From The Vaults: Lime Glazed Cornmeal Cookies

Recently while digging through my cookie archives, I rediscovered this hidden gem! When I first made and posted this recipe 2008, I claimed I was going to make it every year after. But I didn’t. And then that which should not be forgotten was lost. (Do you like my Lord of the Rings quote?) Anyhow, I’m excited about this find. I AM going to make these again this year, and so should you!

Lime Glazed Cornmeal Cookies

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 teaspoons freshly grated lime zest plus 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (about 6 limes total)
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest (2 medium oranges)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal, plus more for coating glass

Lime Glaze

  • 3 c. confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 c. fresh lime juice (6-8 limes)
  • 2 1/2 tsp. lime zest

Using a mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg mixing into creamed butter. Add citrus zests, lime juice, and almond extract. Mix until blended.

Mix together flour and cornmeal and slowly add to your batter while mixing, continue until well blended. Wrap dough in plastic and chill for 1 hour.

Remove dough from the refrigerator. Roll dough into 1″ balls. In a bowl, mix 3 parts cornmeal to 1 part sugar. Roll balls in cornmeal and sugar and lay out on a tray lined with parchment or a silicon mat a couple inches apart.

Using a glass press cookies into thin disks. Dip glass in cornmeal before pressing each cookie. Press and turn cookie to get it to release. Dip glass in milk on first press to get cornmeal to stick. Bake at 350 for 8 to 12 minutes or until cookies are light golden around the edges. Remove cookies from oven and place cookies on a wire rack to cool.

Mix lime glaze: mix conf. sugar with zest and add juice.  Stir until a nice smooth glaze forms.  Line surface under wire racks with newspaper. Spoon about a teaspoon of glaze on each cookie and place cookie back on wire rack to dry. Before glaze is hard, zest a lime above cookies so zest hardens into glaze. Store in a sealed container.

These cookies have a caramelized crispy texture and the sweet of the glaze contrasting with the tart citrus flavors is so wonderful, I could eat these all day!

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