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Lime Meltaways from ''The Martha Stewart Show''

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The recipe for these delicious lime meltaways made on "The Martha Stewart Show" is from "Martha Stewart's Cookies."

  • Yield: Makes about 3 dozen

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December/January 1998/1999

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • Finely grated zest of 2 limes
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt

Directions

  1. Put butter and 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, and mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy. Add lime zest and juice and vanilla, and mix until fluffy.

  2. Whisk together flour, cornstarch, and salt in a bowl. Add to butter mixture, and mix on low speed until just combined.

  3. Divide dough in half. Place each half on an 8-by-12-inch sheet of parchment paper. Roll in parchment to form a log 1 1/4 inches in diameter, pressing a ruler along edge of parchment at each turn to narrow log. Refrigerate logs until cold and firm, at least 1 hour.

  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove parchment from logs; cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds. Space rounds 1 inch apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake cookies until barely golden, about 13 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool slightly, 8 to 10 minutes. While still warm, toss cookies with remaining 2/3 cup sugar in a resealable plastic bag. Cookies can be stored in airtight containers at room temperature up to 2 weeks.

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  • untroddenroots
    3 JUN, 2016
    Made these cookies! Pretty good but have a few suggestions. Check out my blog, Untrodden Roots, to see what I did! Go to untroddenroots.com
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  • MS11721659
    18 MAR, 2015
    no matter what, I HAVE to make these for my cookie selections every Christmas! They are, by far, the one cookie everyone loves. Similar to a famous potato chip, you can't eat just one. I make my dough one day, refrigerate in the parchment and put in jumbo locking storage bags to refrigerate. The next day I bake them all. I usually make up to 6 recipes from post Thanksgiving until New Years Eve!
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  • rozinasara
    28 MAY, 2013
    Delicious, even on the first try! Literally melt in your mouth. However, make sure to bake them fully or else the cookies will break into pieces when you're coating them with the powdered sugar in the ziplock bag!
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  • lliillaa
    26 MAY, 2013
    I've made these several times over the years and they are fabulous! I almost always use key limes instead of regular limes because I love that flavor. I have also substituted Meyer Lemons and its amazing as well! I'll bet grapefruit would be good... I'll have to try that next time!
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  • bibliobethica
    30 MAR, 2013
    I've made these every Easter since I got the Martha Stewart Cookies book. I've always doubled and put the dough in a log like directed. However this year, I put the dough in the fridge for 40 minutes, rolled it out and cut it with a 1.5' round cookie cutter. These are the shaped lime melt-a-ways I've ever made. I don't adjust ingredients at all other than I don't measure the lime zest - I probably use more than 2 t.
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  • Kristine K
    21 DEC, 2012
    I doubled this recipe and added flake coconut and coconut extract and double the salt. Results... Margarita Meltaways. I haven't baked them yet, I'll let you know.
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  • Mom24_4evermom
    16 JUL, 2012
    I absolutely love this recipe! Next time I will double them, they're going to disappear quickly, I'm sure. Perfect for the heat wave we've been experiencing this summer. Lovely size, lovely texture, lovely taste. They appeal to adults as well as kids. Highly recommend!
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  • Mom24_4evermom
    16 JUL, 2012
    I absolutely love this recipe! Next time I will double them, they're going to disappear quickly, I'm sure. Perfect for the heat wave we've been experiencing this summer. Lovely size, lovely texture, lovely taste. They appeal to adults as well as kids. Highly recommend!
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  • Aunt_Jo
    30 JUN, 2012
    This looks easy, fun and yummy. I like a light cookie for summer sometimes and this fits the bill nicely.
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  • Biscoito
    8 MAY, 2012
    These are the best meltaway cookies I've ever had! But did you all really put a Tablespoon of vanilla in them? I figured it was a typo so I put in 1 teaspoon. Also, I waited until they were cool before coating with powdered sugar. I like someone's idea of adding sour cream - I'll try that the next time. This recipe is a keeper!
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