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Lime Cornmeal Cookies

finished product

I think that this blog has documented I have a thing for limes. Sweet or savory dishes taste great with the addition of lime. A few summers back I was looking for something to bring to our annual 4th of July barbeque. On the Martha Stewart website I came across these cookies.

lime and cornmeal
The cornmeal gives a crunch to these light cookies. It seems wrong to call cookies with two sticks of butter in them light, but they are. Light, crunch and tangy. The tart lime glaze tops these cookies off to perfection. This glaze would be great over a pound cake.

These take a bit of work but you will be rewarded when your friends fall in love with this cookies.

Lime Cornmeal Cookies
by Martha Stewart
Makes about 2 dozen.

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

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Add egg; beat until just blended. Add citrus zests, lime juice, and almond extract.
lime zest

With the mixer on low speed, add flour and cornmeal. Continue beating until well blended. Transfer dough to a piece of plastic wrap. Shape the dough into a disk, wrap, and chill until firm, about 1 hour.

dough

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with Silpats or parchment paper. Fill a small bowl with cornmeal. Using a 1 1/4-inch ice-cream scoop, form balls from chilled dough. Place balls on prepared sheets, spaced about 3 inches apart. Dip bottom of a medium drinking glass into cornmeal. Flatten balls with the bottom of glass until dough is about 1/4 inch thick.

cookies on sheet

Bake cookies until crisp and light-golden brown around the edges, 14 to 16 minutes. Transfer baking sheets to a wire rack, and let the cookies cool completely.

Place a wire rack on top of a piece of parchment paper. Pour the lime glaze over the cooled cookies, allowing the excess to drip off the edges. Let glaze set. Store cookies in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

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