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Guyanese Lime Cookies

Valerie Shumway-Khan

"They're a basic butter cookie, with a punch of lime flavor. My hubby is originally from Guyana, and these cookies remind him of home. I prefer to freshly grind the nutmeg from the whole-nut each time I use, but it's not necessary."
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1 h 33 m servings 67 cals
Original recipe yields 48 servings (4 dozen)


  • Calories:
  • 67 kcal
  • 3%
  • Fat:
  • 2.9 g
  • 5%
  • Carbs:
  • 9.7g
  • 3%
  • Protein:
  • 0.6 g
  • 1%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 8 mg
  • 3%
  • Sodium:
  • 55 mg
  • 2%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 2 large baking sheets. Stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in a bowl; set aside. Stir together 1/3 cup sugar, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon in a separate bowl and set aside.
  2. Cream together the butter, 1 cup sugar, and lime zest in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the lime juice, then the flour mixture 1/2 cup at a time. Form the dough into walnut-sized balls, and roll in the spiced sugar mixture. Arrange onto prepared baking sheets 1 inch apart. Flatten the balls slightly using a decorative cookie stamp or the bottom of a glass.
  3. Bake the cookies in the preheated oven until the edges of the cookies turn golden brown, 13 to 16 minutes. Cool the cookies on wire racks, then store in an airtight container up to 1 week.

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Outstanding, refreshing and uniquely flavored cookie, unlike anything I've ever had before. You can taste both the lime and the nutmeg (a spice I generally don't care for) yet the two combine a...

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This cookie was good but not "wow!" When it first came out of the oven it was great, but after a few hours, the taste dulled a little. I would suggest those who want a softer cookie to make the...

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Outstanding, refreshing and uniquely flavored cookie, unlike anything I've ever had before. You can taste both the lime and the nutmeg (a spice I generally don't care for) yet the two combine a...

OMG! What a delicious little cookie- light, crispy, buttery, slightly spiced, and sweet with a nice touch of lime! It's almost like a shortbread cookie, but not quite. I love the pairing of li...

I LOVE the flavor of these. The picture that was posted made the cookies look chewy - and they are not. They are a super-crisp butter cookie. When I make these again I'll add an egg and see if I...

One of the most interesting cookies I've ever tasted. Starts out in your mouth like a regular butter cookie, but after a few seconds, the lime really cuts through. I read comments saying that th...

Wow, these are great!!! I don't usually try unrated recipes, but I love lime so I had to give these a whirl. They're like a cross between snicker doodles and lemon coolers. My only caution is ...

These are SO GOOD. I made a few batches with the sugar coating on top, and then got lazy and made some without. Let me tell you, the sugar on top is what really made them go from good to fantast...

These are really tasty cookies. I usually use my little zester that has five holes on the end to zest my lemons or limes, but for this one I used my microplaner. That's the best way to get the...

Oh these are delicious. It has too be my favorite cookie recipe so far. I omitted the Lime zest (as I don't like it) and followed the rest of the recipe exactly. I made 24 small cookies, not ...

Amazing. Mine were a bit crumbly so I may try adding an egg next time, but wow these are just amazing.