Lime Meltaways #SundaySupper

Lime Meltaways

St. Patrick’s Day is a fun holiday.  I’m part Irish and love celebrating a little.  Green is a bright, happy color, and I’m all about four leaf clovers, pots of gold, and anything that might bring good luck.

But it’s a hard food holiday.  Not that many foods are inherently Irish.  I’m not a big fan of the ones that are either.  Corned beef?  No thanks.  Guinness?  Not so much.  I do like mint, but most of the green mint candies out there involve chocolate, and they have become synonymous with St. Patrick’s Day only because they’re green.  I have plenty of red mint candies, but we’re talking March 17, not December 25 here!

Lime Meltaways

Lime Meltaways

So this Sunday Supper is celebrating green foods.  Okay, I realize these aren’t exactly green.  I didn’t go color blind or anything.  I had trouble thinking of many green foods to bake with.  Hopefully my Sunday Supper friends will forgive me because there is some bright green lime zest under all that confectioners’ sugar.  I promise!

These Lime Meltaways taste green.  I was skeptical that a little lime juice and zest would flavor all these cookies, but they pack a serious lime punch.  The bright flavor of these cookies totally made me smile.  The texture is a winner too.  They’re a bit crunchy before living up to their name and basically melting in your mouth.  Green or not, I’m celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with these cookies and you should too!

Lime Meltaways

Lime Meltaways

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 13 minutes

Total Time: 28 minutes

Yield: About 30 cookies


1 ½ sticks unsalted butter, room temperature

1 cup confectioners’ sugar, divided

Zest of 2 limes

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

1 ¾ cup, plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons cornstarch

¼ teaspoon kosher salt


In a large bowl, cream butter and 1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar until light and fluffy. I did this by hand, but a hand or stand mixer would work as well. Add lime zest and juice and vanilla and mix until mostly combined. It’s okay if it doesn’t fully incorporate.

In a medium bowl, stir together flour, cornstarch, and salt. Add to butter mixture and stir until fully incorporated and a soft dough comes together.

Place dough on a large piece of parchment paper and roll into a log 1 ½ - 2 inches in diameter. Place dough in the refrigerator to chill for at least 1 hour and up to overnight.

After dough has chilled, preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment. Cut dough into ¼ - ½ inch thick slices and place on baking sheets about one inch apart.

Bake for about 13 minutes until the bottoms are golden brown but the tops are not. Cool about 10 minutes on trays. Place remaining confectioners’ sugar in a bowl. Coat each cookie fully in confectioners’ sugar before placing is back on the tray to cool completely. Cookies may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.


Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart

Additional chilling time is necessary

Don’t forget to check out the other Sunday Supper recipes!

Green Light Appetizers and Sides


Getting Greens Through Salads


Entreés That Will Leave You Green With Envy


Desserts and Beverages That Will Make Others Turn Green




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  1. I remember my Godmother having a cookie jar stocked with meltaways. Oh YUMMI!

  2. Manu says:

    Delicious looking cookies! I think lime is amazing with desserts! I am saving this recipe!

  3. I love lime everything. I need these now!

  4. Sues says:

    I love lime and these sound perfect!

  5. oh, I love lime shortbread cookies!!!! yum! These are perfection! Happy St Patty’s Day!

  6. I love that you made these lime!! They look just beautiful!!

  7. Liz says:

    I made these years ago! So tasty!!! But I added white chocolate chips which made them so difficult to slice…yours look MUCH better 🙂

  8. Cheryl says:

    You’re forgiven. They sound delicious even if they’re not exactally, technically green. Thanks for sharing! HUGS

  9. These cookies look so light and fresh, Laura! I’m with ya on the standard Irish foods… meat and potatoes? No thanks 😉 These look like a perfect alternative though and sound like a great cookie for the summer!

  10. Thank you so much for this recipe. I’ve had these before and would love to make them. Pinned.

  11. Christy says:

    These sound absolutely perfect! I love that the green is hidden. What a zest and refreshing cookie!

  12. Shaina says:

    I’m not a fan of traditional Irish food either, but lime? Yes please!

  13. I am totally fine with the green being in my mind!

  14. Your lime cookies look like heavenly melt-in-your mouth perfection. So glad you chose and shared these lovely gems, Laura =)

  15. Dina says:

    i love lime cookies. they look so light and lovely!

  16. Debbie Eccard says:

    I love your post! And I love St. Paddy’s Day! May just go have a green beer tonight. And these cookies look delicious and easy to make.

  17. Deb says:

    Such a tempting cookie! Citrus desserts are a favorite of mine and the Lime Meltaways are scrumptious!

  18. I’m with you on the St. Patrick’s Day food… corned beef and cabbage does not get me excited in the least. But these lime meltaways look so good! LOVE lime anything 🙂

  19. I love anything with lime in it! I have never heard of a melt away cookies before, they sound so good!

  20. Anything lime counts as “green” in my book!! Love this idea for St. Paddy’s 🙂

  21. Laura, I love anything with lime or citrus in general so this is right up my alley! Thanks for sharing and have Happy St. Patrick’s Day 🙂

  22. I love meltaways! If only I could figure out how to keep from getting powdered sugar all over!

  23. I just absolutely love it when desserts have lemon or lime zest. It really adds a nice bright flavor! These meltaways look delicious!

  24. OMG! They look so yummy!!

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  25. Joanne says:

    I love lime flavored sweet treats! These cookies would be devoured in NO TIME. I might not even share.

  26. Laura Hunter says:

    Oh wow these look so good, I can’t wait to try them.

  27. Happy {belated} St. Paddy’s day…these are literally melt-in-your-mouth delicious!

  28. Jennifer B. says:

    Approved. 😉

  29. NYUMMY!!!! I just want to take that whole stack of cookies and eat ’em up with one bite!

  30. Risa says:

    My daughter is a HUGE lime fan (me not so much). She is always super surprised when I decide to make a special lime treat just for her. She’s definitely going to go nuts for these!

    • Laura says:

      And these are so easy to make, so it wouldn’t be too much work for you. I think lemon or orange would be a fine substitute too. Thanks for visiting, Risa!

  31. Johlene says:

    I love anything lime.. these look so fresh and rustic..
    I´ve never tasted meltaways though.. but would love to! Xx

  32. These are the type of cookie I cannot keep in the house.
    The way these melt on the tongue–oh it is so hard for me to eat just one.

  33. Mmm, I love this zesty little cookie. I didn’t even post anything for St. Paddy’s Day. I’m so behind on the times.

  34. Lynna says:

    I`ve been wanting to make lime meltaways in forever! This is really tempting me. Haha. It doesn`t matter if they`re not green, they look great!

  35. Round 2: Your lime meltaways still look sublime…Fresh citrus zest always brightens any dish or dessert. #yummy!


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