I didn’t do much this Cinco de Mayo… paid rent, watched a little Buffy and cooked a little something up with limes. Lime Meltaways, actually.

I’d had meltaways before, but never attempted to make them before. Boy howdy are these things easy peasy! Just mix up a couple o’ items, shape ’em, bake ’em and dust ’em with sugar. Woot woot! Stumbled across this recipe via a tremendous cookie blog, written by a lil’ lady who’s baking her way through Martha Stewart’s Cookies cookbook.

Started out by zesting 2 limes…

Whisked together 1 3/4 cup flour, 2 tbsp cornstarch and 1/4 tsp salt…

In a separate bowl, I placed 1.5 sticks of unsalted butter with 1 cup confectioner’s sugar…

And mixed it all up! I started out using the electric mixer, but I didn’t like how things were going, so I opted for my trusty silicone spatula.

Then I added in the lime zest, along with 2 tbsp of lime juice and 1 tbsp vanilla extract to the creamed butter.

Mixed it all up again.

Added the flour mixture and you guessed, mix it all up!

Divided the dough in half and rolled each portion in wax paper into a log-like shape, measuring roughly 1.5 inches in diameter. Had I been a little more diligent, I’d have tried to make a better log shape, but honestly, I couldn’t be bothered – I just wanted cookies!

Once I had two neat little log-esque packages of meltaway dough, I popped them into the fridge to firm up. The recipe suggests at least an hour – I think I waited about 3.

Once they were good & firm, I sliced each one into “rounds” (more like rectangles, but semantics darling…) of about 1/4 inch thick.

Lined my baking sheets with parchment paper and spaced the meltaways about an inch apart. Can I just take a moment to extoll the virtues of parchment paper? I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to get on board, but it really is an extraordinary product! Bakeable paper that makes it so I don’t have to scour baking pans nor do I have to sacrifice delicate foods to the i’m-hopelessly-stuck-to-the-pan-and-not-going-anywhere gods. Parchment paper, for real.

Into the oven they went – 350 degrees, 13 minutes, rotated once halfway through. You want them to be just a tad golden. I ended up keeping them in the oven for an additional 2 minutes, but that’ll be entirely dependent upon your oven situation. Once they were done and while they were still warm, I tossed each one in a ziploc of confectioner’s sugar which provided a delicious thorough dusting! Then just let them cool on my trusty rack.

Absolutely fucking delicious. So delicious, in fact, that I couldn’t help stealing a couple o’ bites.

Mmm, Lime Meltaways!

Recipe adapted from Every Last Cookie

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