Chewy Lime Sugar Cookies

Are you a lime lover? If so, look no further because this is one amazing cookie. It’s sweet, soft, chewy, limey and amazing.

Lime flavored treats are a summer staple in my house, I love the fresh, crisp flavor it imparts to both desserts and savory dishes. When I had my Hip Hostess giveaway last month, a reader left me a link to these cookies. Out of over 500 comments, this recipe stood out in my mind, so I immediately bookmarked it! Well, I am glad I did, because they are simple and brilliant!

I actually followed this recipe exactly as written which is rare for me, but it honestly looked perfect. The coconut adds a slight textural element and it marries perfectly with the tartness of the lime and the sweetness of the sugar. This recipe compelled my friend, Jo to leave me a love note on my desk after I brought one to work for her. I am definitely going to play around with this recipe using other citrus fruits…think oranges, lemons and grapefruit! Now wipe the drool from your mouth and make them, eat them, and love them! Have a great weekend and thanks so much for checking out this fabulous recipe!

Chewy Lime Sugar Cookies

Yield: about 3 dozen cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 8-10 minutes


  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Zest of one large lime, finely minced
  • 3 tbsp lime juice
  • ½ cup unsweetened toasted coconut
  • 1/2 cup sugar for rolling cookies


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

126 Responses to “Chewy Lime Sugar Cookies”

  1. Terri C. — December 7, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    This is a great-tasting recipe. Thanks for sharing it. It’s a keeper. I used lemon instead of lime and chilled the dough overnight. My cookies didn’t spread out as much as yours and were pretty puffy. I also used just 1/3 c. sugar in the dough and they were plenty sweet. I got 40 cookies using a 1 1/2″ diameter (#50) cookie scoop.


    • Jamie — December 9, 2013 at 5:50 pm


      I’m so happy that you enjoyed the recipe. Thank you so much for stopping in and sharing your experience with making the cookies. The substitutions that you made sound great! Happy holidays and thank you for following MBA!


  2. Terri C. — December 8, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Sorry, in my previous comment I meant to say I made just half the recipe (it made 20) and used just 1/3 c. sugar.


  3. Michelle — March 24, 2014 at 6:10 am

    Hi,do you mean salted butter? Thanks


    • Jamie Lothridge — May 5, 2014 at 8:48 pm

      Hi Michelle,
      You can use either for this recipe. Your choice.
      – Jamie

  4. Mel — March 29, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    I have made this and the lemon version dozens of times at work. I work at a retirement community and they recieve cookies every night, normally with fruit as dessert. Since I only do it every other weekend, I use both recipes for my cookies. The residents absolutely LOVE them!!! It’s different from the normal chocolate, peanut butter, or raisin cookie. Especially with the rough weather here in PA had. These are nice and refreshing. I had a request to make these with oranges. Do you think it will taste alright?


    • Jamie — April 9, 2014 at 3:49 pm


      I think the cookies would be great substituted with orange! Please stop back and let us know your experience in making them (and if they go over as well as the lime), and have a wonderful day!


  5. Samiha — June 17, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    I just baked these cookies and I love them! They were so easy to make. They are so beautiful, chewy and soft and slightly crispy on the outside. I followed everything but just left out the coconut. They are refreshing and perfect for the summer. Thank you for sharing this recipe =)


  6. steph — July 13, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Made these today and they were fantastic although I found the lime and coconut flavors very subtle, but everyone in my family loved them. As a note, I made these at high altitude and found they still baked up well.


    • Jamie — July 13, 2014 at 10:56 pm

      Thanks so much for the feedback! I’m glad to hear your family enjoyed them!

  7. Jessica — September 7, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    These are amazing!!! I added a little orange juice to my batter and lime and orange zest into my rolling sugar, fantastic & so pretty!


  8. Robert — September 17, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Whenever I take the time to make these awesome cookies I usually make about a dozen batches. Friends and family can’t get enough of these. I make some with lime, some with lemon, some with orange, and once with blood orange. I add a little food coloring to each batch so people can grab their favorite. (Lime=Green, Lemon=Yellow, Orange=Orange) I’ve never had a complaint with these cookies. They are often my go to cookies for charity bake sales.


  9. Trish — January 26, 2017 at 6:40 am

    I make these regularly for events. I was pointed to this recipe years ago by a friend and return to it often. I took a tip from her and typically separate this into two batches – one for everyone, including the kiddos, recipe as-is (perfect!), and to the other batch I add red pepper flakes for a surprise kick. Oh how people rave!! The chili-lime-coconut combo is magical. You can also chop red chilies finely, or use another dried pepper spice, but so far the red pepper flakes have been the most versatile and tasty, and you can adjust your heat level easily depending on the crowd.


    • Jamie — January 26, 2017 at 12:07 pm

      I love that idea, Trish! I’m definitely going to try it!

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