Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Lime Meltaway Christmas Cookies + #Giveaway News from Cleo Coyle #ChristmasCookies

This is an exciting week for my husband and I. We are (at last!) celebrating the release of our brand new Coffeehouse Mystery, Brewed Awakening...and already at work on our next one for our longtime publisher. More to come soon on that. In the meantime, we hope you will pick up our new release and read with joy!

By now, many of you are shopping for holiday gifts, decorating your homes, and even baking up goodies. Or maybe you’re ahead of the curve and already completed your list of holiday tasks, good for you. 

Us? We're not even close!

We have our little tree up in our living room, and even a tiny, desktop tree blinking away at night in our bedroom. But because of our new Coffeehouse Mystery release, our holiday baking is coming later this month.

Today we're sharing a holiday cookie we'll be making, and (below) we'll tell you why it's one of our favorites for this time of year...

A Note from Cleo
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We love this cookie! And here's why:

(1) The pretty, snow-dusted orbs look impressive on holiday dessert and party trays, yet require no special decorating skills to make. 

(2) These babies pack wonderful flavor into every meltaway bite. They also freeze beautifully. Yes! You can make them ahead of time, freeze them, and thaw before serving. 

(3) It's a cookie outside the usual box of holiday spices. Don't get us wrong. We love gingerbread and the traditional mix of Christmas ginger, cinnamon, and cloves. We've published enough recipes using them, too. But not everyone is a fan of traditional holiday flavors. These lime meltaway cookies bring lovely flavor to the party with flecks of "green" appropriate for "red and green" Christmas colors while also adding variety to your cookie tray.

May you bake them with love and eat with holiday joy! 

~ Cleo 

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☕ Cleo Coyle’s 
Lime Meltaway Cookies

Makes about 2 dozen cookies


1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar 
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons fresh lime zest* (see my lime note below)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice* (see my lime note)

For sugar-dusting:

1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons lime zest* (see my note)

*Lime Note: If you can’t find Key limes (best choice), simply substitute the more common (Persian) limes for this recipe. The tart flavor will be less intense, but the cookies will still taste delicious. For best results, do not use bottled or pre-packaged lime juice. Use fresh! 

Warning: Lime juice may curdle your butter so follow this recipe's directions. Do not add the lime juice to the dough until the end of the mixing process.

Directions: First preheat your oven to 325° F. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar with an electric mixer. Blend in the vanilla extract, salt, and lime zest.

Add the flour and baking powder, and mix very briefly until a shaggy dough forms.

Now add your lime juice and mix until a smooth dough comes together, but do not over-mix or you will develop the gluten in the flour, and your cookies will be tough instead of tender.

Roll the dough into balls
about one inch in diameter.

Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone sheet and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. The cookies are done when bottoms are slightly browned.

Note that cookies are fragile while warm, so handle with care.

To finish, mix ½ cup confectioners’ sugar with 2 teaspoons lime zest in a shallow bowl. While cookies are still warm, gently roll them, one at a time, in the bowl of sugar and lime zest.

After all the cookies are coated, finish by sprinkling any remaining sugar-lime mixture over the cookie tops.

Store cooled cookies in an airtight plastic container. These cookies also freeze very well. I store my extras in freezer-safe resealable plastic bags.

Eat with holiday joy! 

~ Cleo Coyle

New York Times bestselling author
The Coffeehouse Mysteries &
Haunted Bookshop Mysteries

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  1. Yum! I'm trying different cookies this year and these are going on the list.

    1. That's wonderful, Alicia, thank you for giving them a try. Marc and I hope they bring comfort and joy to your holiday season!

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  2. I can just imagine the lime buzz on my tongue! Lovely.

    1. "Lime buzz!" I have never read those two words together, and yet...perfect. Exactly what it’s like. Cheers, Libby, have a delicious holiday season!


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    1. Thank you, Pat, we would pass you a few cookies through the screen if we could. (Now where is that "taste here" button? :))

      Happy Holidays to you!

      ~ Cleo
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  4. I don't think I have ever eaten a lime cookie before. It sounds tasty.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

    1. Thank you, Linda. I think citrus is a nice flavor to add to a winter menu. It's bright and cheerful. I'm a fan of lime, especially, even more than lemon, and enjoy cooking with the flavor. Thanks for dropping in today...

      May your holiday season be delicious!

      ~ Cleo Coffeehouse Mystery.com
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  5. What a great idea! You can never go wrong with citrus for any season, but for Christmas? Even better!

  6. Well I love key lime pie so this sounds good.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

  7. Thank you for this egg-free cookie recipe. Happy season y'all.

  8. I love meltaways! I've never tried this one, added it to my list for next week. =) Thank you for sharing! Happy Holidays!