Lime Shortbread Cookies With White Chocolate and Almonds

"Published in Bon Appetit April 2009."
photo by alligirl photo by alligirl
photo by alligirl
Ready In:
1hr 15mins
24 cookies




  • Preheat oven to 325°F Butter 13x9x2 inch metal baking pan. Blend flour, sugar, and salt in processor. Add butter, 2 tablespoons lime peel, and vanilla; process just until blended and dough forms clumps. Press evenly into prepared baking pan. Pierce dough all over with fork. Using sharp knife, cut dough into 12 inch squares, cutting through dough completely, then cut each square in half on diagonal, forming 24 triangles total.
  • Bake shortbread until golden brown, crisp around edges, and firm to touch, about 45 minutes. Remove from oven. Using sharp knife, immediately recut shortbread, gently separating triangles. Cool shortbread in pan on rack.
  • Place white chocolate in small metal bowl. Set bowl over small saucepan of gently simmering water and stir just until chocolate is melted and smooth. Remove bowl from over water. Using fork, drizzle melted chocolate in zigzag pattern over shortbread. Sprinkle evenly with almonds and remaining 1 tablespoon lime peel. Let stand until chocolate sets, about 1 hour.

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  1. Darkhunter
    I just had to try these after seeing the beautiful picture Slatts posted! One word.......absofreakin'lutelywonderful! I did try a little different way to go with the lime zest. I added it to the chocolate before drizzling it over the shortbread. And then used more sprinkled over the cookie. These will be made again, Queen Dana, and thnx for posting it. Made for the Voracious Vagabonds of ZWT 6.
  2. Slatts
    These are very tasty but I did not get a lot of lime flavor. Maybe a little lime juice in the dough mixture might kick up the lime a bit more. I loved the white chocolate and almond topping. Will make these again soon but up the lime zest and add a bit of juice.
  3. alligirl
    MY, oh, my, these are tasty! And super easy. I needed something to give as a gift on the last day of school, so I got up early and got these made. They came together quickly and I followed the recipe, as written. I had a little trouble with my white chocolate, though no fault of the recipe. The lime is a lovely flavor and very complimentary! I have already been told I need to make them again! I did lined my pan with wax paper, before buttering, for ease of removal. Thanks for sharing these gems, Queen Dana. Made for ZWT.


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