Coconut Lime Shortbread Cookies

Coconut Lime Shortbread Cookies -- full of fresh lime, coconut, and buttery flavors, and topped with a light lime glaze. One of my all-time favorite cookie recipes! | gimmesomeoven.com

Today I thought we’d take a trip back down into the blog’s archives to revisit one of my all-time favorite cookie recipes.

I actually posted the recipe for these cookies back in my very first year of blogging, and they’ve been getting progressively buried in our cookie archives ever since.  But I still make them every single year around the holidays, and can hardly believe their buttery, citrusy, sweet goodness each time I do.  They are just the best!!!

Even better, they’re super nice and sturdy, which has made them my go-to recipe for cookie exchanges over the years.  I must admit — I have received many a box over the years that has been full of cookie crumbles, especially when shipped through the mail system.  But when packed correctly, I promise that these cookie will hold up well even when being shipped across the country, or carried in a toddler’s wobbly path down the street to a neighbor.  :)  I’ve given them out for years, and they always receive rave reviews.

So, as is my annual tradition, a friend and I actually made a quadruple batch of these this month to get ready for the holiday season.  Half of mine were packed up to give out as part of the World’s Largest Cookie Exchange that I’m participating in with Better Homes & Gardensand half went in the freezer to have on hand for last-minute holiday gatherings and such.  (Ok, actually we couldn’t wait and some friends helped demolish a few dozen of them early while cheering on our Royals during the World Series, which I have to think helped contribute to their sweet win, right?!  Right.)

So let’s make some more together, and spread the sweet cookie love!

Coconut Lime Shortbread Cookies -- full of fresh lime, coconut, and buttery flavors, and topped with a light lime glaze. One of my all-time favorite cookie recipes! | gimmesomeoven.com

Alright, well first off, I want to give credit where credit is due.  I actually received this recipe after begging for it at a bridal shower 6 years ago with my friend, Amy.  Her aunt, Bonnie, is a fantastic baker and always goes all-out making amazing spreads of sweets and bars and cookies for parties.  And at this particular shower, the fruity-dessert lover in me was immediately drawn to the cute little handwritten sign that said coconut-lime shortbread cookies.

In the middle of the freezing winter in Kansas, these sounded like a taste of no less than tropical paradise.

Turns out…they were just that.

Coconut Lime Shortbread Cookies -- full of fresh lime, coconut, and buttery flavors, and topped with a light lime glaze. One of my all-time favorite cookie recipes! | gimmesomeoven.com

Buttery shortbread cookies baked with a good hint of lime and toasted coconut…then topped with a sweet lime glaze…how could you go wrong?!

Coconut Lime Shortbread Cookies -- full of fresh lime, coconut, and buttery flavors, and topped with a light lime glaze. One of my all-time favorite cookie recipes! | gimmesomeoven.com

The answer is that you can’t.  :)

You absolutely can’t go wrong with these.

And because of that, I highly recommend making a double or triple batch of these if you can.  Shortbread cookies are a bit of a time commitment either way, so if you’re going to go to the work, I always vote that you might as well make extras to freeze or give away.  (And a quick note — if you aren’t going to eat them right away, I recommend stirring the lime zest into the glaze as pictured above, instead of sprinkling it on top.)Coconut Lime Shortbread Cookies -- full of fresh lime, coconut, and buttery flavors, and topped with a light lime glaze. One of my all-time favorite cookie recipes! | gimmesomeoven.com

But if you are going to eat them fairly quickly, I love the look of that bright green zest topping each cookie like confetti.  So cute!
Coconut Lime Shortbread Cookies -- full of fresh lime, coconut, and buttery flavors, and topped with a light lime glaze. One of my all-time favorite cookie recipes! | gimmesomeoven.com

As I mentioned above, I packed up a few little boxes of these to give away this year as part of The World’s Largest Cookie Exchange with Better Homes & Gardens, which you can join too if you’re interested!  They have all sorts of great little free printable holiday gift tags an recipe cards online, as well as hundreds and hundreds of other cookie recipes that you can browse for inspiration.

So if you’re needing some simple (and inexpensive) homemade gifts to give out this year, I highly recommend getting involved and giving the gift of something homemade from your kitchen.  I have some more great DIY homemade projects coming up on the blog this month, too, so stay tuned for more ideas.

Cheers to sharing the homemade cookie love!

Coconut Lime Shortbread Cookies

These Coconut Lime Shortbread Cookies are perfectly light, sweet, buttery, and full of fresh lime and coconut flavor!

Ingredients:

Coconut Lime Shortbread Cookie Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut, toasted
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lime zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) cold butter, cut into 1-tablespoon pieces

Lime Glaze Ingredients:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lime peel
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2-3 tablespoons water

Directions:

To Make The Coconut Lime Shortbread Cookies:

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. In a food processor, combine coconut, sugar, lime zest, and the vanilla extract.  Pulse a few times until the coconut is finely chopped. Add flour, and pulse until combined.  Gradually add in the butter pieces and pulse until the mixture is smooth and combined.  (The dough will appear fairly dry.)
  3. Transfer to a very large bowl, and knead dough until smooth.  (If the dough is still too dry and crumbly, add in a half teaspoon of water at a time until it clings together.)  Shape dough into a ball, then divide in half.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, roll out one of the dough portions to about 1/4-inch thickness. Using your desired cookie cutters (I used a 1.5-inch round cutter), cut out dough. Place cutouts 1" apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  5. Repeat with the remaining dough on a second cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 15-17 minutes, or just until bottoms start to brown. Transfer cookies to a wire rack, and let cool to room temperature.
  7. Drizzle each cookie with the lime glaze, adding extra lime zest on top if desired.

To Make Lime Glaze:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, lime peel, and lime juice until combined. Add in the two or three tablespoons of water, and whisk until it reaches a good consistency for spreading.

Recipe from a friend.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

Coconut Lime Shortbread Cookies -- full of fresh lime, coconut, and buttery flavors, and topped with a light lime glaze. One of my all-time favorite cookie recipes! | gimmesomeoven.com

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  1. Baking is my Zen — February 2, 2010 @ 8:17 pm (#)

    My mouth is watering for these cookies. I LOVE lime too!

  2. violarulz/ducksandbooks — February 2, 2010 @ 10:51 pm (#)

    yum! I think I might be making these this weekend….. btw, sweetened or unsweetened toasted coconut? does it matter?

  3. Misty — February 3, 2010 @ 12:08 am (#)

    Yum! What a great alternative to the usual chocolate chip.

  4. Erica — February 3, 2010 @ 1:57 am (#)

    ohhhhh baby!!! ♥

  5. chocolate shavings — February 3, 2010 @ 6:56 am (#)

    Coconut and lime is a killer combo. These look delicious!

  6. The Nervous Cook — February 3, 2010 @ 7:03 am (#)

    These are absolutely perfect looking. They look like they came out of some kind of amazing package!

  7. leslie — February 3, 2010 @ 7:05 am (#)

    Saw these on Tastespotting! These look AMAZING!!!

  8. Taste & Smile — February 3, 2010 @ 7:18 am (#)

    They look delicious! Have you tried substituting your coconut base with any other ingredients?

    I’ve been baking lots of almond shortbread lately and everyone seems to love the recipe – http://bit.ly/98ujKW

    Jess from Tate & Lyle

  9. Laura Flowers — February 3, 2010 @ 10:38 am (#)

    I’m making these for my husband’s work. What a great recipe. Thank-you for sharing!

    Laura

  10. Michelle — February 3, 2010 @ 11:55 am (#)

    Oooh. I love lime too. I’ve gotten hooked on chili lime popcorn, but I love it in anything. Your cookies sound yummy.

  11. which.chick — February 3, 2010 @ 5:43 pm (#)

    If you like lime, you might very well enjoy lime poundcake. I use the Joy of Cooking (new edition) recipe only instead of lemon/orange zest, I use all the lime zest you can get from one lime. It is delightful.

  12. Heather — February 4, 2010 @ 9:08 am (#)

    Ok now yu have just pushed my massive coconut craving thru the roof. Recipes like this make me miss my citrus trees…

  13. Kristen — February 4, 2010 @ 2:35 pm (#)

    these look beautiful and sound delicious!

  14. amy — February 6, 2010 @ 10:18 am (#)

    i can totally imagine them in my mouth:) mmmmm. citrus love!

  15. Molly K — February 7, 2010 @ 12:03 pm (#)

    Made these this weekend. My dough was really crumbly, so I formed it into a log, froze it. Then I just sliced the cookies to bake. Not that pretty, but they tasted great.

    Also in the glaze I used no water, just lime juice. Very tangy.

  16. cc — February 23, 2010 @ 8:29 am (#)

    Ihave to make these!! YUM!! Love coconut and lime.

  17. MyBigRedShoe — May 15, 2012 @ 11:26 am (#)

    Loved this enough to add it to my blog! (with a link right back here to YOU!)http://mybigredshoe.wordpress.com/2012/05/15/caution-falling-coconuts/ Thanks!

  18. Bryn — November 21, 2015 @ 12:34 pm (#)

    Is the coconut the bagged and sweetened/shredded in the bakers aisle?  Yum and yum!

  19. Toshi Bakes — November 21, 2015 @ 4:18 pm (#)

    These look so delicate and delicious! I love the lime glaze decoration :)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 21st, 2015 @ 4:34 pm

      Thanks Toshi, we hope you enjoy these! :)

  20. Laura — November 21, 2015 @ 4:47 pm (#)

    These cookies are so pretty and that lime is the perfect way to brighten up winter! Adding these to my holiday cookie baking list :)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 23rd, 2015 @ 9:11 am

      Thanks Laura, we hope you enjoy them! :)

  21. Liz — November 21, 2015 @ 5:43 pm (#)

    These look so yummy! I prefer cookies that have some sort of fruit flavor to them. When it’s really sweet with lots of chocolate, I can’t eat it. If I lived in a warmer place like Florida, I would be baking these for Christmas cookies!

  22. Lainey — November 22, 2015 @ 9:34 am (#)

    Do you have any suggestions or recommendations for making these cookies gluten free?  Thanks. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 23rd, 2015 @ 10:58 am

      Hi Lainey! Unfortunately we haven’t experimented with making these gluten-free. We think you could certainly try a gluten-free flour blend and that might be your best bet, we’re just not 100% sure how they would turn out.

  23. Liz — November 23, 2015 @ 9:30 pm (#)

    Hi Ali, these look amazing!  Does the glaze harden? I am thinking about if I can stack them in a box I’m shipping…. Will they stick together?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 24th, 2015 @ 10:52 am

      Thanks Liz, and yes, the glaze should harden. If you’re planning on boxing them and shipping them, we’d suggest layering them with parchment or wax paper so they don’t stick, just in case. We hope you enjoy these!

  24. Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — November 24, 2015 @ 10:24 am (#)

    These are TOTALLY my type of cookie! Beautiful! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 24th, 2015 @ 10:54 am

      Thank you Laura, we hope you enjoy making/eating them! :)

  25. Kate — December 15, 2015 @ 11:35 am (#)

    sweetened or unsweetened coconut?

  26. Sarah — April 18, 2016 @ 9:15 pm (#)

    Any advice on making these ahead? I’m thinking about making them for a wedding reception. Do they freeze and thaw well?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 19th, 2016 @ 9:18 am

      Hi Sarah! Yes, they actually do freeze really well. We just recommend stirring the zest into the glaze if you’re making them in advance (not just sprinkling it on top). :)

  27. dasariprasad — April 19, 2016 @ 10:28 pm (#)

    yummy….delicious  cookies.  i’ll try   this

  28. Helen — April 21, 2016 @ 1:48 pm (#)

    Im making these cookies tonight …gluten free…its a taste run for my daughters Bridal shower

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 22nd, 2016 @ 8:26 am

      Awesome — let us know how they turn out! :)

  29. Maria — April 22, 2016 @ 2:08 am (#)

    Sweetened or unsweetened coconut?  I see this question was brought up a few times.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 26th, 2016 @ 11:56 am

      Hi Maria! We used sweetened coconut, but you could use unsweetened if you’re trying to cut back on sweetness. We hope you enjoy!

  30. ijlal — April 27, 2016 @ 9:35 am (#)

    Helli from Turkey! İ tryed this beautiful recibe..Thank you for sharing..And İ wanted your instagram name for tag.

  31. Echelli — May 10, 2016 @ 7:18 pm (#)

    Does lime peel mean lime zest? How do I include it in the glaze?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 16th, 2016 @ 8:54 pm

      Yes, lime zest, and you just stir it into the glaze. We hope you enjoy!

  32. Andy — June 29, 2016 @ 3:21 pm (#)

    Is there any alternative to the food processor?? I don’t have one, could I use a pastry blender?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 5th, 2016 @ 6:11 pm

      Hi Andy! Yes, you can most definitely use a pastry blender instead. We hope you enjoy these! :)

  33. Cheryl — August 23, 2016 @ 12:23 pm (#)

    These cookies melt in your mouth. They are so light. You can’t stop at just one. The cookies freeze very well.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 23rd, 2016 @ 8:56 pm

      We’re so glad you enjoy them, Cheryl! :)

  34. Liza — October 9, 2016 @ 2:28 pm (#)

    Where did you get the box to put the cookies in? They look much nicer than ones I’ve found online.

    • Ali — October 12th, 2016 @ 4:29 pm

      Hobby Lobby last year. :)

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