Zesty Lime Sandwich Cookies


Brighten the flavor of this shortbread-like cookie with in-season limes. Lime zest in the cookie dough and in the buttercream filling add nice citrus notes to this Christmas cookie.

Zesty Lime Sandwich Cookies
Photo: Carson Downing
Hands On Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
26 sandwich cookies


  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • ½ cup granulated sugar

  • 2 teaspoon lime zest

  • 2 ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • Lime Buttercream Filling


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment. In a large bowl beat butter with a mixer on medium to high 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar and lime zest. Beat until combined, scraping bowl occasionally. Beat in flour (mixture may be crumbly). Use your hands to gather dough into a smooth ball. Divide dough in half.

  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll one portion of dough at a time to about 1/8 inch thick. Using 2 1/2-inch tree-shape cutters, cut out dough. Place cutouts 1 inch apart on prepared cookie sheets.

  3. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until bottoms are golden. Cool on sheets 4 minutes; cool on wire rack.

  4. Spread bottoms of half the cookies with a generous layer of Lime Buttercream Filling. Top with remaining cookies. If desired, use remaining filling to decorate cookie tops. Makes 26.

Lime Buttercream Filling

In a large bowl beat 1/3 cup softened butter with a mixer on medium until smooth. Gradually add 2 cups powdered sugar, beating well. Slowly beat in 2 to 3 Tbsp. milk, 1 tsp. vanilla, and 1/2 tsp. grated lime zest. Gradually beat in an additional 2 cups powdered sugar. Beat in enough milk to reach spreading consistency. If you like, tint filling with green food coloring. Makes 2 cups.

To Store:

Layer unfrosted cookies between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

211 Calories
10g Fat
31g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 26
Calories 211
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Sodium 76mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Total Sugars 22g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 0.3mg 2%
Calcium 6mg 0%
Iron 0.5mg 3%
Potassium 17mg 0%
Folate, total 20.2mcg

*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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