Looking for a tea party cookie to serve at a special event? Coconut Lime Shortbread Cookies can be dressed up pretty or eaten any ole way. They pack up great for gifting and potlucks too.
We don’t often make confections like these. But once in awhile Kayti whips out her piping tip. This is her inspiration for a summery cookie everyone will love. Zesty Lime and mellow coconut are great together in these shortbread cookies. The icing is graced with a touch of lime to wake up your taste buds. Yummy cookies!
Coconut Lime Shortbread Cookies Recipe:
These cookies are not hard to make but if you are decorating them like we did, carve out an hour or two extra to let the icing set before boxing these up. The lime glaze adds a touch of zingy citrus with the sweet that compliments the shortbread and works well with the coconut and lime in the cookies.
Toast the Shredded Coconut:
I used my Silpat mats for this project. I have had them over a year. They are incredibly handy for baking. If you don’t have a silpat mats use parchment paper or oil your cookie sheets really well.
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
- Spread the coconut on your silpat mat lined cookie sheet.
- Bake for three minutes. Stir the coconut shreds. Bake for another three minutes until the coconut browns as shown below.
For the Shortbread Dough:
Use a food processor to make the shortbread dough. I used my Cuisinart 14 cup food processor. Putting the dough together this way gets the coconut and lime a consistent size and the dough is SO easy to make!
In a food processor with the metal blade:
- Pour in the sugar, vanilla, coconut shreds and lime zest. Pulse until the coconut and lime are finely chopped.
- Add in the flour in 1/2 cup amounts. Pulse in between additions.
- Add butter a chunk at a time. Pulse once after each addition.
- Put the dough (It will not be formed into a dough yet) into a large bowl.
- Work the dough with your hand (grab it and squeeze a few times to see if it begins to hold together)
- Add water one tablespoon at a time to the dough mixture if it’s crumbly.
- Once the dough is formed divide it into two sections and form each into a ball that hold together well enough to roll out.
- Roll the first ball out on a lightly floured board to 1/4 inch thick.
- Cut into cookies and lay on a lined cookie sheet (Or well oiled)
Bake the cookies:
Bake at 325 degrees for 12 minutes or until the cookies turn slightly brown.
Cool the cookies on a cooling rack. Repeat with the second dough ball until all cookies are baked and cooled.
For the glaze:
- Whisk Together the powdered sugar, lime juice(If you are using fresh squeezed lime juice strain out the pulp) and water.
- Adjust the consistency of the icing to your needs by adding a bit more water or sugar as needed.
- Color 3/4 of the icing with Wilton green gel color to your preference.
- Set aside the remaining white icing.
- Insert a number 1 round decorating tip into a piping bag. Add some green icing and draw circles around the outer edge of the cookies.
- Before the icing sets up come back and fill the circle with more green icing with a spoon.
- When all the cookies are glazed with the green icing let it harden some.
- Wash out your piping tip and insert it into a new piping bag to Drizzle on the white icing in lines over the green.
- If you prefer you may sprinkle a small amount of lime zest and toasted coconut over the icing topping before it sets.
- Let the cookies harden at least an hour before stacking or the top will be damaged. When stacking in a box separate your cookie layers with parchment paper to avoid damage.
Serving Size: 1 cookie
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 120
Slightly adapted from Gimme Some Oven