Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Lime Sugar Cookies

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I haven't really been baking much lately. I could say I've been swamped with work or I've been out enjoying the great weather but, really, I have no good reason. I have no excuses. I've just been taking it easy. Many of my coworkers remark that it's amazing I have time to bake in the evening after a full day's work, a long commute, cooking dinner and various nightly chores. And, honestly, sometimes all this baking does take its toll. So every once in a while I need to take a breather from baking. But I did manage to whip up some easy drop cookies.

I needed some lime juice to marinate the steak for our fajita dinner and I just couldn't bear to toss out the lime rinds. So I zested the limes before juicing them and decided to substitute lime and dried pineapple for the orange and ginger in this recipe. The idea for using dried pineapple in this manner came to me a while back when I was snacking on some dried pineapple chunks and I realized how similar in texture it was to the Australian crystallized ginger I use for various recipes.

I could taste (and smell) the lime in these cookies, but the pineapple bits were lack luster. Some tasters wouldn't have known it was pineapple if I didn't tell them. So this was one cookie idea that was better in theory than in practice. Oh well, live and learn.

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Lime Sugar Cookies with Dried Pineapple
(makes 36 cookies)

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
4 ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temp.
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp finely grated lime zest
1 large egg
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup finely chopped dried pineapple
3-4 tbsp granulated sugar for rolling

Preheat oven to 350F.

Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

Using the paddle attachment on a stand mixer, cream the butter, sugar and lime zest on medium speed until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Mix in the egg and vanilla.

On low speed, add the dry ingredients slowly, mixing until just incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Mix in pineapple.

Form 1 inch balls and roll them in granulated sugar. Place on parchment lined cookie sheets.

Bake 12 to 15 minutes until golden around the edges. Cool.

22 comments:

linda said...

They look very delicate...and delicious!

Brittany said...

Oh, now these look yummy. Cherry and lime is a fun flavor combo--I wonder how dried cherries would work in place of the pineapple? I'll try it and let you know : )

veron said...

Those cookies look so crunchy and perfect with tea. I'm sorry that you liked your theory more than the result but at least now you know. There are times when i just don't want to bake anything too - although I always have the desire to read what I want to bake.

Meeta said...

Oh oh oh! Lime - I simply love the sound of these. May i?

Maria said...

I have best lime snowball recipe! They have a cream cheese glaze and then you top them with coconut! Let me know if you would like the recipe! I am sure they will satisfy your lime craving:)

Belinda said...

These cookies look so pretty, Mary. I just love seeing the little green flecks of lime in them. And, like lemon, I also dearly love lime. :-) I understand what you mean about sometimes taking a little break from baking. I was really glad that my mother baked me a cake this week, and I could just sit back and enjoy it when it was done.

ChefSara said...

hmm...just last night i had one of those "better in theory" recipes as well. and it too, used limes. Nice cookies, though. I wonder how dried mango would be instead of pineapple. Mango and lime work quite nicely together...

Deborah said...

I don't think I would have even thought to put dried pineapple in a cookie - it sounds wonderful! Too bad the taste didn't come through. But anything with lime has my vote!

Anh said...

Mary, I actually love the idea of lime cookies. And your turns out perfect!

Carey said...

They look gorgeous. As I am not a fan of pineapple and I LOVE lime and white chocolate together I thought I would substitue white choc. chips for the pineapple. One question though, what temperature did you cook these at? I'm not much of a baker so I don't want to guess. thanks for the great idea.

Cynthia said...

And we're greatful for you experiementing and letting us know :)

Peabody said...

What a great use for dried pineapple...I never cook with it, just eat it usually. I should give this a try.

breadchick said...

I love how lime zings up a cookie. Enjoy taking it easy for a bit. We all need that from time to time

Mary said...

Thanks everyone for the nice comments and suggestions.

Carey - I can't believe I forgot to include the baking temp. It's 350F.

Claire said...

This is going on my to try list! I might leave out the pineapple...but then I might not. SOOOO yummy looking!

Tartelette said...

I love that kind of cookies, and imagine that dried pineapple would be just so-so but on the other hand it's like a little bonus in a bite. They look great. I just made another Meyer lemon dessert tonight and everybody loved it.

Carla said...

Ooo these sound yummy!! I'll need to try it next time I find a good deal on limes :)

Anita said...

I love how you take ingredients in your kitchen and manage to come up with great recipes. Sometimes I get a little burned out on the baking thing too...until I go online and see what everyone else is doing!

Mallow said...

Sorry to hear that the pineapple didn't deliver, but in my opinion the lime was the important part anyway! I keep meaning to try making lime cookies, but now that it is fall (in Seattle anyway) it doesn't seem like the time!

Elle said...

Maybe just the lime and a few nuts, perhaps almonds> These really are pretty.

Gretchen Noelle said...

You have some beautiful posts - I just happened on your site and am excited to become a regular reader! I am a lover of lime and the ones we have here in Lima are especially delicious. I may have to try these cookies...maybe the lime with ginger?

Amy said...

These look delicious!