My head is in a sugar fog. This is the second year in a row, I’ve participated in the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap! Food bloggers from all over the world are matched up with other bloggers to raise money for pediatric cancer research. Our sponsors: OXO, Dixie Crystals, and Land O’ Lakes will match dollar for dollar what is raised by this grand carb-o-tarian effort, so if you can, please donate!
Here’s how it works:
Not only am I making and sending these little bites of Florida Sunshine to my fellow baker-buds — I’m also on the receiving end of their cookie wizardry!
To help us in our philanthropic endeavor, OXO sent us some absolutely adorable and very functional liquid measuring cups in a rainbow of colors. From the one cup measure, right down to a teaspoon. So freakin’ cute.
And Dixie Crystals knows it takes more than sugar to bake a perfect cookie! Their contribution to this project (aside from sugar) was a baking silpat, to keep my crispy critters from sticking to the pan.
Finally, the cookie recipe I used came straight from the Land O’ Lakes website! (The sprinkles were my idea!) Thanks to the sponsors for all the goodies and support!
My cookies were being sent to California and Louisiana and I thought it would be fun to send something that screams “Florida” – Key Lime Sparkle Cookies. I baked, iced and sprinkled, then shipped off my sweet treats in little holiday tins to the uber-talented Aimee, Allison and Rebecca! Their names are highlighted so you can check out their beautiful and mouth-watering blogs.
Sent to me:
From Jess at The PinterTest Kitchen — Apple Cider Caramel Cookies – an apple cider flavored cookie wrapped around a caramel. They came with instructions to pop them in the microwave for a few seconds to enjoy warm and gooey! SHUT UP!
From Lisa at The Clutter Cafe — Tart Little Lemon Wreaths are embellished with gold stars! Very festive and gobble-worthy!
And from Teresa at Food On Fifth — Chocolate Chia Pistachio Tea Cookies, dotted with nuts and finished with a shimmer of sparkling sugar. Refined, delicious-ness!
You can get the recipes by clicking on their websites. Speaking of, here’s the recipe and pix for my Key Lime Sparkle Cookies. If you can get fresh key limes, please do, otherwise try Nellie and Joe’s Famous Key West Lime Juice or use regular persian limes.
Check out the fun from last year!
A yummy shortbread cookie with a hint of key lime!
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 2 sticks butter at room temperature
- 1 tablespoon key lime juice from fresh key limes or bottled - I like Nellie and Joe's Famous
- 2 teaspoons lime zest from about 2 limes
- 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon lime zest
- 2 tablespoons key lime juice
- Sparkling Sugar for garnish
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, powdered sugar and cornstarch and mix together. Set aside.
In a large bowl, beat the softened butter until creamy. Add about half of the flour mixture and mix in until just combined. Add the rest of the flour, the lime juice and zest and mix until it forms a soft dough.
Cut two large pieces of plastic wrap and lay them flat on a work surface. Divide the dough in half. Place one half in the center of one piece of plastic wrap. Fold the plastic wrap over on the dough and work the dough into a 10" log. Repeat with the second piece of dough. Seal them in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least two hours. Remove the dough and make sure that the log is round, by rolling it on a flat surface. If you have one or more areas of the dough that have flattened out from resting, roll them a little more until they're round and refrigerate for an additional 10-20 minutes, until firm.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a silpat and set aside.
Use a very thin, sharp knife to slice the cookies into 1/4" slices. Place 1" apart on the cookie sheets and bake 9-11 minutes until edges are lightly browned. Cool for one minute on the cookie sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Mix the powdered sugar, lime zest and lime juice in a bowl and stir until smooth. Set aside.
After the cookies have cooled, spoon a little of the glaze on top and smooth out with the back of a spoon. Sprinkle with the sparkling sugar and let stand until the glaze has hardened.