St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, and you can bet that everyone will be adorning their green in fear of getting pinched. If you do not have anything in your closet that will fit the bill, then just carry around one of these delicious key lime cookies. Eating one of these cookies is like eating a slice of key lime pie in the form of a cookie.
Soft, tender…and green–these cookies will be a hit at your St. Patrick’s Day gathering. It was hard to keep my daughter from licking the bowl, but I was able to manage 2 dozen cookies from this batch. We always try to make it to the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Baton Rouge since my husband’s aunt and uncle live right on the parade route, but this parade pales in comparison to Mardi Gras, so to me, it is always a bit lack luster.
The good news is that you can usually score quite a bit of loot, and it always makes for a great time full of free family fun!
Here is what you will need to re-create these key lime cookies:
8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1 stick, 8 Tbsp or 1/2 cup of unsalted butter
1-1/4 cup of white granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp of pure vanilla extract
3 oz of lime flavored Jello gelatin
2 Tbsp of lime juice
2-1/2 cups of all purpose flour
2 tsp of baking powder
1/2 tsp of salt (optional)
Powdered sugar and green sugar for dusting
Tip: Make sure that you are using a non-stick cookie sheet pan or a Silpat to bake your cookies. I personally use the Silpat, and I find that it helps bake the cookies evenly without the stress of them sticking to your pan.
- 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 stick, 8 Tbsp or ½ cup of unsalted butter
- 1-1/4 cup of white granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp of pure vanilla extract
- 3 oz of lime flavored gelatin
- 2 Tbsp of lime juice
- 2-1/2 cups of all purpose flour
- 2 tsp of baking powder
- ½ tsp of salt (optional)
- Powdered sugar and green sugar for dusting
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Using a stand mixer, beat cream cheese and butter together until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
- Add eggs, vanilla, sugar, gelatin and lime juice. Mix for another minute until incorporated.
- Turn off the mixer and scrape the sides of the bowl.
- Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl. Slowly add this mixture to your cookie dough being careful not to over mix.
- Spoon heaping tablespoons of cookie dough onto a non-stick cookie sheet or Silpat.
- Bake in preheated oven for 11-13 minutes or until the bottoms are lightly brown. Do not over cook.
- Allow the cookies to cool for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
- Lightly dust with powdered sugar, green sugar or both! This step is optional, but it does make for a prettier cookie.
If you prefer strawberry flavor over lime flavor, you might like these white chocolate strawberry cheesecake cookies instead. I usually bake these around Valentine’s Day due to their festive pink color, but they are the perfect treat for your family or students any time of year.