Coconut-Lime Shortbread Cookies

I kind of have an obsession with limes.  Love them in my food.  Love them in my water (yes – some like lemons, I like limes).  And now…love them in my cookies!!

Holy cow.  Was introduced to these cookies by a friend’s mom a few months ago, and immediately went home to try and research a similar recipe.  But unfortunately…nada.

So when we crossed paths again this week, I was stoked to come home with a copy of the recipe!  Made them the next day, and fell in love once again.  They are such a delight!!!  Light.  Buttery.  Coconut-y.  And lime-a-licious.  :)

Look out.  These ones definitely are addictive!

Coconut-Lime Shortbread Cookies

You will love this Coconut-Lime Shortbread Cookies Recipe! They are such a delight!!! Light. Buttery. Coconut-y. And lime-a-licious. :)


Cookie Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut, toasted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. lime peel
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cold butter, cut into pieces

Lime Glaze Ingredients:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. lime peel
  • 1 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 2 to 3 Tbsp. water


Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a food processor, combine coconut, sugar, 2 tablespoons lime peel, and the vanilla. Cover and process until coconut is finely chopped. Add flour; cover and process for one or two pulses until combined. Add butter; cover and process until mixture starts to cling. Transfer to a very large bowl (dough will appear dry). Knead dough until smooth. Shape dough into a ball; divide in half. (***See tip below if too dry.***)

On a lightly floured surface, roll out one of the dough portions to about 1/4" thickness. Using desired 1.5" to 2" cookie cutters, cut out dough. Place cutouts 1" apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake for 15-17 minutes, or just until bottoms start to brown. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; let cool. Repeat with the remaining dough portion. If desired spread tops of cookies with the lime glaze and sprinkle with additional lime peel.

To Make Lime Glaze:

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!

Ali’s Tip:

The dough for these should be pretty dry, but still wet enough to hold together when rolled out.  If yours is by chance a little too dry, add in a half teaspoon or so of water or…even better…lime juice!

Leave a Comment:


  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 –

    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!


  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. Aspen — April 5, 2012 @ 6:40 pm (#)

    I currently live in Denver and have
    tried multiple cookie recipes but the
    cookie dough always comes out too
    dry and crumbly to where I have to
    throw the dough away. Any suggestions?

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

    Loved this enough to add it to my blog! (with a link right back here to YOU!) Thanks!


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