Source: Holiday Recipe Collection

Key Lime Clove Meltaways
These cookies are sure to be a hit at your next gathering.
Serves: 72 cookies
Prep Time: (chill 1 hr.) prep 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes


3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup confectioners’ sugar, divided
1 1/2 tbsp. lime zest, freshly grated
from about 4 Key or 2 regular limes)*
2 tbsp. Key lime juice
1 tbsp. pure vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups, plus 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. ground cloves
2 tbsp. cornstarch
1/4 tsp. salt

In a mixing bowl, combine butter and 1/3 cup of confectioners’ sugar until light and fluffy. Add lime zest, lime juice and vanilla; beat until incorporated.

 In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cloves, cornstarch and salt.

Add dry ingredients to the butter mixture, and mix until well combined.

 Divide dough in half and place each on a piece of wax paper. Shape into two 1-inch logs, using the paper to shape and seal the logs. Chill at least 1 hour or overnight.

 Preheat oven to 350°F.

Remove one log from refrigerator at a time, remove paper, and slice dough into 1/8-inch-thick rounds.

Place 1 inch apart on cool, parchment-lined baking sheets.

Bake until bottoms are barely golden, about 15 min.

Transfer cookies to a cooling rack to cool slightly, 4 to 5 min.

Measure 2/3 cup confectioners’ sugar into a resealable, gallon-size plastic bag. While the cookies are still warm, carefully place a few at a time in the bag, gently toss to coat, and place on rack to cool completely. Coat again before serving as necessary.

Store cookies in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

*Zest using the smallest side of a box grater or cheese grater or a micro plane.