The other evening I was feeling a bit creative and figured since I had made lemon sugar cookies last spring it was time to make lime sugar cookies. Unfortunately, I was short a lime, but I did have mint growing like a weed in my backyard. I figured lime and mint go together in a number of beverages, so why not try it in cookie form?
I started by zesting and juicing the lime. I then stripped two sprigs of mint of their leaves and put them in the food processor with 1 cup of sugar and pulsed until the mint leaves were chopped up finely.
From there I followed the original recipe almost exactly.
Admittedly, I was a bit nervous for the end results, but luckily the cookies were actually good! Really good! They ended up being a really refreshing sugar cookie with just the slightest hint of lime and mint! Dare I say it -- the perfect summer cookie that will have to be repeated. Especially when I need to get rid of some extra mint.
BTW, we also used these to make frozen yogurt sandwiches with some mango-peach and raspberry frozen yogurt, which also ended up being really good. Next time I'd like to make sandwiches with some of simple pineapple sorbet.
Mint Mojito Sugar Cookies
Zest of 1 lime
1 C. butter, softened
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 t. vanilla
1 T. lime juice
2 3/4 C flour
1/4 t. salt
2 t. cream of tartar
1 t. baking soda
Prepare mint/lime sugar: In a food processor, blend 1 c sugar with 1T of lime zest and the leaves of two mint sprigs. Pulse several times until the lime zest and mint leaves are incorporated into the sugar. Reserve 1/2c of the sugar mixture for rolling the cookies in before baking.
Prepare cookie dough: In a medium bowl, stir together flour, salt, cream of tartar and baking soda. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and remaining 1/2 sugar mixture and 1 c sugar. Blend in eggs, one at a time then add vanilla and lime juice. Add flour mixture, one cup at a time, blending well after each addition, until all flour is incorporated.
Refrigerate dough for one hour.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Use a cookie scoop to scoop dough the roll into a ball and then into the mint/lime sugar. Place ball of dough on cookie sheet and press down lightly with the bottom of a glass until cookie is about 1/2 inch thick. Repeat.
Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees.