Lime Creams a Thumbprint Cookie

I must be honest and tell you, I’ve never worked with limes before nor have I really known what its taste was like.  The only time I’ve tried limes is after a shot of tequila but even then at that moment, I’m not in the right state of mind to sense its taste separate from the alcohol.  After making these lime creams, I must say, I’ve been missing out.

Lime Creams a Thumbprint Cookie | URBAN BAKES

Recently, I was in Astoria to visit the two most sweetest people in the world, my grandparents.  As I left they handed me a bag full of limes and told me to use it.  I immediately thought, “What in the world am I going to do with these?!”  The only thing I could think of was a key lime pie.  Never have made a pie in my life (not even a boxed version) and never worked with limes, I felt I should come up with something a bit simpler to start.  After some research I came across Lime Creams recipe from one of my favorite sites,  After baking and taste-testing these little 2-inch lime cream thumbprint cookies, I have to restate that I’ve truly been missing out on the great flavor of limes!

The added lime cream brings a refreshing aspect to the light buttery taste of the cookie that can almost be mistaken for a ‘biscuit.’  Once you bite inside, there’s a soft chewy center making it difficult to only have one.  They were so good, I practically ate the entire batch over a week.  I know what you’re probably thinking… I feel guilty but they were so addicting.  I highly recommend trying this recipe.  You won’t be disappointed.

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Lime Creams a Thumbprint Cookie

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  • Author: Connie
  • Total Time: 1 hour 12 minutes
  • Yield: 1216 cookies 1x


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Lime Cream

  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated lime zest
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 drop of green food coloring, or as desired


  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar (optional)


  1. Place 1/3 cup of sugar, the lime juice, lime zest, and 1 egg in a saucepan over low heat, and whisk constantly until the mixture almost reaches a simmer and begins to thicken. Remove the mixture from the heat, and tint to your desired shade of green with food coloring. Set the filling aside to cool.
  2. Heat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  3. In a bowl, cream the butter with 1/4 cup of sugar, then stir in 1 egg and vanilla extract. Mix in the flour and salt until the dough is smooth. Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Arrange on an ungreased baking sheet, placing the balls about 2 inches apart. Use your thumb to make an indentation in the center of each dough ball. Spoon about 3/4 teaspoon of the lime filling into each.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until the cookies are set but not browned, 12 to 15 minutes. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 1 minute before removing to finish cooling on wire racks. When cookies are cool, sprinkle lightly with confectioners’ sugar.


Original recipe calls for a yield of 36 cookies.  You may find that 1-inch balls of dough may produce approximately 12-16 cookies.  You may double the dough portion (Step 3).

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Cuisine: American

Lime Creams recipe adapted from allrecipes..

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