Basic thumbprint cookie. Very pretty, easy, and somewhat different flavor. Lovely on a tray with other Christmas cookies. These do not keep well, but neither do they last long. I frequently double this recipe, or else they are gone before I have them all baked.

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
12 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
1 hr 12 mins
Servings:
36
Yield:
3 dozen cookies
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Ingredients

36
Original recipe yields 36 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place 1/3 cup of sugar, the lime juice, lime zest, and 1 egg in a saucepan over low heat, and whisk constantly until the mixture almost reaches a simmer and begins to thicken. Remove the mixture from the heat, and tint to your desired shade of green with food coloring. Set the filling aside to cool.

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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

  • In a bowl, cream the butter with 1/4 cup of sugar, then stir in 1 egg and vanilla extract. Mix in the flour and salt until the dough is smooth. Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Arrange on an ungreased baking sheet, placing the balls about 2 inches apart. Use your thumb to make an indentation in the center of each dough ball. Spoon about 3/4 teaspoon of the lime filling into each.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until the cookies are set but not browned, 12 to 15 minutes. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 1 minute before removing to finish cooling on wire racks. When cookies are cool, sprinkle lightly with confectioners' sugar.

Nutrition Facts

52 calories; protein 0.9g; carbohydrates 7.6g; fat 2g; cholesterol 14.9mg; sodium 32.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (13)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
12/23/2011
The filling for this cookie is delicous. I will bake them again. But I must mention this recipe does not make 36 cookies, you get about 16 if you follow the directions. I recommend you double the cookie dough and keep the filling the same amount as stated. It turns out just right. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
02/17/2012
The filling was tasty but the cookie dough came out hard and tasteless. I had to add water to the dough to keep it from crumbling. I would probably not make these again. Read More
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16 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
12/23/2011
The filling for this cookie is delicous. I will bake them again. But I must mention this recipe does not make 36 cookies, you get about 16 if you follow the directions. I recommend you double the cookie dough and keep the filling the same amount as stated. It turns out just right. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2012
Loved this recipe!! i agree it makes about 12-16 cookie but they are delicious i added more lime just because my husband and i love lime! deff easy try them!!:) thank you Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/12/2012
These are tasty and very pretty little cookies. I stress "little" because I believe their is a mistake in this recipe. It instructs the baker to use 2 TBSP of dough for each cookie. Those would be huge cookies and come nowhere near the 36 servings indicated as other reviewers have mentioned. 2 tsp. is more like it. This amount of dough made 30 cookies and each was filled nicely with the filling. I half expected the filling to spill over when baked but it didn't. I did use just one drop of food coloring and the color was just right. I am a little puzzled about the name of these as there is really nothing creamy about them. These would be a nice green dessert for St. Patrick's Day especially with a bit of green color added to the dough. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
02/17/2012
The filling was tasty but the cookie dough came out hard and tasteless. I had to add water to the dough to keep it from crumbling. I would probably not make these again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/24/2012
Had some leftover limes and went looking for recipes. I'm not much of a cookie lover but the idea of lime cookies intrigued me. These really pleased me. Tasty dough the lime taste is a good counterpoint they're pretty and best of all fast. Thanks Terre! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/21/2015
Citrus was nice with shortbread. I whipped the butter and sugar for 4 minutes till it was fluffy. The shortbread melted in my mouth and wasn't too sweet. Decided to double the zest in the filling and wished I had used zest in the cookie dough as well but...next time for more of a lime punch. Used Wilton's Christmas Green food coloring but only touched 1/2 an inch of a toothpick to the coloring with no scooping action. That was all that was needed for me to get a lime-ish green. It was a nice color before adding the food coloring with the specks of zest so it could be omitted completely. The filling is sweet enough. Great with coffee and tea. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/10/2013
Loved these cookies for my Christmas Cookie Tray! They are different and I love that these are a little bit tart so they balance out the other sweet cookies on my tray. I have not had any trouble with these keeping since I always freeze whatever cookies I'm not going to eat right away. I would recommend doubling the recipe as I get about 16 cookies if I do not double and these are always a hit with my family! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/17/2013
These are thumbprint cookies. As in bite size. I have never found them to be dry however I always use real butter and am careful when i sift and measure the flour. And i too add a drop of green food coloring to the filling. Read More
(1)
Rating: 3 stars
02/07/2014
It's good but. The recipe does not make 36 for me I got 22. I would add 1/4 cp. more sugar and double the recipe. I also used 1 stick butter not 1/3 cp. Squeeze an entire lime. Read More