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Are you a lime lover? If so, you will love these Chewy Lime Sugar Cookies! Sweet and soft, with the perfect amount of chew and fresh lime flavor.

Chewy lime sugar cookies stacked on a parchment-covered cutting board next to a glass of milk

I don’t know what the weather is like in your area, but here in Ohio, we’re in that odd phase of the year where one day it’s 90 and the next it’s 65.

While I am a true fall lover at heart, we’re still trying to hold onto the last couple of weeks of summer.

Which basically means I’m still whipping up key lime and fresh berry desserts all while craving pumpkin roll and a big slice of pumpkin crunch cake.

Glasses of milk and chewy lime sugar cookies scattered on a parchment-lined cookie sheet


Key lime and lime-flavored treats are a summer staple in my house.

From Key Lime Pie Bars and Key Lime Pie Ice Cream to Lemon Lime Cupcakes and Lime Sour Cream Bundt Cake, I love the fresh, crisp flavor lime imparts to any recipe. 

These sweet, chewy little cookies are certainly no different. Lots of lime zest and lime juice add a fresh citrus flavor to a classic chewy sugar cookie base.

Overhead view of ingredients for chewy lime sugar cookies on a marble countertop

These Chewy Lime Sugar Cookies are made even better because they have toasted coconut in them.

That’s right! In addition to the fresh lime flavor, these cookies get a hint of sweet and toasty coconut. If you love tropical flavors, these cookies are absolutely for you!

I also think these chewy lime cookies would be amazing made into ice cream sandwiches with some homemade vanilla ice cream. You could even roll the edges in some more toasted coconut! How delicious would that be?

Toasted coconut on a sheet pan being tossed by a spoon


I’ve made lots of different sugar cookie recipes over the years. Some are soft and cakey, like Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies, some are sandwiched together with buttercream frosting, like Easy Sugar Cookies

But my favorites are probably the chewy variety, like these Chewy Lime Sugar Cookies and my Chai Sugar Cookies

Lime sugar cookie dough balls being rolled in granulated sugar and placed on a parchment-lined sheet pan

Start by toasting some coconut. If you’ve never done this before, I have a handy tutorial to learn how to toast coconut you can check out. 

Whisk together the dry ingredients – flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt – and set those aside.

Chewy lime sugar cookies scattered on a counter among glasses of milk

Using a mixer, beat together the butter and granulated sugar until smooth and very fluffy. You can then beat in the egg, vanilla, lime juice and finely minced lime zest. 

Gradually add in the flour mixture and toasted coconut, and the dough is ready to be rolled into balls.

After you roll the dough into balls, roll them in some more granulated sugar for a little sparkle and texture on the outside of the baked cookies. At this point, you can either bake the cookies right away or freeze them for later! Just follow my instructions for how to freeze cookie dough to have Chewy Lime Sugar Cookies ready to bake any time you like.

Overhead view of a cookie sheet with chewy lime sugar cookies next to a glass of milk
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Chewy Lime Sugar Cookies

By: Jamie
4.52 from 76 ratings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 36 cookies
Are you a lime lover? If so, you will love these Chewy Lime Sugar Cookies! Sweet and soft, with the perfect amount of chew and fresh lime flavor.


  • 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Zest of one large lime finely minced
  • 3 tbsp lime juice
  • ½ cup unsweetened toasted coconut
  • ½ cup sugar for rolling cookies


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • Using a mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until smooth and very fluffy.
  • Beat in egg, vanilla extract, lime juice and lime zest.
  • Gradually blend in the dry ingredients and toasted coconut.
  • Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, and roll in sugar. Place on lined cookie sheets about 1 1/2 inches apart.
  • Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly browned.
  • Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.


Serving: 1cookie, Calories: 133kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 0.2g, Cholesterol: 18mg, Sodium: 72mg, Potassium: 22mg, Fiber: 0.5g, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 165IU, Vitamin C: 0.4mg, Calcium: 8mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. sallie stutz says:

    Can u make cookies without coconut?? Pls advise. Tks

  2. Debra Ahlstrom says:

    Just made these. Really good. I’m wondering if adding more lime zest would bring out the lime more. I feel the coconut over takes the lime. I think I’d like more lime.

    1. Jamie says:

      Hi Debra – Glad you enjoyed them! You could definitely add more lime zest if you like. Let me know how they are if you do! Happy baking –

  3. Christine says:

    These look AMAZING! If I want to omit the coconut, do I need to modify anything else about the recipe?

    1. Jamie says:

      Hello! I haven’t tried making these without the coconut, but you should be able to simply leave it out without any issues. If you try it, I’d love to hear how they turned out. Happy baking!