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Key Lime Bites

Key limes don’t provide much peel, so sometimes I cheat and use regular limes—for the peel only—in these bites. If you can wait, these are even better the next day. —Joni Larsen, Wellington, Utah
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + standing
  • Makes
    2-1/2 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Key lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated Key lime zest
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts
  • ICING:
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup Key lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated Key lime zest


  • Preheat oven to 400°. In a large bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in lime juice and zest. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in nuts.
  • Shape into 1-in. balls. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets; flatten slightly.
  • Bake 8-10 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  • In a small bowl, combine icing ingredients. Dip cookies in icing; allow excess to drip off. Place on a wire rack; let stand until set. Store in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 136 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 69mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • Pookie
    Dec 14, 2019

    These were absolutely horrible. Fell apart at the slightest touch and tastes like a ball of flour. First Taste of Home recipe that was completely inedible. There must be some ingredient(s) missing from this recipe.

  • Teresa
    Aug 25, 2019

    Good flavor, not too sweet but very crumbly and kind of fell apart. I think they need some kind of binder

  • kathleen
    Jul 10, 2019

    can these cookies be frozen and served later???

  • bookhamster
    Feb 19, 2013

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  • marie1206
    Dec 15, 2012

    These cookies are always a hit but I bake them at 375 for 10 mins so they don't brown on the bottom as fast.

  • cathiemh
    Dec 10, 2011

    Are these suppose to have a soft center or be crunchy little bites. Baked for the stated time and they didn't seem done unless that's the way they are suppose to be -moist centers. ?

  • cwynn2
    Sep 21, 2011

    These little cookies are small little bites of a thousand hugs! TO GOOD. A must .

  • carrie carney
    Mar 18, 2011

    My husband loved these and is on a diet and told me I cannot make them again until he is off because he couldn't resist them! I found them to be sticky, but that is because I don't have a wire rack to drain them on. Would most definitely make again.

  • lercher
    Feb 23, 2011

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