Key Lime Cookies

Recipe by:  www.motherthyme.com

Makes approximately 4 dozen

Ingredients

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, soften

3/4 cup sugar

2 teaspoons lime zest (about 2 limes)

1/4 cup key lime juice

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

Key Lime Buttercream Frosting

5 tablespoons butter, softened

1 cup confectioners sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 teaspoons key lime juice

1 teaspoon milk*

Key Lime Cream Cheese Frosting

4oz cream cheese, softened

1 cup confectioners sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons key lime juice

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Food coloring (optional)

Directions

Using an electric mixer cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add in lime zest, key lime juice and vanilla until combined.  Gradually mix in flour until blended.  

Chill dough in refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

On a lightly floured surface roll dough to 1/4 inch thick (or desired thickness).  Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes and place on lightly greased baking sheet or parchment paper and bake for 6-8 minutes, do not over bake.  Let cool slightly on baking sheet before transferring to wire rack to cool completely before frosting.  

Key Lime Buttercream Frosting

Using an electric mixer on medium speed combine butter and confectioners sugar until blended.  Stir in key lime juice followed by vanilla extract and milk until creamy.

*If buttercream is to thick, add in another teaspoon of milk until desired thickness.

Key Lime Cream Cheese Frosting

Using an electric mixer combine cream cheese and confectioners sugar until combined.  Stir in key lime juice and vanilla extract until creamy.  Add in food coloring if desired.  

Note-

The frosting recipes are for 1/2 batch in cream cheese and 1/2 batch in buttercream.  If you want all the cookies frosted in just cream cheese or buttercream, double the frosting batch of desired frosting.