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Key Lime Sugar Cookie Bars

Key lime cookie recipe; If you like fresh citrus flavor, you’ll love this key lime sugar cookie recipe.

Key Lime Sugar Cookie Bars from Jen's Favorite CookiesSomeday I’m going to come up with a fantastic Key Lime Pie recipe.


In the meantime, I really want that sweet lime flavor in some kind of dessert.

I have a couple sugar cookie recipes that I make regularly.  THIS ONE is the perfect one for rolling and cutting out shapes, but if you’re too impatient to wait for dough to chill, or you are freaked out by shortening, or you just want to make a drop cookie, THIS RECIPE is the one.

It uses a lot of butter, I’ll give you that.  But they mix up so delicious and creamy, you’ll forgive them for it.

Plus, this recipe is great for making in one big pan, and cutting into bars.

Key Lime Sugar Cookie Bars from Jen's Favorite Cookies

I used some lime juice to give these cookies their flavor, and punched them up with more lime juice in the frosting.

The real mystery is why no one in my home seems to be able to identify that flavor.  A few people tried them, and guessed the wrong flavor before I told them they were lime.  I kind of assumed the green frosting would be a big giveaway.

But you know what they say about assuming.

Key Lime Sugar Cookie Bars from Jen's Favorite CookiesKey Lime Sugar Cookie Bars from Jen's Favorite Cookies

You can substitute any citrus juice you like.  I’ve had fantastic luck with both lemon and orange juices, and don’t be surprised if you see a grapefruit or tangerine version on here someday.

Citrusy desserts are just yummy; they have a fresh, clean flavor.  I guess that’s why I wanted to make these in January.  It kind of reminds me of the fresh start you get each new year.  And, much like fresh starts, key lime cookies were also much needed in my life today!

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Key Lime Sugar Cookie Bars
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A lime flavored sugar cookie bar topped with lime frosting.
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 24
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1¾ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ¼ cup lime juice (if using key lime juice, reduce to 2-3 T.)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 3 cups flour
  • 12 T. butter
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • about 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 drop green food coloring
  1. Cream butter and sugar. Add egg, vanilla, and lime juice and mix well.
  2. Add soda, baking powder, and salt and mix well.
  3. Add flour and mix just until combined.
  4. Press dough evenly into a jelly roll pan and bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes, until lightly browned on top.
  5. Remove from oven and let cool.
  6. For Frosting: Combine all ingredients, mixing until smooth and creamy. (If needed, consistency can be adjusted by adding more juice to thin, or more powdered sugar to thicken)
  7. Spread frosting on cooled bars, cut into squares.

If you enjoy this recipe, you might also enjoy:

Funfetti Sugar Cookies from Averie Cooks
Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookie Bars from Cooking Classy
Snowman Snowflake Cookies from Created by Diane

key lime cookie recipe

Pumpkin Swirl Sugar Cookies

This best pumpkin cookie recipe includes chocolate chips and marshmallows. It’s my favorite seasonal pumpkin recipe!  This is the best pumpkin cookie recipe.

pumpkin cookie recipeMy sis-in-law has been making daily trips to the chiropractor.  Which is super duper crappy… for her.  For me, it’s been not so bad, because I volunteered to spend my afternoons with her kindergartener {Hubs calls him Happy Man} and let me tell you, he is a character.

This is the same kid who, two years ago, gave me the full on Ralphie wink-mouthclick-doublefingerguns move.  What do you say to a three year old who does this?!  {P.S. If you don’t get this reference, may I suggest watching this hysterical Christmas movie.  And getting out more.}

The first day I picked him up, we had an interesting conversation which began with this comment from the back seat, “So, how’s your brakes?”

**crickets chirping**  Ummm…

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“Fine, thanks.  How are yours?”  He then regaled me with stories of changing brakes.  This kid and his dad, and my husband, changed the brakes on both families cars one day.  It was months ago, but he remembers it like it was yesterday.  “Yours were so bad, we had to take the whole wheel off!”  {replace the rotor}

The second day, we came up with words that start with the letter “J” as we drove home.  Aunt Jen.  Jellybeans.  Jumprope.  After lunch, I reminded him that pushing in his chair was a necessity, because the dog would certainly jump up on the table and eat his brownie.  And, as we all know, chocolate is poison for dogs, so we have to watch out for that.

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Orange Sugar Cookies

These orange cookies taste fantastic, with the flavor of fresh oranges!  Orange Sugar cookies are so one of my newest favorites.

Orange CookiesSome days just suck.  They suck, I tell you, like a vacuum.  A few days ago, I hit a new low when I was kind of excited to purchase a used vacuum.  It’s not that I can’t afford a new one, but I just really hate spending money on a vacuum.  I did consider buying new.  I even did extensive research on different brands.  (And, by extensive research, I of course mean that I spent 15 minutes looking through reviews on Amazon.)  I ended up deciding the brand I already had was the one I wanted to keep.

I found what appeared to be a decent used one locally, and it was even kind of an upgrade because it’s the commercial version, and obviously newer than my 14-year-old dinosaur.  The seller had some clearly out-of-control dogs and white carpet and kept asking me questions about my old vacuum. Which model is it?  What’s wrong with it?  Is the motor burned out?  I don’t know.  I don’t know.  I don’t know.  It’s fourteen years old, isn’t that reason enough?

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Chocolate Sugar Cookies

A recipe for a dark chocolate rolled sugar cookie embellished with royal icing.

Source:  Annie’s Eats, whose cookies are way cuter than mine.

Yield:  Varies according to cookie cutter size, but I ended up with around 2-3 dozen.

I’ve been meaning to make this recipe for a while now.  I mean, let’s face it, a chocolate sugar cookie is a brilliant idea!  What finally put me over the edge was a recent neighborhood class about using royal icing.  I’m not great at royal icing, I’m a complete novice.  The class was fun and informative, and I decided it was time to put my new knowledge to the test.  These chocolate sugar cookies were the perfect device.

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Christmas Cookies

When you think of holiday desserts, you think of candies and pies, and most of all, cookies, right?  I do.  My sister-in-law and I get together before Thanksgiving every year, and make lots and lots of holiday desserts, and freeze them.  We generally make pumpkin roll, graham cracker pudding (an usual but delicious family recipe that bears absolutely no resemblance to pudding at all), toffee, some kind of candy, and 3 or 4 different kinds of cookies.  It’s a marathon, but the goodies last through the holidays and often well into January!

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Soft Sugar Cookies

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My favorite sugar cookie recipe gets is soft texture from sour cream.  Sugar cookies are easy to customize for any season or holiday.

Source: My mother has been making this recipe for years. I have no idea where she got it. It is the only sugar cookie I have ever known.

Yield: varies, but about 5-6 dozen

I hope you don’t think less of me if I tell you that this cookie I make is amazing. It is delectable. It is soft, and sweet, and creamy, and wonderful. You know those giant sugar cookies with the pink icing that sit near the counter at the gas station? This is just like that. Only, possibly better. I have had numerous people ask me for the recipe, and one friend has told me at least a dozen times how wonderful this cookie is.