Believe or not, some people don’t like chocolate. Or maybe you’ve already overloaded on chocolates from the holidays. What treats are you supposed to enjoy on Valentine’s Day? Cookies, of course! These super cute heart shared citrus zingers sugar cookies are the perfect little treats.
Inspired by the bounty of winter citrus available, I adapted these lime zingers to include a combination of lemon, lime, and orange. The resulting zingers are bright, fun, and unexpected. They’re not your typical Valentine’s Day cookies, but they’re just as special. The burst of citrus flavors is sure to evoke some smiles and bring you happy thoughts of the upcoming spring weather.
Asides from the bright citrus notes, this dough is made with almond flour. It gives it just the right amount of nuttiness to this soft vanilla sugar cookie. Luckily, this dough is very easy to work with. It doesn’t require any chill time after mixing. Simply dump the dough onto a clean surface and roll it out to an even 1/4-inch thickness. Use a small cutter to punch out your desired shapes. I used this little heart for Valentine’s Day, but any shape will do. (You can even use a knife to simply cut out squares.) Gather scrapes and roll out dough as needed to punch out as many cookies as possible.
No need to space these cookies out in the oven during bake. They don’t spread. These zingers are super forgiving and perfect for timid bakers.
After the cookies are done baking you’ll be able to clearly see the speckles of almond flour as well as the bright citrus peels mixed in. They taste amazing as it, but since we’re celebrating love, let’s add a little color.
The original lime zingers recipe calls for green frosting. I lightly tinted the frosting pink using a tiny amount of red gel food coloring. You can spread the frosting using a mini offset spatula, or the back of a spoon. Or if you want to get fancy, you can pipe or drizzle on the frosting as well. And because I love confetti sprinkles, there’s no harm in adding a handful of rainbows here and there.
I hope this inspires you to bake outside of chocolate this Valentine’s Day!
Here are my changes to the original Lime Zingers recipe:
1. Instead of 2 teaspoons finely shredded lime peel: 1 teaspoon of each orange, lemon, and lime peel
2. Instead of 1/4 cup lime juice: 4 teaspoons of each orange, lemon, and lime juice
3. Instead of 3/4 cup finely chopped hazelnuts: 3/4 cup almond flour (ground almonds)
4. For the frosting, instead of 1 tablespoon lime juice: 1 teaspoon of each orange, lemon, and lime juice
5. For the frosting, instead of green food coloring: red food coloring