Friday, February 26, 2010

Cornmeal Lime Cookies

The name sounds strange.  A little weird even.  But, they are so super yummy you'll just have to get over it.  Little Man made these last year for the county fair so they are now "his".  We made them this afternoon and it made my wonder why I hadn't made them in almost a year.  They remind me of spring.  The freshness and lightness that comes right with it.  I also must confess that after having snow just a few days ago, I am SO ready for the warmth of the sun.  Maybe if I eat a dozen of these cookies every day for the next 2 weeks spring will go ahead and come.  OK, maybe not, but it might be fun trying!

Oh, dear!  What's that in the background?  Surely not?  My Christmas Tree?  You might be've got to be kidding?  No siree, I absolutely am not.  I was going to just leave it up until next year.  So, many of my friends thought I couldn't do it (I love a challenge).  It wasn't until a couple of weeks ago, that my dear husband mouthed off that the ornaments sure were going to get dusty.  It's coming down tomorrow.  I can't stand to dust!

Cornmeal Lime Cookies

2 sticks of butter
1 c. sugar
1 large egg
4 tsp. lime zest
2 tsp. orange zest (I never use this, I just use 6 tsp of lime zest)
2 tsp. fresh squeezed lime juice
1/2 tsp. almond extract (you can use vanilla if it strikes your fancy)
1 1/2 c. all purpose flour
1 c. yellow cornmeal

Cream the butter.  Then, add the sugar and mix well.  Add the egg.  Beat until well mixed.  Add the zest, juice and extract.  Mix but don't overbeat. 
Add the flour and cornmeal.  Mix.  Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.  NOTE TO CHEATERS:  Don't attempt to bake these without chilling.  Don't you even think about it!
Use 1/2 oz. scoop (the Pampered Chef medium scoop is perfect....I'm just sayin'!) and scoop and form balls.   Place onto ungreased cookie sheet (or Pampered Chef bar pan....hint, hint).
Use a flat bottom glass - dip in cornmeal and press the cookies flat.
Bake at 350 degrees for 14-16 minutes or until the edges are browned.  Remove from oven and cool completely.

Meanwhile, prepare the glaze!
          Sift 3 1/4 c. powdered sugar into a bowl.  Stir in 8 Tbs. freshly squeezed lime juice.  Add 2 1/2 tsp. fresh lime zest.  Stir or whisk these together.  Spoon ~ 1 Tbs. of glaze over each cookie.  Let dry completely.  Then desperately search for hiding spots to tuck these away so that you can actually enjoy one or two (or a dozen if you're trying to invite spring to your house).



  1. Oh, my, spring needs to get springing in our house, so these just might put our hearts in the mood. I thought I was doing bad by still having valentine decor up.....go figure!!!
    Love it!!!

  2. You've confused Mother Nature with the winter decor. She still thinks it's Xmas on your Arctic Hill and has been providing the appropriate forcast.

    Did you get the tree put away and did the sun come out?