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Coconut Lime Shortbread Cookies

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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! |

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! |

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! |

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! |

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! |

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! |

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!

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Coconut Lime Shortbread Cookies

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  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 20 -30 cookies 1x


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



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 zest
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 23 tablespoons water


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.

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! |

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77 comments on “Coconut Lime Shortbread Cookies”

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

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

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

  4. ohhhhh baby!!! ♥

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

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

  7. Saw these on Tastespotting! These look AMAZING!!!

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


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

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

  13. these look beautiful and sound delicious!

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

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

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

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

    • I never did see a response to this question….did you use unsweetened or sweetened coconut?

    • I used sweetened coconut in the original recipe, but feel free to use unsweetened if you would like them to be a bit less sweet. :)

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

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

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

    • 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. 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?

    • 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. These are TOTALLY my type of cookie! Beautiful! 

  25. sweetened or unsweetened coconut?

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

    • 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. yummy….delicious  cookies.  i’ll try   this

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  35. So if you are planning on freezing these, you bake and glaze first, then freeze? I can’t wait to try these!

    • Hi Miriam! If freezing these, you could bake and then glaze and then freeze, or just bake and freeze, then glaze later. We hope you enjoy!

  36. Made these as Christmas presents, everyone loved them! They are absolutely delicious! I’m making them again everytime i need to use some limes :) Thanks for the recipe.

    • Thanks for sharing with us, Martina — we’re so glad they were a hit with folks! :)

  37. These look amazing! I have a question. The recipe lists lime zest in the cookies but only lime peel in the glaze. It sure looks like zest is in the glaze. Is it? Thanks. Cant wait to make them.

    • Thank you, Peg! And we’re sorry we’re just now getting to your question. The recipe calls for some lime peel in the glaze, which is what you see on top of the cookies. We just edited it to say “zest.” We apologize for any confusion, and we hope you enjoy these! :)

  38. Thank you for a great recipe! They came out quickly, effortlessly and super delicious! I’m making these and may be some of your other gorgeously looking cookie recipes to raise funds for an Association and animal shelter in Portugal. I hope they will have a huge success!

    • You’re very welcome, we’re so happy you enjoyed them, and that’s wonderful of you! :)

  39. These cookies are absolutely amazing. Our whole family declared that they were the best cookies they had ever eaten. The lime and coconut go amazing together and they were all eaten in a day. Highly recommend making these.

  40. These are my favorite cookies in the whole world! I made these for the past two years for family, friends and coworkers for the holidays and everyone loves them. Even people that tell me they don’t like coconut or lime tell me how amazing they are after they eat them. I love how they are easily made vegan by using vegan butter too. Thank you!

  41. I made this for our New Year party in the shape of stars, and they were amazing! I’m excited to have an excuse to make them again!

  42. Very good. Took some to my co workers and they devoured them. I think a little more lime juice would be good.

  43. I bake every week and these cookies by far have been the biggest surprise in a delightful way! They are a burst of summer in you mouth…perfect for a winters day!

  44. I bake often and this recipe was not one I would consider easy….The dough was actually moist and I had to add more flour to keep it from sticking to the rolling pin. I looked back over everything to see if I messed up on measurements – no, everything was as the recipe called for. They turned out fine; but were a challenge.

    • I flattened the dough by hand and put a layer of plastic wrap over the dough before rolling it out. I dont have a rolling pin so honestly I found a large candle laying around. Took ten seconds.

  45. Can these be made ahead then frozen?

  46. Instead of cutting out with a cookie cutter, I divided dough in half, flattened each ball of dough into a pie plate, baked for 17-18 minutes, cut into pie pieces, let cool in pie plate, and then took them out, let them cool the rest of the way and then put a small amount of frosting on the cut pieces. HEAVENLY!

  47. Amazing! Everything I love in one cookie!

  48. This recipe looks delicious! I was looking to make these as little gifts. I want to put them in small cellophane bags. Does the like glaze become stable and hard or does it stay soft? Thanks in advance!

  49. Thank you so much for this great recipe. What’s your method of glazing the cookies? My glaze was a little loose but I used a squeeze bottle, I’m curious about your method. This recipe is a KEEPER!

  50. I’d like to make these. Do you use sweetened or unsweetened coconut?