Lime Cooler Cookies is a variation on one of our old-time family favorite cookie recipes here at the ranch. Every Christmas someone in the family will make Snowball Cookies, which are also called Mexican Wedding Cookies. Rich with butter, they melt in your mouth! Lime Cooler Cookies are the exact same cookie as Snowball Cookies, but with lime flavoring for a wonderfully cool flavor!
Lime Cooler Cookies are a New Favorite!
Ever since I tried the lime-flavored variation of Snowball Cookies, I have been obsessed! And that was years ago! I hadn’t been able to find the right ingredient to give the Lime Cooler Cookies that chilly, melting flavor I was looking for.
One recipe that I research suggested dehydrated lime juice crystals which are used for iced tea. You can find them near the sugar packets at the grocery store. The problem with lime juice crystals is that the crystals are quite large and the lime flavor hits your tongue with an overwhelming sourness. I needed an ingredient that was more delicate, and finally I found it!
Lime juice powder is very different than dehydrated lime juice crystals. The lime juice powder is very fine and mixes very well with powdered sugar. I tried a tiny amount of it in my recipe at first, thinking that the flavor would be incredibly sour. I was pleasantly surprised by the subtleness of lime juice powder. It turned out the be the missing link in my quest for the perfect Lime Cooler Cookie!
Excellent any time of year!
Also, you can use all butter for this recipe if you like. Simply use 1 cup of butter instead of equal portions of butter and shortening. All butter cookies have a tendency to make flatter cookies, so I went with a shortening blend to get a rounder, more snowball looking cookie. I prefer all butter cookies, but occasionally I will use an ingredient for appearances!
Try Lime Cooler Cookies the next time you are in the mood to share cookies. They are a great cookie for any season, from Easter to Mother’s Day on through Christmas.Print
Lime Cooler Cookies
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 40 cookies 1x
1 stick butter, softened (4oz/115g)
1/2 cup vegetable shortening (4oz/115g)
¼ cup powdered sugar (32g)
2 tsp. vanilla extract (10ml)
2 cups cake flour (250g)
1 cup pecans, chopped (115g)
1 tbsp. lime juice powder
1/2 cup powdered sugar (62g)
Heat your oven to 400°F (204°C).
Place the butter, vegetable shortening, powdered sugar and vanilla in a large bowl and cream together using a hand mixer. Stir in the flour and pecans. Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, sift together the topping mixture of powdered lime juice powder and powdered sugar. Stir to combine well and then sift again. Set aside.
Divide the dough into ½ oz (14g) pieces and roll into balls. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the baking sheet and place on a cooling rack. Place a clean baking pan under the cooling rack to catch the crumbs and powdered sugar. Using a mesh sifter, sift the powdered sugar mixture over the top of the warm cookies and allow to cool completely.
Once the cookies are completely cool you can roll them again in powdered sugar for an extra thick coating. Simply roll in the powdered sugar that has collected in the pan underneath the cooling rack. Store in an airtight container.