Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 13 mins

This cookie comes from British Guyana. The recipe is from "The Joy of Cookies" by Sharon Tyler Herbst. You can also add 1 cup of toasted almonds or grated coconut to the dough before rolling it into balls if you wan't something a little different. Prep time is a guess.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees farenheit. Grease 3 to 4 large baking sheets.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon; set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter, sugar and lime zest until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in lime juice. Stir in flour mixture 1/2 cup at a time, blending well after each addition.
  4. Place sugar-spice mixture in a small bowl. Roll rounded teaspoons of dough into 1-inch balls. Roll balls in sugar-spice mixture; arrange, 1 inch apart, on prepared baking sheets. Use a decorative cookie stamp or the bottom of a glass to flatten balls slightly.
  5. Bake 13 to 16 minutes, or until deep golden brown on the bottom. Cool on racks. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week or freeze for longer storage.


Most Helpful

I made these cookies and followed the recipe exactly as written. They were amazing! I've never had lime cookies before and wasn't honestly surprised by how good they were. I will definitely be making them again!

Ashley G. October 15, 2016

UPDATE: Tried these again making adjustments as suggested by local expats: I used 50/50 margarine and butter, added extra flour due to the water content of CR's butter and moved my oven rack up a level. THAT'S THE TICKET!!! These cookies are AMAZING!!! Original Review: These cookies have an amazing flavor! I'd like to give them five stars, except mine spread way too thin and I ended up with one great big cookie-sheet sized cookie! However, this may not be the fault of the recipe, since the same thing happened yesterday with another cookie. My bad oven, or maybe its the Costa Rican butter; sigh... I love the combination of the lime with the cinnamon and nutmeg - even though we ended up with a not-very-pretty cookie, they disappeared pretty quickly! Yum! Thanks for posting!

Jostlori September 19, 2012

Great cookies! I substituted about a third of the butter for apple sauce, added a teaspoon of soy lecithin to the dough, reduced the sugar to 3/4 of a cup, and mixed in some shredded sweetened coconut to half of the dough. They came out as little balls of yumminess. The outside of the cookies are slightly hard and crispy but the insides are soft and chewy! They're kind of like a butter/shortbread cookie (as Len23 said), but a chewier on the inside. I will definitely be adding more lime next time though. The lime flavor was great in the dough before I baked it -- my husband didn't want to stop eating it. But it became much more subdued after baking. We really like the tartness of the lime to come through! Thanks for posting!

Idealyst84 November 21, 2010

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