Hey y’all! I’m Marye from Restless Chipotle and I’m glad to be back here on Made From Pinterest! Today I’m sharing my tangy lime snaps St. Patrick’s Day cookies. You are going to love both the flavor and the texture of these unique treats — and they are super easy to make, too. Added bonus?
They’re the perfect color for St. Patrick’s Day cookies!
Sometimes I feel sorry for St. Patrick. I mean he started out as a Saint and ended up being celebrated with green food and drink with random leprechauns to add to the chaos. Apparently I do not have enough Irish in my Heinz 57 DNA to have a real appreciation for the holiday. Still, I do like any excuse to make something fun for the family, and so I took my old recipe for lemon snaps and tweaked it to make these lime snaps cookies.
When I was little we used to visit relatives in Michigan (Lapeer and Howell, y’all). My mom was from a large family and most of them had continued the farm life when they grew up. I loved everything about those visits but one of the things I loved most of all was walking (by myself!) to Gramma Great’s house. Gramma Great was not my grandmother, she was the mom of my aunt and great-grandmother to some of my cousins (I was next to the youngest cousin – there are something like 30 years between my oldest cousin and me). She was ancient but she lived by herself in the house my aunt grew up in just a short walk along the edge of the cornfield from my aunt’s house. I loved to sit and listen to her stories of when Michigan was kind of the “frontier” (she was born in something like 1880?). I also loved the lemon snaps cookies and milk that she always seemed to put out for me — fresh, raw milk that had still been in the cow a few hours before. When I got older, I got the recipe from my aunt and that is the recipe that I have tweaked here. I mean, they didn’t used to be St. Patrick’s Day cookies… but work with me here, ok?
The color is something like green Play-do but the my kids loved them despite (maybe because of?) the odd color. The cookies are crispy on the outside with an impossibly thin crispy sugar layer and then chewy on the inside. There’s enough lime to wake your mouth right up but enough sweetness to keep it from making you wince.
The trick to the perfect texture of these pretty St. Patrick’s Day cookies is to take them out of the oven just before you think they are done — when they are still a little soft on the top. They’ll continue cooking as they cool and you’ll get that perfect, chewy cookie. If you like them crisper then you can press the cookie dough balls down with the bottom of a cup dipped in the sugar and cook them just a touch longer.
Tangy Lime Snaps Cookies for St. Patrick's Day
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 3 tablespoons lime juice
- 1½ teaspoon lime extract or lemon extract if you can't find lime
- Zest from 1 lime
- Green gel food coloring
- 3½ cups flour
- 2½ teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Lemonade mix or green sugar for rolling
- Preheat oven to 375F.
- Cream butter and sugar together until fluffy.
- Beat in the eggs.
- Add the lime juice, zest, and extract.
- Blend in enough food coloring to give you the color you want.
- Mix the dry ingredients and stir in until well blended.
- Roll dough between your hands to form walnut sized balls.
- Roll in lemonade mix or green sugar and place on cookie sheet that is covered with silpat.
- Bake for 10 minutes.
- Remove from oven - gently press down tops while cookies are warm if you need to.
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