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Chewy Lime Sugar 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.

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

MY FAVORITE COCONUT LIME COOKIES

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

HOW TO MAKE THESE CHEWY SUGAR COOKIES

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

Chewy Lime Sugar Cookies

Yield: About 3 dozen cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

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.

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 18 Serving Size 2 cookies
Amount Per Serving Calories 271Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 37mgSodium 160mgCarbohydrates 40gFiber 1gSugar 24gProtein 3g

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Christine

Tuesday 1st of September 2020

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

Jamie

Sunday 13th of September 2020

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! Jamie

Paula Bain

Tuesday 1st of September 2020

For those of us with coconut allergies, can I just leave that out or is there an equivalent substitute? These sound too good to pass up!

Jamie

Sunday 13th of September 2020

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! Jamie

Christina

Saturday 28th of March 2020

These cookies make excellent ice cream sandwiches! We paired them with vanilla bean ice cream...what a dream! Thank you!

Jamie

Thursday 9th of April 2020

So happy to hear you enjoyed the cookies, Christina! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback! -Jamie

Cassie

Saturday 17th of August 2019

Hi! I am wondering if sweetened coconut would work ok? Thank you!

Jamie

Thursday 29th of August 2019

Hello! I haven't attempted this recipe with this substitution, so I am not sure of the result. If you happen to give it a try, I'd love to know how they turned out. Thanks so much for stopping by. -Jamie

Sandy Ashmore

Friday 22nd of February 2019

Love these cookies!  I have a bake sale coming up and wanted something quick, delicious and easy and this recipe checked all!  I made Lime with coconut, Lemon with coconut, and Orange with finely chopped walnuts.  Thanks!

Jamie

Tuesday 5th of March 2019

So happy to hear you enjoyed the cookies, Sandy! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback! -Jamie

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