They're beautiful aren't they these snow-dusted lovelies? Reminds me of Christmas. The flavour is all at once sweet, slightly mouth-puckeringly-sour from the lime juice and melts in your mouth. I've made them more than a few times over the years. So here's the recipe and a big thanks to Martha Stewart for it!
Note: I've changed the original cup measurements to metric as I prefer to weigh my ingredients for consistent results.
Adapted from Martha Stewart
180g butter, softened
100g icing sugar, sifted
225g plain flour, sifted
15g cornflour, sifted
1/4 teaspoon salt
Zest from 3 limes
2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lime juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
1/2 teaspoon sweetened lime paste (optional)
Green food colouring (optional)
Icing sugar, to coat
- Cream salt, butter and icing sugar about 2 minutes with electric mixer.
- Add in lime zest, vanilla, lime paste and juice. Mix about 1 minute.
- Gently fold in by hand the plain flour and cornflour.
- Add tiny drops of green food colouring into the dough mixing gently until you achieve the intensity of colour you like, then stop.
- Divide the dough and roll in two separate pieces of baking paper. Twist the ends close and leave it in the fridge for 2 hours or overnight.
- Preheat oven to 150 Celsius. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
- Remove a roll from the fridge and cut into slices with a sharp knife. Place slices on the lined baking tray, leaving some space in between each one as they will expand a bit. (Leave the remaining roll in the fridge for the time being)
- Put the baking tray into the oven and bake for about 20 - 30 minutes until the edges of the biscuits just turn a little brown. Remove from the oven and let it cool on wire racks.
- Continue with the remaining roll in the fridge or leave it for a biscuit craving later in the week.
- Once cool, coat in icing sugar on all sides, place in paper cases and store in an air-tight container.