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Key Lime Clove Meltaways recipe

Key Lime Clove Meltaways.

These tender Key lime-flavored butter cookies,laced with a hint of clove, will simply melt in you mouth.

Recipe: Key Lime Clove Meltaways

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup confectioners’ sugar – divided use
1 1/2 tablespoons lime zest, freshly grated (from about 4 Keyor 2 regular limes)*
2 tablespoons Key lime juice
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups, plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt

  • In a mixing bowl, combine butter and 1/3cup of confectioners’ sugar until light and fluffy. Addlime zest, lime juice and vanilla; beat until incorporated.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together flour,cloves, cornstarch and salt. Add dry ingredients to the buttermixture, and mix until well combined. Divide dough in half andplace each on a piece of wax paper. Shape into two 1-inch logs,using the paper to shape and seal the logs. Chill at least 1hour or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • Remove one log from refrigerator at atime, remove paper, and slice dough into 1/8-inch-thick rounds.Place 1 inch apart on cool, parchment-lined baking sheets. Bakeuntil bottoms are barely golden, about 15 minutes.
  • Transfer cookies to a cooling rack tocool slightly, 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Measure 2/3 cup confectioners’ sugarinto a resealable, gallon-size plastic bag. While the cookiesare still warm, carefully place a few at a time in the bag, gentlytoss to coat, and place on rack to cool completely. Coat againbefore serving as necessary.
  • Store cookies in an airtight containerfor up to two weeks.

    Makes about 4 dozen.

    *Zest using the smallest side of a boxgrater or cheese grater or a micro plane.

    Note: Any lime may be substituted for Keylimes if they are not available in your area.

    Recipe and photograph provided courtesyof Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Inc.

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