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Key Lime Sugar Cookies

Key Lime Sugar Cookies are a key lime sugar cookie with lime buttercream. A classic Southern pie made into a simple and delicious cookie.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 30
Calories: 222kcal
Author: Sandra


Key Lime Sugar Cookies

  • 1 1/4 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/2 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 3 tablespoons key lime or lime zest
  • 4 key limes juiced

Key Lime Frosting

  • 4 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1 key lime juiced
  • 3 tablespoons lime zest
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 5 tablespoons milk
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon flavoring


Lime Sugar Cookies

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Lightly grease 2 cookie sheets.
  • Cream together sugar, lime zest, and butter. Beat in egg yolks, lime juice, and vanilla.
  • Add flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Stir.
  • Form dough into walnut size balls and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Don't flatten. Bake 10-12 minutes, until tops are cracked and just turning color.

Lime Frosting

  • In a large bowl, cream together the confectioners' sugar and butter until smooth. Gradually mix in the milk, lemon flavoring, lime zest and juice with an electric mixer until smooth and stiff, about 5 minutes. Color with food coloring if desired.
  • Frost cookies and serve or store in an airtight container and frost before serving.


Calories: 222kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 120mg | Potassium: 29mg | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 315IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.6mg