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Key Lime Cookies

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A while back the hubby and I were trying to decide on dessert for the evening. We kept going back and forth about what we wanted. Then our dear friends stopped by and voted for trying out a new cookie, Key Lime Cookies. I actually really liked them. I would have liked a touch more lime in mine, but everyone else liked them as they were so I guess go with the majority vote.

On a side note, let me tell you about these friends. Maihsmy (pronounced MY S MEE, Not My A** May which is how some pronounce it and it cracks me up every time) is from Costa Rica. She’s beautiful. As I’m sure you can imagine. She’s also incredibly giving, kind, patient and loud. 😉
She’s only lived here for about 8 years. I think. Anyway, she speaks fantastic English for being here such a short time, but there are still a few funny things that happen.

1. Tentatively. Maihs thought this had something to do with “ten” minutes. HILARIOUS!
2. Maihsmy sends awesome emails and texts. Many times they sound something like this, “She is a loca! Is ok though. I just not worrying about it! ;)” Awesome. I love that. Hello, how many of you could write in another language? It’s hard work! And, she does amazing!
3. If Maihsmy doesn’t know a word in English I hurry to think of a false definition. IE: Oh, you know, chillin’ it’s like when you are sitting around and you suddenly get cold. She pretty much always knows I’m messing with her, but it never gets old to me.

We adore the Boyles. They are truly great friends and we love Maihsmy and what a good, true, and hilarious friend she is. So grateful for them in our lives. I wish you could hear her cute accent. I try to imitate, but I sound Asian. Oh well.

How Long Will Cookies Keep?

Properly stored, freshly baked cookies will last for about 2 to 3 weeks at normal room temperature.

Crisp cookies should be kept in a container with a loosely fitting lid.

Soft cookies should be stored in an airtight container.

How Long Can You Freeze Cookies?

Stored correctly, most cookies will keep for 3 months in the freezer.

Cooled cookies should be placed on a baking sheet in the freezer for 1-2 hours.

Once cookies are frozen, transfer to heavy duty freezer bags.

Can You Use Regular Limes Instead of Key Limes?

Key limes are smaller and are more sour and a little bitter compared to regular limes.

You can use regular limes in place of key limes.

Key Lime Cookies

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Key Lime Cookies

4.15 from 28 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Total Time: 24 minutes
Servings: 24
These cookies have just the right amount of lime and the white chocolate makes them perfect!


  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter unsalted, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg large
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Limes zest
  • 2 Limes juice
  • 6 oz Baking Chips Vanilla, Choc-Au-Lait


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • In a bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until light.
  • Beat in the egg, lime juice and vanilla until smooth.
  • Slowly add flour mixture until combined.
  • Stir in the lime zest and white chocolate or vanilla chips.
  • Drop rounded spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Do not flatten cookies; it will make them dry.
  • Bake 8-9 min. or until golden brown around edges. Do not overcook! Cookies will be plump.
  • Cool for several minutes on cookie sheets before transferring to rack to cool completely


Store in an airtight container
Nutrition Facts
Key Lime Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 193 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 27mg9%
Sodium 159mg7%
Potassium 36mg1%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 252IU5%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 23mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • I love this recipe, thanks alot. ,I use Ghirardelli whit bars and bake 9 min and 10 min , high alttitude ,also made it with lemon instead and was awesome ,like lemon cake

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    • Thank you so much for the feedback Brad!

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  • I made these today…they are very yummy! Really the flavor is great. But, they spread and were too cakey. Did not look like the picture at all. I did not add too much flour, or overmix; I experimented with oven temperature and refrigerating the dough and the texture was still off. Thank you for the recipe though, I like to try new things 😉

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    • Oh darnit! We’ve made them a ton and they always turn out. What fat did you use, butter, margarine or shortening?

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      • I used unsalted butter. Seems like when I stray from my tried-and-true recipes, I get cakey cookies. Happened with the cookie recipe on the back of the Imperial margarine box too when I needed sweets in a hurry. Luckily my kids are not picky like their mama 😉

      • shoot, I’m so sorry. I would just recommend creaming the butter and sugar longer, or use a little less lime juice as maybe I’m heavier handed with the flour. We actually love to skip lime in this recipe and use chocolate chips. It’s delicious!

  • can I ask you all something without appearing to be rude in any way ?
    you all are saying .. you love or can’t buy “key limes” … that’s leaving me confused …
    I always thought that “key lime” meant kiwi and lime … but I see the recipe doesn’t call for kiwi …

    so, what exactly IS key lime ?
    and someone mentioned the “bottled stuff” … bottled lime juice or something else ??
    please someone let me know, these cookies look and sound amazing !!

    thank you !!!

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    • Hey Laura,
      Key limes are like little baby limes in size. They taste a little bit different from a normal lime, but not enough to really tell a difference. Since they are mostly in Florida and that area they are hard to find out west, but in the juice isle, by lemon juice they often have bottled key lime juice so I use that or normal limes.

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  • Come share this wonderful recipe! I would love for you to share and link up at my weekly TGIF Link Party if you haven’t already this week. Your favorite posts, most popular, recent or new! The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday’s at midnight. Followed by (Not SO) Wordless Wednesday! http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/.

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    Hugs, Cathy

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  • I want to make these cookies and am wondering if you used actual key limes (as implied in the title), or regular limes (as implied in the ingredients list). Of course if you have ever worked with key limes, you know there is a big difference between the flavor and size of the two. Thanks!

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    • Hi sarah, I have such a hard time getting Key Limes here in Utah. They are either sold out or not sold at all. I had to use limes a few times to perfect this recipe, after the first time using key limes. So annoying, but since the recipe turned out so yummy I just put the limes. That first batch was awesome with key limes though. I wish I could get my hands on freshies, but maybe next time I’ll see how the bottled stuff goes.

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      • I think that Sarah was trying to find out — as I am — about the quantity of lime juice and zest to use in the recipe. Key limes will obviously yield a lot less juice and zest than regular limes — and boy are they a pain to juice! I am fortunate that not only do I live in Florida, I have a key lime tree in my back yard! Since I’m making these cookies now and don’t have time to wait for a reply, I’m going to use 6 key limes instead of 2. Thanks for the recipe — I’ll let you know how they turn out!

      • Update — the cookies turned out great! My boyfriend loved them. However, next time I think I’ll use a bit more key lime juice.

      • Thanks Rosemarie! I love when people take the time to come back with updates. We’ve found that the zest can help pull more flavor without changing the texture so maybe we will try it now with more zest!

      • Oh, you are so lucky! Key limes are so hard to find around here that anything using lime is called key lime just because we can’t get it. I’ll get experimenting though

  • I love anything lime flavored- these cookies look so good! With a tall glass of iced tea, they'd hit the spot. 🙂

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  • These sound just yummy. I love Key Limes and most of the time, except right now we have them around the house. Also congrats on your Knorr Spokesmanship! Joni

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