Saturday, June 19, 2010

Lime-Sugar Cookies ~ no rolling pin needed!



Sugar Cookies are one of my favorites. But rolling the dough discourages me from making them. I prefer to bake cookies using the drop method.

I came upon a blog, Savory Sweet Life, by Alice. She made Sugar Cookies that didn’t require rolling dough. I was so happy to see this. Thank you Alice! You’ve inspired me to make these cookies.

I am such of fan of lime. So, I added a lime-sugar mixture on top of the cookies. Simply delicious! It’s very hard to just have one!













Lime-Sugar Cookies

Adapted by Carmen Ortiz of Baking is my Zen
(Source: Savory Sweet Life which was adapted from Allrecipes.com

Makes approx. 32 medium sized cookies

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/4 cups white sugar

1 cup salted butter

3 egg yolks

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

1/4 teaspoon of salt


LIME-SUGAR TOPPING:

½ cup sugar

Zest of 1-2 limes

Pinch of fleur de sel or salt


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.



Mis en Place:
Ingredients
Mixer
2 Bowls
sifter
Spatula or large spoon
Parchment or waxed paper – to wrap dough for chilling
Parchment paper – for lining baking trays
Baking trays
Ice cream scooper – medium size
Cookie spatula
Cooling racks
Container to store cookies



DIRECTIONS:

Lime-Sugar Topping: In a bowl, combine sugar, lime zest and salt. Set aside.

In a mixer, cream butter and sugar. (approx 3-4 min)

Mix in egg yolks, one at a time.

Add vanilla extract.

In a bowl, sift flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt.

Add dry ingredients into butter mixture and mix until dough forms.

Scrape mixing bowl down to ensure even mixing.

Tear a sheet of wax or parchment paper. (about 12 inches or so)

Transfer dough onto wax paper. Wrap and chill for about 1 hour.

Remove dough from refrigerator. Unwrap.

Using a medium ice cream scooper, drop each dough ball in the lime-sugar mixture.

Roll the top & sides of dough in sugar. Do not coat the flat part of the dough with sugar.

Place cookie balls, flat side down, on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper - 2 inches apart.

Do NOT flatten the dough balls.


Bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes until a crack-like texture appears on the surface of the cookies. Don’t over bake.

Remove from oven and allow cookies to remain on the cookie sheet for approx. 3 mintues.

Transfer cookies to a cooling rack.

After cooling, store in an airtight container.



Enjoy. It’s hard to eat just one!


Peace in baking,



Carmen

Baking is my Zen…sweet nibbles for the soul

6 comments:

Adventures in Domestic Cooking said...

These look so wonderful!!
They are quite beautiful as well=)

Mary said...

These really sound amazing. I love tart playing against sweet. I'll wager these are delicious. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

rebecca said...

Oh I wish you had posted these earlier in the week, as I would have made them for my reception! That said, my sister is coming to visit soon (for a month! with my 10 month old nephew!) and she loves all things citrus, so this recipe going on my things-to-do list. Can't wait to try it out. They look DELICIOUS.

ScribeGirl said...

Seen on flickr. Would like to try these! Thanks.

sweetlife said...

i love these, perfect for summer...lime sugar oh how flavorful..

sweetlife

Tiff said...

These sound so good and they look really pretty as well! I love the lime sugar!

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