Lime Lights

Enjoy tasty lime cookies without the guilt! At just over 100 calories, these cookie thins are the perfect light cookies when you’re craving something sweet. Top with lime frosting for extra tang.

Lime Lights
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
45 mins
Bake Time:
11 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
42 cookies


  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • ½ cup granulated sugar

  • 2 teaspoon finely shredded lime peel

  • ¼ cup lime juice

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 2 ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • ¾ cup finely chopped macadamia nuts

  • 1 recipe Lime-Cream Cheese Icing

  • Finely shredded lime peel (optional)

Lime-Cream Cheese Icing

  • 1 3 ounce package cream cheese, softened

  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • Lime juice


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Beat in granulated sugar until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in the 2 teaspoons lime peel, the lime juice, and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour and the macadamia nuts. Divide dough in half.

  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll one portion of dough at a time to 1/4 inch thick. Using a 2-inch cookie cutter, cut out dough. Place cutouts 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

  3. Bake for 11 to 12 minutes or until edges are light brown. Transfer to a wire rack; cool.

  4. Spread or drizzle cookies with Lime-Cream Cheese Icing. If desired, sprinkle with lime peel.

Lime-Cream Cheese Icing

  1. In a medium mixing bowl beat cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Beat in powdered sugar and vanilla until combined. Beat in enough lime juice to reach spreading or drizzling consistency.

To Store:

Layer cookies between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze unfrosted cookies for up to 3 months. To serve, thaw cookies, if frozen. Ice as directed.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

109 Calories
7g Fat
11g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 42
Calories 109
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 46mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 0.7mg 4%
Calcium 7mg 1%
Iron 0.4mg 2%
Potassium 23mg 0%
Folate, total 13.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0mcg
Vitamin B-6 0mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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