I've followed http://www.closetcooking.com/ on twitter for quite some time, enjoying the recipes, but feeling like they were out of my league. I recently read the recipe for dark chocolate shortbread with fleur de sel, and I was intrigued. I browsed his Kevin's blog a little bit and came across the recipe for lime meltaways. WELL, if there's anything I'd like to snack on more than chocolate chunk cookies, it's lime cookies. I have a special affinity for just about anything citrus.
I did make a couple of tweaks, but nothing major. At least I hope it doesn't turn out to be major. I'm only about half way done with the recipe as I type this portion of this post.
1 1/2 sticks butter, at room temperature ($.94)
1/3 c. powdered sugar ($.12)
zest of 2 limes ($.67)
2 Tbsp. lime juice
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract (I used almond just because, and I was just shy of a tablespoon.) ($.21)
1 3/4 c. + 2 Tbsp. flour ($.30)
2 Tbsp. corn starch ($.05)
1/4 tsp. salt ($.00)
3/4 c. powdered sugar ($.27)
Total for the batch: $2.56
My batch made 3 dozen cookies.
Cream together butter and sugar.
Add lime zest and juice, vanilla (or almond) extract and beat well.
In a large bowl, mix flour, cornstarch, and salt.
Combine wet and dry ingredients.
Roll out the dough into a 1 1/4 inch log.
Wrap in plastic and chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour. (I used the freezer for 30 minutes.)
Slice the dough into 1/4 inch pieces and place on a baking sheet 1 inch apart.
Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes.
Let cook on a wire rack for 4 minutes.
Dredge in powdered sugar to coat.
Lime Meltaways in the cut-into-slices phase.
The first pan of Lime Meltaways as a finished product.