Key Lime Meltaway Shortbread


Sometimes I like simple things.

A hug from my kids.

A good book.

Sleeping in.


And while I make crazy desserts with lots of stuff put in them, sometimes I just like a simple cookie.

With citrus.

It’s true.


The problem with lemon, orange or key lime desserts in my house is that no one likes them except me.

Which translates into me eating almost the entire tray of cookies and then self-loathing for not being able to stop eating cookies and swearing that I will never eat another cookie until I reach my goal weight…and then going back and eating the last cookie because it would be wrong to leave just one on the plate and that starting TOMORROW…


I gave my husband one of these cookies to try and he literally made the worst possible scrunched up face I have ever seen, like I was feeding him poison or something and said, “AAHH, What ARE these…YUCK!

I keep trying to convince him citrus is cool, but I really need to find a new battle.

So I try not to make simple, citrusy cookies.

But I made an exception this week.  Because it’s Mother’s Day on Sunday and if there’s ever a day to self-loathe…wait…that didn’t come out right.


The thing about these cookies, please know, that they are “Meltaways” which means they have cornstarch in them giving them a soft, melty texture.

I love meltaways.  LOVE.

My husband does not, however…remember the scrunched up poison face?

But since this is my site, not his, I say make them, eat them and love every second of it!


Key Lime Meltaway Shortbread.

PhotobucketFirst make your dough. It’s simple, just a few ingredients…
PhotobucketThen divide it in half and roll it into 2 equal 10″ logs…I hate the word log.
PhotobucketWrap those in cling wrap and stick in the fridge for a few hours…
PhotobucketWhen they are nice and chilled, slice them with a sharp knife…
PhotobucketAnd bake them on a parchment lined baking sheet.
PhotobucketWhen they are done and cooled, you need to make the glaze.
PhotobucketThrow it all in a bowl and stir it up…
PhotobucketSpoon a little on your cookie…
PhotobucketAnd then smush it around a little.
PhotobucketAnd let them set up.
PhotobucketThen you can eat them and decide if meltaways are for you, or if they cause you to make scrunched up poison faces.

I sure hope not.

Key Lime Meltaway Shortbread
makes approx 24 cookies
  • 1½ cups flour
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1½ Tbsp Key Lime Juice
  • 1¼ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 3 Tbsp Key Lime juice
  1. Combine flour, powdered sugar, salt and cornstarch in a bowl, set aside.
  2. Beat butter until smooth. Slowly add in dry ingredients and key lime juice. Mix until dough just comes together.
  3. Divide dough in half and shape each half into 10 inch logs.
  4. Wrap them in cling wrap and chill for at least 2 hours.
  5. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350° and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Remove dough from fridge and cut into ¼" slices with a sharp knife.
  7. Bake for 9-10 minutes until cookies are set and edges just start to brown.
  8. Cool on a wire rack completely before glazing.
For glaze:
  1. Combine powdered sugar, lime zest and lime juice in a medium bowl and stir until smooth.
  2. Spoon a teaspoon of glaze on each cookie and gently spread around until cookie is coated.
  3. Let glaze set, approx 30 minutes.
recipe adapted from Land O' Lakes
Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
Cookies are very tender because of the high cornstarch content, so handle carefully.


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80 Comments on "Key Lime Meltaway Shortbread"


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Caroline @ chocolate & carrots
May 10, 2012 7:43 am

I’ve found a new love for citrus during this pregnancy. These look amazingly tart and sweet! 😀

Miriam @ Overtime Cook
May 10, 2012 7:43 am

These cookies look amazing! Luckily I don’t share your husband’s hatred of citrus goodies. I’m totally going to make these!

Blog is the New Black
May 10, 2012 8:15 am

Well, if he hates citrus, more for you!

May 10, 2012 8:16 am

These look so good -I love all things key lime and I will definitely be giving these a try.

Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more

oh I love melt away type cookies, so good!

May 10, 2012 8:45 am

I am totally on your side of the great citrus divide!

Andrea J
Andrea J
May 10, 2012 8:53 am

I will be giving these a try! Love anything with.key lime! Thanks.

Cookbook Queen
May 10, 2012 9:03 am

I love love citrus anything!! My husband doesn’t either. Apparently husbands have horrible taste.

I wish I had a few dozen of these on Mother’s Day!!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
May 10, 2012 9:05 am

These sound so yummy!

Jenny Flake
May 10, 2012 9:38 am

I can picture myself eating these and being very very happy. Need!!

Lori @ RecipeGirl
May 10, 2012 9:44 am

Girl, you have melted my heart w/ your melt away shortbread. That’s my cheesy comment of the morning. Dig it 😉

jersey girl
May 10, 2012 10:04 am

I’m not sure about the lime but I think I would love them with lemon instead!

They do look good though. I would try them and promise not make the poison face!

Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
May 10, 2012 10:21 am

Can I order a dozen of these? Mercy!

Mal @ The Chic Geek
May 10, 2012 10:27 am

I just love citrus desserts, these look fantastic, I need to make them soon!

May 10, 2012 10:43 am

wow – just beautiful shortbread cookies and I love the lime. It’s perfect for summer!

May 10, 2012 10:45 am

My kind of shortbread! LOVE lime!

Katrina @ In Katrina
May 10, 2012 11:04 am

Okay. Mother’s Day 2012. No calories count. I’m going to eat this whole batch. Let’s make this work.

May 10, 2012 11:26 am

These looks fantastic. I’ll definitely give these a try. Thanks!

Averie @ Averie Cooks
May 10, 2012 11:52 am

I wish one of these would melt-away in my mouth!

Emily @ AVerySweetLife
May 10, 2012 12:19 pm

Those look delicious! I think I’m the only citrus lover in my house as well, but I’d definitely be willing to make these for myself. I love shortbread and haven’t seen any other “melt-away” recipes. Plus they would be great for the upcoming warm months.

May 10, 2012 12:33 pm


May 10, 2012 1:26 pm

Everything about these make me happy! I can’t wait to try them! YUM!!

May 10, 2012 1:32 pm

oh baby!

can i come live in your house to save you the angst of having to eat all the citrus desserts?! they’re my fave!

Rachel Cooks
May 10, 2012 1:33 pm

These look so delicious–I’m with you, I’d end up eating them all b/c my husband isn’t a citrus fan either…

May 10, 2012 1:47 pm

Brilliant idea! THey’re so pretty, too. I love the little dollop of icing. You could do this in so many wonderful flavors! Strawberry icing on a lemon cookie….I can’t wait to play with this one!

Jen of My Tiny Oven
May 10, 2012 2:05 pm

I wish I lived at your house, I love citrus desserts!!! I would have no problem putting away a tray or 2 of these!
I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

May 10, 2012 2:09 pm

wow. this sounds fantastic!

May 10, 2012 2:34 pm

I LOVE meltaway cookies. And I REALLY love lime cookies. I always think I don’t, and then I eat one because I’m bored or peer pressured into it, and then I can’t stop. Anyway. These look awesome 🙂

May 10, 2012 2:43 pm

that is funny. there is a lot of words i hate lol. i thought i was the only one!!!

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

My husband loves anything with key lime, he would be all over these cookies! I will have to keep them in mind for Father’s Day 🙂

Heidi BundlesOf Hugs
May 10, 2012 2:56 pm

Yum, I love these! Simple ingredients too, I can do this 🙂

May 10, 2012 3:08 pm

See I love citrus too! My kids rarely touch desserts that aren’t drenched in chocolate, peanut butter, caramel or frosting! These look perfect for spring. Great for a girls tea party! Love it.

May 10, 2012 3:50 pm

Shortbread cookies can’t be beat. Love the key lime!

Rachel @ Baked by Rachel
May 10, 2012 4:03 pm

Calling them meltaways makes me want to eat them that much more.

May 10, 2012 4:53 pm

From the consistency of the cookie, it’s making me think nut-less limey thumbprints. Which is a good thing!

May 10, 2012 10:25 pm

These look incredible – and that glaze – oh goodness. *swoon*

May 10, 2012 11:15 pm

If I didn’t like you so much, this might have made me hate you! I CANNOT STOP THINKING ABOUT THESE! They look WONDERFUL!

Karen @ Sugartown Sweets
May 10, 2012 11:55 pm

Making my scrunched up poison face LoL! I don’t care for soft cookies or key lime either..but wait..these LOOK good. 😉 I really enjoy reading your posts and had a little chuckle with your *log* line..haha!

May 11, 2012 9:37 am

I can’t think of a better thing for Mother’s Day. I love shortbread and I love lime. Yummmm…

Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

What a delicious looking batch of shortbread cookies! They really do look like they could just melt in your mouth. Love your key lime flavor choice, too!

May 11, 2012 11:58 am

I have been on a total citrus kick the past year or so. I have a really hard time finding things that give me the tartness that I crave. Giving these a try on Saturday so I can sit back and enjoy on Mother’s Day…where I will be doing nothing but relaxing!

Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings
May 11, 2012 1:53 pm

We have lots of limes leftover from our Cinco de Mayo party…this well be a great way to use them up 🙂

Erin @ Texanerin Baking
May 11, 2012 3:25 pm

My husband makes that same face pretty often. He even spit something out once. Then I take the same food to a colleague and they freak out and ask for the recipe. Husbands can be kind of dumb, I guess.

I love lime everything! The limier, the better. And these look perfect! You can always make half the recipe. That way you can make all the citrus stuff you want and only eat half of the original recipe. 🙂

Amanda @flecksofgreen
May 11, 2012 4:32 pm

Key lime is my most favorite flavor! I am always looking for new recipes and your blog is full of them! Thank you for sharing all your great recipes; I will definitely be back on a daily basis to check out all your new recipes to come!

May 11, 2012 9:26 pm

My brother and father HATE citrus also and I just can’t understand why they want to ruin EVERY holiday for me by forbidding that it appear at the table. FOR SHAME.

If you ever want to share any citrus, I’m here for you. Ready and waiting to self loathe together.

May 11, 2012 11:55 pm

These look so delicious !

May 12, 2012 12:25 am

Made these tonight and they are amazing!! My hubs and I devoured them! I couldnt keep my hubby out of the raw dough! lol! One heads up tho …on the glaze ingredients, you dont have a measurement listed for the powdered sugar…I figured it was cups, and I was right lol.

Thanks for the great cookie recipe!

May 12, 2012 2:12 am

I can’t believe how creative you are! These look delicious!

Debra Kapellakis
Debra Kapellakis
May 12, 2012 7:25 am

You cracked me up with the hubby story! You had me hooked at the get go…Lime, Shortbread, Meltaway, all irresitable words in my book! YUM!

May 12, 2012 10:47 am

Sounds delicious. I’d like to make these. I’m relatively new to baking, so I must ask– do you use unsalted or salted butter in this recipe? Thanks.