Key Lime Stars

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck

Key Lime Stars deliver slightly tart flavor with each buttery bite.

Yield: Makes about 4 dozen
Total:
Recipe from Southern Living

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Recipe Time

Hands On: 30 Minutes
Total: 2 Hours, 40 Minutes


Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Key lime zest
  • 2 tablespoons Key lime juice
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Wax and parchment paper
  • 2 tablespoons white sanding sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest

Preparation

  1. 1. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating until smooth. Stir in 1 Tbsp. Key lime zest and juice until blended.
  2. 2. Stir together flour and next 2 ingredients. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating at low speed until blended.
  3. 3. Divide dough in half; flatten each into a disk. Roll each disk to 1/4-inch thickness between 2 sheets of wax paper. Transfer dough, in wax paper, to a baking sheet; chill 1 hour.
  4. 4. Preheat oven to 350°. Working with 1 portion of dough at a time, remove top wax paper; cut with a 2-inch star-shaped cutter, rerolling dough scraps once. Place 1 inch apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Stir together white sanding sugar and 1 Tbsp. lime zest. Sprinkle cookies with sugar mixture, pressing gently to adhere.
  5. 5. Bake at 350° for 14 to 16 minutes or until tips of stars just begin to brown. Cool on baking sheets 1 minute; transfer to wire racks. Cool completely. Store in airtight containers.
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