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. Sandy — April 24, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    Ummm omg, yes please! I need to make these right now!!! I think I might be drooling over the keyboard! I love citrus cookies!!!!!!!


  2. heather — April 24, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    i’ve always enjoyed lemon-flecked sugar cookies — these sound equally as good. kind of like a simpler version of key lime pie. can’t wait to try.




  3. Courtney — April 24, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    These look amazing, super great for summer!


  4. Jill — April 24, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    I will certainly be making these!!! YUM.


  5. Abbey — April 24, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Oh. Yes. I am making these tomorrow. I love how I have all the ingredients already and the combo sounds delish. Plus, I get picky eaters to try them simply b/c they look like sugar cookies…SURPRISE! thanks for sharing :)


  6. Jessie @ simplysifted — April 24, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    I love lime and I love coconut. And today I realized I love chewy sugar cookies, so I’m SO excited to make these. Out of the dozens, and dozens, and dozens of cookies I’ve made, I’ve somehow never made sugar cookies. This just moved to the top of my to bake list.


  7. Kathy (@kathdiaz) — April 24, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    I love coconut and I love lime. I might have to try this with grapefruit. Looks amazing!


  8. Daydreamer Desserts — April 24, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    These cookie sounds fantastic, and how fitting… I just happened to bring home with me with a bag full of key limes from the market today. :)


  9. Jessica @ How Sweet — April 24, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    Those just sound fabulous! Lime is by far my favorite citrus fruit.


  10. jacquie — April 25, 2010 at 12:42 am

    those sound great. love the citrus and coconut combination. did you use fresh lime juice? i wasn’t sure if 1 lime (for the zest) would provide enough juice or not.


  11. merry jennifer — April 25, 2010 at 7:26 am

    I’m bookmarking the recipe in my favorites file. Haven’t made them yet, but based on your review – and the fact that you didn’t change a thing — tells me that it must be one great cookie. I love lime (well, any citrus) and I like the idea of the coconut in them.


  12. hannah @ thepastrykook — April 25, 2010 at 9:02 am

    thanks for sharing this recipe! citric acid is one of my first loves (:


  13. CaSaundra — April 25, 2010 at 9:17 am

    These are a perfect flavor combo for summer!!


  14. Katrina — April 25, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Lime is such a great idea!! I can’t wait to try.


  15. Maria — April 25, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Love these! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I am sure they will be a new favorite!


  16. Barbara @ VinoLuciStyle — April 25, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    I’m a sucker for anything lime…lime in coke, limeade over lemonade, lime bars (yes I’ve done that!). The addition of coconut seems a great touch; will have to try these.


    • Sheena — May 26, 2010 at 11:51 pm

      okay. just reading your post made me wanna kill for a diet coke with lime. holy god. it’s been ages.

  17. I have to make these soon! I just have to.
    Chewy cookies are my favorite, and I love lime!


  18. lori vakiener/astheroshe — April 25, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    I love lime and coconut together! Great JOB!


  19. Katy — April 25, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    These look so, so good. I’m making these tomorrow!


  20. Kirstin — April 25, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    I always seem to have too many limes around, this recipe would be great to use them up!


  21. Bec — April 25, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    These look fantastic! I had the cherry chocolate scones earmarked for today but now I don’t know what to do… surely the solution is to bake both!?


  22. Karen — April 25, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    i’m definitely going to try these out!! looks absolutely so cute and sweet!!


  23. hello kitty lamp — April 25, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    These look high in sugar, but ever so delicious!


  24. Heidi — April 25, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    What timing! I just posted a lime bread recipe on my blog about 2 minutes ago. This weekend I bought a large bag of limes at Costco and have been trying to think of different things to make with them. I found a Trisha Yearwood lime cake recipe that I’m going to try on Tuesday and now I come across your terrific looking cookies! Yeah! Can’t wait to make them. Thanks for sharing.


  25. Kare — April 26, 2010 at 12:12 am

    These look absolutely terrific! Sweet, refreshing, delish. My favorite sugar cookie recipe has a good hit of lemon zest – citrus seems to take sugar cookies to a new dimension.


  26. Michelle — April 26, 2010 at 12:47 am

    I’m glad I’m not the only person who uses the adjective “limey.”


  27. Memoria — April 26, 2010 at 1:33 am

    These cookies look incredible!! Bookmarking this.


  28. Lori @ RecipeGirl — April 26, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Wow, these look really good. I love lime… and in a cookie is a brilliant idea!


  29. pietra — April 26, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Put the lime in the coconut, perfect.


  30. Double Dipped Life — April 26, 2010 at 11:19 am

    What a perfect match up! Love coconut and love lime!


  31. Shauna from Piece of Cake — April 26, 2010 at 11:40 am

    I’ve been on a total lime bender as of late. It’s really a problem. These will fit the bill just fine!


  32. Jackie — April 26, 2010 at 11:59 am


    You have a plate of thin cookies and a glass of milk displayed on your site. What kind of cookies are they.


  33. Rick — April 26, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Must bake!


  34. julia — April 26, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. I am wiping the drool from mouth keyboard. I can’t wait to make them!


  35. Cherine — April 26, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Those look perfect with a cup of coffee!


  36. Valen — April 26, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    Wow, I love sugar cookies, especially chewy ones, with the added lime these are probably heaven!


  37. Meg B — April 26, 2010 at 2:29 pm


    Must make. Now. I’m already pre-heating the oven and I type this!
    Thank you for sharing.


  38. kallie — April 26, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    WOW those babies look divine! i might have to temporarily life my no-baking policy (i have a history of burnt baked goodies) and give’em a try!


  39. kirbie — April 27, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    These cookies look delicious! I love the white color!


  40. Chris — April 28, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Made these last night, love them! Think I’ll use even more lime next batch. Oh, by the way, this is the yummiest cookie dough ever, I’m surprised we had cookies!


    • Jamie — April 28, 2010 at 9:40 pm


      So glad you liked them…the dough is amazing isn’t it?!?

  41. DessertForTwo — April 28, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Making these tonight! Thanks for sharing what could possibly be my new favorite cookie! I LOVE lime! :)


  42. Rose in Ohio (@RoseMillsOhio) — April 28, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    I couldn’t wait. Made these tonight and they are my idea of the perfect cookie. Love the citrus flavor. And the coconut adds the chewiness I enjoy. Simply wonderful. However, there is one small problem–
    I can’t stop eating them.
    Please send help immediately.


  43. Amy @ Ess Eppis — May 1, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    those are gorgeous!


  44. Missy — May 2, 2010 at 8:25 am

    Hey, I just tried these out for a party and they were great! I loved the lime/coconut combination. Thanks for the post :)


  45. megan — May 4, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    These sound amazing! I love lime!


  46. Amanda — May 5, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Hi, I’d like to make these for my fiance (who loves lime and sugar cookies), but he doesn’t like coconut. Do you think the recipe would turn out ok without the coconut, or should I substitute something else?


    • Jamie — May 5, 2010 at 10:35 pm

      Thanks for commenting, they are delish even without the coconut!!

  47. Jin — May 6, 2010 at 3:55 am

    I made the cookies yesterday, and they are great!


  48. Allison — May 6, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    I made these cookies yesterday & they are delicious!! Thanks for the awesome recipe!


  49. toni — May 7, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    I am planning to make these tomorrow and then another batch to take to our mothers day celebration. Am I missing where it tells me how many cookies the recipe makes or is it according to the size I roll them? Thanks
    Toni G


    • Jamie — May 7, 2010 at 1:42 pm

      This recipe makes about 24-30 cookies depending on size. Enjoy!

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