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Lime Melting Moment Cookies


These Lime Melting Moment Cookies are a delicious twist on the old favourite and they truly do melt in your mouth.

Similar to shortbread, these pretty cookies must be watched carefully – they need to be removed from the oven when they are just cooked and before they brown.

Lime Melting Moment Cookie

Lime Melting Moment Cookies

INGREDIENTS
170g butter
40g icing sugar
2 limes, juice and finely grated zest
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
280g plain flour
2 tablespoons cornflour
¼ teaspoon flaky sea salt

LIME FILLING 
260g (2 cups) icing sugar
1 tablespoon butter, melted
2 limes, juice and freshly grated zest 


DIRECTIONS
Beat butter and icing sugar in an electric mixer until pale and fluffy. Add lime zest, juice, and vanilla. Mix until well combined.

Whisk together flour, cornflour and salt in a bowl. Gradually spoon into butter mixture on low speed until just combined.

Divide dough in half, placing each half on a separate sheet of baking paper and roll into a log. Wrap in plastic wrap and secure the ends. Refrigerate for at least one hour until cold and firm. 

Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease and line two baking trays with baking paper.

Remove dough from the baking paper and carefully cut it into thin slices, and arrange them on a baking tray. Bake for 13 minutes, or until golden. Transfer to wire racks to cool.

To make the filling, sift the icing sugar into a bowl and mix in the lime zest. Add butter and juice from limes. Then mix well to form a smooth icing, adding more lime juice as required.

Join in pairs with a generous spread of filling. Dust with icing sugar to serve.

NOTE: This is an easy recipe to double if necessary.

NZ LIMES

Limes are valued both for the acidity of their juice and the floral aroma of their zest. Our limes are the Bearss variety (also known as Tahitian or Persian), which are famed for their size and juiciness.

Bearss are in fact a hybrid of a lemon and a Key lime, hence the larger size and lower acidity (when compared to the very tart Key lime). They are the most widely cultivated and consumed lime in the world. Originally from Western Asia, they were first grown on a larger scale in Persia and southern Iraq.

Limes really pack a punch in the flavour stakes, and are a key ingredient in Mexican, Vietnamese and Thai dishes.

Limes are harvested when dark to pale green. A yellow lime signifies full maturity and maximum juice content.

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