

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 50 min (includes cooling time)
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 32 cookies
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Ingredients

Cookies:

4 sticks (1 pound) salted butter, softened

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 

2 large egg yolks

1 tablespoon lemon zest

1 tablespoon lime zest

4 cups all-purpose flour 

2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice (or 1 tablespoon of each)

1/2 teaspoon coconut extract 

Icing:

3 cups powdered sugar, plus more if needed

2 tablespoons cream of coconut 

1 tablespoon lemon zest, plus extra for decorating

1 tablespoon lime zest, plus extra for decorating

1 tablespoon milk 

1 teaspoon coconut extract 

Dash of salt 

1 large egg white 

Juice of 1 lemon, plus more if needed

Juice of 1 lime, plus more if needed

Directions

  1. For the cookies: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Using a hand or stand mixer, cream the butter and granulated sugar until combined. Add the egg yolks and mix until combined. Add the lemon and lime zest. Add the flour and mix until just combined. Next, add the citrus juice (your choice) and coconut extract and mix the dough until it comes together.
  3. Scoop out tablespoons of dough, roll into balls between your hands and place on a baking sheet. Bake until not quite starting to turn brown, 12 to 13 minutes. Remove from the oven but keep the cookies on the baking sheet for 3 to 4 minutes. Use a spatula to move them to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  4. For the icing: Add the powdered sugar, cream of coconut, lemon and lime zest, milk, coconut extract, salt, egg white and lemon and lime juice to a large bowl. Whisk thoroughly until combined, adding either more powdered sugar or more juice until it reaches a pourable but still thick consistency.
  5. Drizzle the icing across the cookies in several lines, and then repeat in the other direction. Sprinkle the cookies with extra zest before the icing sets.