Soft Iced Lime Cookies

Lime and sugar are a match made in flavor heaven! They fight it out amongst themselves in these soft, tender cookies.

But let’s face it, no matter who dominates, it’s a win-win situation all the way around!

The sharp bite of lime is followed by sweetness rushing in so neither one overwhelms. It’s a perfect balance with a melt-in-your mouth quality that is unforgettable.

The punchy lime in the cookie is furthered even more by the lime icing, a finishing touch that makes them perfect for an afternoon tea party or brunch.

A white chocolate icing would be delectable too!

The recipe is simple and easy, too easy. I highly recommend making a double batch as they don’t make a lot plus are small in size. Not to mention how utterly addicting they can be. Most will be eaten before the icing has time to set. Or if you’re a raw dough eater lover like me before they even have a chance to bake!

Soft Iced Lime Cookies


Soft Iced Lime Cookies

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Total Time: 38 minutes

Yield: 24 cookies

Soft Iced Lime Cookies

Soft, tart iced cookies that will melt in your mouth in a flurry of lime sweetness!


1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon lime zest
1 teaspoon fresh-squeezed lime juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour (like King Arthur)
3/4 - 1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 - 2 teaspoons lime juice
1 - 2 teaspoons milk or cream


  1. In a medium bowl on low speed mix butter, sugar, lime zest, juice and salt together. On low speed mix in the flour. Cover dough, and refrigerate for 1/2 - 1 hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Scoop teaspoonfuls of dough and roll into a ball with your hands, place on baking sheets, 1 1/2" apart.
  3. Bake the cookies 10-12 minutes, until set in middle and lightly brown around the edges. Cool on pan for 5 minutes, remove to wire rack and cool completely.
  4. Whisk glaze ingredients together in a small bowl starting with the smaller amounts first and adding more juice, milk or sugar until it reaches a consistency that is easy to spread. Dip tops of cookies into glaze or use a butter knife to spread over top.


Adapted from King Arthur Flour

Soft Iced Lime Cookies


  1. Karanmi says

    Oh my these sound so good. I love anything lime.  One of my favorites when it comes to citris. A must try for me.


  2. Sarah S says

    Did you add extra lime zest to the frosting?  The recipe doesn’t say to add it, but your picture shows zest both in the icing and on top of it.  Thanks!

    • Reeni says

      I did! So they would look pretty for pictures and show what they were made of. They will have enough lime in them if you left it out – but a little extra doesn’t hurt! I probably added about half a teaspoon of zest and another half sprinkled over top.

  3. Kim says

    First I wanted to say that your new look is great!

    Secondly, these cookies look soft and chewy and I just know that I would love them. 

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