Lime cookies are sweet and full of citrus flavor. Make this recipe using box cake mix and fresh lime for a simple, but delicious, cookie.
Lime is such a refreshing flavor. The bright citrus is amazing in drinks, candy, and even cookies! These lime cookies are flavorful, tart, and delicious. They are also very simple to make! Use a box of cake mix, plus one lime, for these delicious cookies! They turn out like crinkle cookies, so they are pretty too!
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What Makes These Lime Cookies So Delicious?
These lime cookies have a light citrus flavor. That makes them refreshing to eat. They also don’t taste heavy, which is perfect for a party or afternoon snack. And box cake mix is already perfected. So adding the box means your guaranteed a sweet and delicious dessert.
Lime Cookie Ingredients
- Box of white cake mix
- 2 eggs
- Lime juice
- Lime zest
- Green gel food coloring
- Granulated sugar
- Powdered sugar
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How to Make Lime Cookies
Start with a box of vanilla cake mix. Empty it into a large mixing bowl. Then add 2 eggs and 1/4 cup of vegetable oil. This is less oil and fewer eggs than the recipe on the box. And it skips the water completely. Those differences give the cake mix a more dough-like texture for making these cookies.
Next, add the zest of one lime. And 2 tablespoons of lime juice. I prefer freshly squeezed lime juice.
Mix the cake mix, eggs, oil, and lime together using a rubber spatula until a dough forms. Be sure the lime zest is evenly distributed through the dough.
Then add about 1/4 teaspoon of green food coloring. This amount of food coloring makes the cookies bright green. If you use too much, the cookies turn a darker shade of green. The green food coloring is optional. But I like the bright color of the cookies to match the bright citrus flavor.
What Type of Food Coloring is Best?
For this recipe, I used green gel food coloring. When baking, gel food coloring is best. It gives the cookies, or cake, the necessary pigmentation without adding additional moisture. Too much moisture in a dough changes the consistency and may impact how the dough rises or bakes.
Once the dough is thoroughly green, cover the mixing bowl with saran wrap. Chill it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Chilling the dough allows the fat to solidify. This keeps the cookies from spreading as they bake. The lime juice thins these cookies a bit, so chilling for longer than 30 minutes may be a good idea.
Bake in a 350-degree oven for 12 minutes. The bottoms of the cookies should look slightly golden. Allow the cookies to cool completely before enjoying them.
Cooling Longer is Better
While these lime cookies taste delicious warm, they are even better completely cooled. The longer the cookies set, the more time the flavors have to settle. The lime flavor is stronger the longer the cookies set. Similarly to pumpkin cookies, they taste even better the next day.
Best Way to Store Lime Cookies
Store these lime cookies in an airtight container for 5-6 days. But I doubt they will last that long! These cookies are addictively delicious.
More Cookie Recipes
- 1 mixing bowl
- 1 rubber spatula
- 1 silicone baking mat
- 1 cookie sheet
- 1 box white cake mix
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 2 tsp lime zest about 1 lime
- 1 tbsp lime juice 1/2 lime
- granulated sugar
- powdered sugar
- Empty a box of white cake mix into a large mixing bowl.
- Add 2 eggs, 1/4 cup of vegetable oil, 2 tsp lime zest, and 1 tbsp lime juice.
- Mix the cake mix, eggs, oil, and lime using a rubber spatula until a dough forms.
- Add about 1/4 teaspoon of green food coloring to turn the dough bright green. Mix.
- After the dough is thoroughly green, cover the mixing bowl with saran wrap. Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- After the dough is chilled, pour granulated sugar onto a plate. Pour powdered sugar onto a second plate.
- Use a 1" cookie scoop to scoop out the dough. Use your hands to roll the dough into a ball.
- Roll the ball of dough in the granulated sugar. Then in the powdered sugar.
- Place each ball of dough on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- Bake in a 350-degree oven for 12 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool before enjoying.