Georgetown Lime Cookies

Adapted from The Joy of Cookies by Sharon Tyler Herbst. New York: Barron’s Educational Series, Inc., 1987.

These cookies are a favorite in our house. Crispy and flavored with lime, nutmeg and cinnamon. Yummy.

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
finely grated zest of 2 limes
3 Tbsp. lime juice
1/3 cup sugar mixed with 1/4 tsp. each of nutmeg and cinnamon for topping.

Preheat oven to 350℉. Grease 3-4 large baking pans.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and spices.

In a large mixing bowl, beat butter, sugar and lime zest until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in lime juice. Stir in flour mixture, 1/2 cup at a time.

Place sugar-spice mixture in a small bowl.

Roll rounded spoonfuls of dough into 1-inch balls. Roll the balls in the sugar-spice mixture. Arrange 1 inch apart on baking sheets. Use a decorative cookie stamp or bottom of a glass to flatten balls. (I use a meat tenderizer)

Bake 13-16 minutes, until deep golden brown on the bottom. Cool on racks. Store in an airtight container at room temp. for 1 week. May be frozen for longer storage.

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