All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion and desire- Aristotle
You do understand that I had to do this, don't you? The 7 day-7 recipe marathon that a lot of us have signed up for, check Nupur's blog to check about rest of the players. This year, just like the last, I am making a bunch of cookies for friends. Lime meltaways as Martha Stewart calls them are the first of the lot. They have the very refreshing, very familiar citrus flavor and they were so delicate that I decided not to ship them.
- 12 tbsp (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature (I did half butter and half crisco vegetable shortening)
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- Grated zest of 2 limes
- 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 3/4 cups plus 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 2 tbsp cornstarch
- 1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
- 1 tsp ginger powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
Cream butter and 1/3 cup sugar until fluffy. Add lime zest, juice, and vanilla; beat until fluffy.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, and salt. Add to butter mixture, and beat on low speed until combined.
Roll dough into two 1 1/4-inch-diameter logs. Chill at least 1 hour in parchment paper.
Heat oven to 350F. Line two baking sheets with parchment. Place remaining 2/3 cup sugar in a resealable plastic bag. Remove parchment from logs; slice dough into 1/8-inch-thick rounds. Place rounds on baking sheets, spaced 1 inch apart.
Bake cookies until barely golden, about 15 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool slightly, 8 to 10 minutes. While still warm, place cookies in the sugar-filled bag; toss to coat.