Friday, February 18, 2011

Giant Lemon-Lime Sugar Cookies

Today it is pouring rain which is a good reason to get into the kitchen and bake!  I love the rain, and I love these cookies!  I found the recipe for them on Mary's fantastic food blog, One Perfect Bite,  which originally calls for lemon only, but I didn't have any lemons.  I did have a slew of limes though, and some lemon extract, hence the lemon-lime cookies:)
Can you see the little specks of lime zest? These cookies introduce a little bit of sunshine to your taste buds, right in the middle of winter:) The outer edges of the cookies are crispy, but the rest of it is chewy with a mix of citrus and sugar...soooo good! I dare you to eat just one!

Giant Lemon-Lime Sugar Cookies (adapted from One Perfect Bite)

Ingredients:
2 cups sugar, divided use
Zest of 4 small limes, divided use
1 cup butter, softened
2 large eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoons lemon extract
1 tablespoon lime juice
2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda

Directions:

1) To make lime sugar: Combine 1/2 cup sugar with 1 teaspoon lime zest in the bowl of a mini-food processor. Pulse until lime zest is incorporated into sugar. Pour into a small bowl and stir to break up any clumps. Set aside.
2) To make cookie dough: Combine flour, salt, cream of tartar and baking soda in a medium bowl. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter with reserved 1-1/2 cups sugar. Blend in eggs, one at a time. Add lemon extract, lime juice and reserved lime zest. Add flour mixture, one cup at a time, blending well after each addition, until all flour is incorporated.
Refrigerate dough for at least 1 hour.
3) To bake cookies: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Shape dough into balls using 2 tablespoons of dough for each cookie. Roll in reserved lime sugar. Bake in batches of six cookies per 18 x 13-inch baking sheets. Place balls of sugar coated dough on cookie sheets. Press down with the bottom of a glass or measuring cup until cookie is about 1/2-inch thick. Bake cookies for 12-14 minutes. Remove tray from oven. Let cookie sit on tray for 5 minutes before transferring to cooling rack. Yield: 24 saucer-sized cookies.

ENJOY!

Tidy Mom I'm Lovin It Fridays








46 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness Sue, these are so big and so lovely! What a lovely addition to any cookie jar this time of year, or any time of year for that matter. Thanks for posting the recipe.

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  2. Thanks for sharing the recipe.. They sound really good, I may have to try this one for sure.

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  3. These cookies look fantastic! I love big giant sugar cookies!

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  4. I think I am in love :) These cookies sound delicious but they look so pretty too!! I am going to try these out, thanks for sharing :)

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  5. I love sugar cookies and I bet the hint of citrus makes them extra yummy.

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  6. I'm a huge citrus fan so these are definitely going on my To Bake list!

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  7. Just stopping by from sweets for saturday.

    These cookies look wonderful. and easy. That's my kind of sugar cookies- I love the idea of the lime zest too.

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  8. The tiny bits of lime zest are very attractive and appetizing :) I love baked goods with lemon or any other citrus zest and/or juice - it really does remind me summer :) Nice photos :)

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  9. it looks delicious. i bet the taste and texture are so good. i am really interested. :)

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  10. Ahh yes the rain in Cali. It brings out the baker in me too! I made my Blueberry Coffee Cake again and am enjoying it now with my coffee. I think hubby would love these lemony cookies! He likes his treats to be tart and sweet. He's not a big fan of rich or chocolaty. I think there is another storm moving through after this one, so I'll have to surprise him with these. =)

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  11. I haven't baked cookies for long...those cookies look so good!

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  12. Wow, those look perfect! Isn't citrus zest wonderful? I bet these are to die for!

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  13. YUMM! Those cookies look so good! I need to buy a zester, but once i do these are first on my list!

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  14. Oh dear, Sue! I love anything that with citrus! This looks so wonderfully refreshing! Great looking recipe!

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  15. I love the specs of lime zest, they look really delicious.

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  16. I love lemon cookies. Adding lime is a fabulous idea!

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  17. Mmmm yes, when it comes to cookies I do like them giant and with the zesty flavor of lemon and lime!

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  18. I would love these as either lemon or lime. Mary's blog is great, isn't it?

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  19. I can use a bit of sunshine on my tastebuds now! and Your pictures are so pretty!

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  20. What a BRILLIANT idea. :) Will be attempting these gluten free in the near future!

    Wanted to invite you to share this recipe (and others!) And my weekly event titled Seasonal Sundays! As these cookies fit the theme to a T!

    Hope you have a wonderful week! :)
    -Brittany-

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  21. Sue..these look phenomenally sweet, tart and chewy. I have so many of your goodies bookmarked, but yet to get to them. I think I may start with these, they're just too perfectly citrus to resist. After being sick, need tart and fruity for some reason :)

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  22. Those cookies are making my mouth water! Just a quick question..if you don't have cream of tartar, what can you substitute for it if you can't get it?

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  23. Those look fabulous! I'm going to have to make some really, really soon. I can't resist a sweet treat with lemon *and* lime in it :)

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  24. You're one of the winners! I sent it to the email listed on your blog. If it doesn't come through or that email isn't current just let me know.

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  25. Those are gorgeous!!! And I KNOW delicious! Great job!

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  26. Anonymous, There was no way to reach you, so I'll answer you here:) I looked on the internet to find the best answer I could because I didn't really know the answer myself regarding a cream of tartar substitution. I found it here: answers.yahoo.com:
    When cream of tartar is used in a recipe with baking soda, it works like a double-acting baking powder. If cream of tartar is not available, substitute baking powder for both the baking soda and cream of tartar called for in the recipe. Use 1 teaspoon baking powder for every 1/4 teaspoon baking soda plus 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar.
    I hope this helps, Sue

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  27. these are great! lemon sugar, yummm! glad to have found your blog!
    -meg
    @ http://www.clutzycooking.blogspot.com
    @ http://www.myscribblednotebook.blogspot.com

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  28. We would just love these cookies, they look delicious. Thank you for sharing and have a nice day!

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  29. I love how citrusy these sound. Usually I can never find a recipe that's lemony/limey enough for me, but these sound like the perfect flavor packed cookie. Thanks for linking these up.

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  30. I see the little flecks, how nice..I bet they pep up your tastebuds.

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  31. Love these tangy tasty cookies with the tiny flecks of greens in them.

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  32. Sue the cookies look lovely ... I'll bet they tasted amazing too!!!

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  33. Yum! These look great...I love the citrus flavors!

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  34. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I hope you enjoy the muffins! Your blog is beautiful. I've been enjoying perusing and the lemon/lime cookies look delicious. I'm a big lemon fan so I need to try these!

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  35. Crispy, chewy, buttery with a citrus zest could you make them sound any better.

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  36. Sue, you always amaze me! I love your cookies and your cute little munchkins!

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  37. This is citrus at it's finest!!!! MMM

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  38. Yummie, your cookies look delicious, I can even see the lemon zest...so pretty :-) By the way, I love Mary's blog!

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  39. Thank you so much Sue! I am going to try these cookies this weekend:)Yeah sorry about the anonymous thing..I have a blog that I do not update regularly enough to remember the URL to...but my name is Anastasia and I live in Dubai...hence the whole sometimes no cream of tartar thing:) So excitied about sharing this zesty treat with my family:)

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  40. Love Mary. She's unstoppable! I wish I had half her energy.

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  41. This was so nice of you :-). I'm so glad you liked the cookies. I really appreciated the link. I love the lime twist you've given the cookies. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  42. Sue, I made the cookies, thank you so much for the cream of tartar substitute...and in fact when I went to get the ingredients, we didn't have limes or a lot of lemons, but for whatever reason we had a lot of oranges...so I used fresh orange juice and orange zest and they turned out superb! Thank you for the great recipe!

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  43. Gorgeous sugar cookies. I'm really into baking with citrus these days. These look like something I need to try soon:)

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  44. These sound wonderful! And, I love your pictures.

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