Pucker Up

HOLY COW and then some! Who knew you were all out there…obviously not me. Thanks to all the lurkers who stepped up and posted. I must admit that a small sense of panic filled me. My delusion of 35 readers is now gone and I felt a little pressure to bake. I feel bad that they are just cookies but I didn’t want to mess up the kitchen that much after I had turbo cleaned it(though my mom still did clean some of it when she got here…sigh).
I love, love, love the flavor of key lime. I mean, love(I might have mentioned that). Now if you don’t have access to key limes other limes will do but I will step up and be honest and say it is not the same. Key limes are much more tart and for such a little fruit it has quite a bit of flavor. Not readily available all that much, but lucky for me they bottle it…and my local high end store carries it. It’s called Nellie and Joe’s Famous Key Lime juice and if you don’t have a store around you that carries it, like most things in life, it can be found on Amazon.com. These cookies combine a lot of things I enjoy: key lime, sugar cookies, butter cream and jam. I would have really liked to have key limes so that I could have used the zest in the sugar cookie, but alas that was not going to happen. You can make your butter cream as tart as you would like, I like mine so tart that my cheeks start to pucker and I make a face that hopefully will never be photographed! The raspberry jam is good but not necessary…it was really only added for color because the bland slightly pale green was just not working for me. Be warned, you will be seeing more key lime in the near future…I’m sure in cheesecake form and maybe in another.
The parental unit has officially arrived and my mom was quite amazed at all the “computer food people” who were reading my site…especially the ones who said where they were from. For those of you celebrating the Easter holiday, I wish you a happy one…for everyone else I say have a happy Sunday.

Key Lime Sandwich Coolers

¾ cup powdered sugar
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 cup butter, room temperature
1 egg
1 tsp key lime zest(or if you like me and had none 2 TBSP key lime juice)
2 ½ cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cream of tarter

Mix sugars, butter, egg and zest until creamy.
Mix in flour, baking soda and cream of tarter.
Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 375F.

Remove from fridge and divide in half.
Roll each half to ¼ inch thick on lightly floured surface. Using a round cookie cutter, cut out as many circles as you can. Taking a smaller round cookie cutter, cut a hole in the middle of HALF the batch of cookies. Leave the other half whole.
Bake for approximately 7-8 minutes, until light brown around the edges.
Place on baking rack to cool.

½ cup butter, room temperature
3 cups powdered sugar
as much key lime juice as you want

Cream butter and sugar together. Get frosting to consistency you want. If it is not thick enough add more sugar. Add key lime juice 1 TBSP at a time and blend. Taste after each incorporation to see if you have reached desired tartness.
Take the whole cookie and frost the entire top. Then place the cookie with the hole in the middle on top of that. If desired you can heat up some seedless raspberry jam and place in the middle.




  1. winkies6 says:

    Yum! We are definately a key lime household. My 11 year old’s favorite pie has been key lime since she was probably 3, maybe even younger. LOL She will definately be helping me make these cookies in the future!

    Now, don’t go changin’ just cuz you know there are more people reading here. ;) We like you just the way you are!

    My mom always comes over and cleans my stovetop, no matter the condition. I have to tell myself that she is trying to bless me, not make me feel bad. *Hi* to your mom and you can tell her that I’m in Kalamazoo, MI. :)

    Happy Easter!

  2. YUM! I love key limes so much!

    And I don’t know why you were suprised you have so many readers! You make good stuff. And there are always more readers than commenters! I get thousands of visitors a day and no where near that many comments!

  3. I cleaned my “clean” kitchen for over 2 hours yesterday. Something tells me the stove top isn’t clean enough still :)

    I’m on the look-out for “real” key limes now since I didn’t know there was that much of a difference – the mother-in-law *loves* her some key lime pie so I guess I’ll have to see what the fuss is about!

  4. Leave it to you, that red is fantastic on the cookies. Raspberry, key lime …I can help with leftovers! Hugs for your mom.

  5. *swoons* *passes out*

  6. These are so beautiful…I mean the pictures AND the cookies! And you deserve all those readers, you are amazing

  7. Hi Peabody! These look so beautiful and delicious.

    Too funny re: your mom cleaning your kitchen. I still cringe whenever my mom is over and she uses a bathroom – it’s inevitable that she’ll want to “help clean” :)

    Have a wonderful Easter with your family!

  8. I love love love these cookies!!! And I agree with you, key lime are different from regular limes. Happy

  9. Beautiful cookies Peabody. I love key limes and agree that their flavor is so much stronger than regular limes, but my true downfall is how much I love raspberries. Now that you’ve combined them in this mag cookie, I’ll jsut have to make them and eat a bunch. :) Yum!
    Happy Easter.
    I’ll bet there are still quite a few lurkers. No surprise that people love your blog. You write well, have great recipes, and the best photos.
    Happy Easter to your Mom, too.

  10. Hey Peabody-

    I cannot WAIT to try this one. I am a serious lover of keylime. My mother in law recently introduced me to Nellie and Joe’s – it is fantastic.

    Thanks for posting this one, and congrats on your continually growing number of readers and fans!!

    Happy Easter!


  11. Whenever I make my key lime cheesecake pie, I always make raspberry coulis to go with.. so your cookies are going to be an instant favorite with me! And Hubbs for that matter, he loves key lime pie.

    Happy Easter, Gracie!!


  12. regarding your last post, i am one of your many lurkers. love this site. the recipes are mouth watering and the photographs…well, they’re mouth watering also. i put you under my favorite links on my site quite a while ago. hope it’s okay. i know i should’a asked.

  13. oh my goodness…these look so freakin delicious.And u’ve got all my attention with the key lime….a big fav !!

  14. Hi Pea! Well, no signs of performance anxiety here… lovely key lime cookies! Happy holiday wishes to you and your family, and a special greeting to your mom!

  15. I missed the lurking post so will have to stand up and be counted now. I’m pretty new to your blog but I’ll be a regular from now on.
    P.S. My mom always wants to clean when she comes to my house too; and she only lives three miles away!
    Cookies are beautiful but the chances of getting key limes in Ireland are slim!

  16. Very cute! I love lemon flavored cookies.

  17. Key lime and raspberries is always a great combo. I love that mirror effect on top. I must make these soon!

  18. I’ve recently ‘discovered’ key lime and am totally in LOVE! Your cookies look wonderful.

  19. Happy Easter to you and your family….the cookie is just too much…..you continue to blow me away with your wonderful ideas,foods and recipes.And, of course, you spectacular photos.cheers…..

  20. Thank you, thank you, thank you – this is the recipe of all my key lime dreams! Okay, you just got a new subscriber to your blog…

  21. Hey Peabody. Have you seen Paula Deen’s “Key Lime Tarts” (recipe available on foodnetwork.com). She uses a key lime cooler on the bottom of each tart for the crust. She just buys hers from a local bakery. Next time you make a batch of these you could bake 2 dozen extra and save some for these. What could be better than your coolers and a tart combined…yum!

  22. I knew you’d be overwhelmed with the number of people reading. You are one popular blogger my friend!

    Your mom sounds so much like my mom…too funny!

  23. Now this is one pretty cookie. These are my brothers favorite type of cookies. I will have to try this one when he is in town.

  24. I have been sitting here, shaking my head in disbelief at how fantastic those cookies look! I feel like I should be able to take a big bite out of them! Sigh. Amazing photos.

  25. I have been sitting here, shaking my head in disbelief at how fantastic those cookies look! I feel like I should be able to take a big bite out of them! Sigh. Amazing photos.

  26. I am new to this blogging thing but I love to cook and figure I am going to gain at least 20 lbs being here. lol lol
    I have a question about where you store you recipes. Do you recommend a program or software that yopu like.

  27. Looking forward to trying these!! Thanks for posting!

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