If you are looking for Christmas cookies that are fun and delicious, you have come to the right place! Lime tree cookies may not be your traditional Christmas cookies, but they are super festive!
These cookies are so good because the dough is infused with lime zest for a subtle flavor, but the lime glaze adds a real punch of flavor that makes that lime really pop! Cream cheese and powdered sugar make these cookies extra soft. With a delicate texture, these cookies will melt in your mouth every time.
When Christmas is about 2 months away, one of my favorite things to do is start scouring Pinterest and magazines for cookie recipes. I came across this one several years ago, and it is a favorite.
My mom, sister, and I make them almost every year. It wouldn’t be Christmas without doing some traditional family baking. Ya know?
I wish I could remember the source for these lime tree cookies…I think it was a home magazine of some sort. Either way, these cookies are delicious, and you need to try them this holiday season!
What are Lime Tree Cookies?
Lime tree cookies are soft, almost creamy cookies that are infused with lime flavor throughout the dough and the icing.
For the best experience, chill the dough for one hour so that it’s super easy to rolling the tree ropes.
As always, we are looking for the “Je ne sais quoi” factor in every recipe. In this cookie, there is just something about the lime flavor and the almost creamy cookie that makes for an amazing experience.
How Do You Make the Best Lime Tree Cookies?
- This dough comes together in about 5 minutes. Super simple and easy to mix.
- Cream the butter, cream cheese, and powdered sugar.
- Chill the dough for at least one hour so that it is not as sticky and is easy to roll into ropes.
- Roll dough into 7 inch ropes that are about 1/4 inch thick. Bend rope back and forth and pinch at the top to end the tree.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cool and drizzle with icing.
- Use a super green lime to get more flavor from the zest.
- The icing consistency should be thin enough to drizzle, but not so thin that it runs all over the place.
- This is a fun recipe to do with children as well! While their trees might not be as pretty or perfect, they will cherish the memories for years to come.
Tools for Making Lime Twist Tree Cookies
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- Half sheet pans are best for these cookies and just about every cookie I will ever make. Cookie spread less, have nice browning on their bottoms, and they bake evenly.
- A fine zester(this is the BEST microplane grater) will make the zest melt into the icing perfectly. You don’t want chunks or large pieces of lime peel in the glaze because it will add an unpleasant texture to the cookies.
- Either a stand mixer or hand mixer will work. A stand mixer is my go to appliance, but as long as your cream cheese and butter are soft, a hand mixer will work.
- If you are using a stand mixer, then you can’t pass up this paddle attachment! It makes mixing a breeze, and all of the food gets mix in easily without tons of scraping down the bowl.
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 3 oz. cream cheese, softened
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- Zest of 1 lime
- Green food coloring
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- Zest of half a lime, finely shredded
- 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
- 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
- Water, to thin (1 to 3 teaspoons)
- In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and cream cheese on medium to high speed for 30 seconds.
- Add powdered sugar, and mix until combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl occasionally.
- Add egg and vanilla and mix until combined.
- Add flour, baking powder, salt and lime zest, and mix until flour is just barely mixed in.
- Add 3 to 5 drops each of green and yellow food coloring and mix until color is the desired color of green. Cover; chill dough about 1 hour or until easy to handle.
- Preheat oven to 350*. Place a rounded tablespoon of dough on a lightly floured surface. Roll dough into a 6 – 10” long rope. Bend rope back and forth into a tree shape, pinching the end at the top into a “star point” shape.
- Roll a 1/4” ball of dough and gently press against bottom of tree for a trunk.
- Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough, spacing trees about 2” apart.
- In a small bowl, stir together 1 ½ cups powdered sugar, 1/3 teaspoon finely shredded lime zest, 2 tablespoons lime juice, and 1 tablespoon melted butter. Add enough water (1-3 tsp.) to make a thin glaze.
- Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes or until bottoms are light, golden brown. Transfer cookies to a wire rack. Let cookies cool and drizzle with lime glaze. If desired, add sprinkles. Let the trees dry completely before packaging. Cookies need to be stored in an airtight container once they are dry.
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