Have you ever craved something, let's say a cookie, and could not find a recipe that looked like it would be any good?
That is the predicimate I found myself in when I came up with this recipe. I was fresh off my Lime Bars and I had lime on the brain, but I wanted a cookie. Something subtle, sweet, and creamy with a hint of lime tang. So I searched the internet, looked in various baking books, but I could not find a recipe that met my specifications.
What is an ingenious baker to do? Why, make up her own cookies, of course! I fully expected my first try at this recipe to be a failure. Most of the time my first go at any recipe requires a fair bit or tweaking, but this time was different. I would not add one single tweak. They were crisp at the edges, chewy in the center, creamy from the white chocolate chips, and had a subtle underlying note of lime. Visually, they were really pretty with golden edges, pale centers, and just the right amount of puff. In short, perfect!
I had my husband and co-workers taste test these for me, lest I be blinded by 'mother's love' for my cookies. My husband had four cookies, strictly for quality control purposes he assured me, and declared they were really good and I should not change them. My co-workers did not say much because they all went for seconds with cookie still in their mouths. There were a couple of moans. I took that as a good sign!
So, break out the zester and bake a batch of these refreshing cookies!!
White Chocolate Lime Cookies Yield 5 dozen cookies
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon lime juice
1 tablespoon lime zest
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 - 12 oz bag white chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line two sheet pans with parchment paper.
In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer, sugar and butter until combined but not fluffy.
Add eggs one at a time, then add vanilla, lime juice and lime zest. Mix to combine.
Whisk together flours, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
Mix into creamed mixture until just combined. Fold in the white chocolate chips.
Shape the dough into 1″ balls, and place 2 inches apart on the baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, or until the edges are golden and the centers just set.
Allow to sit on the pan for three minutes before moving to wire racks.
Posted on www.evilshenanigans.com - 3/15/2009