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Guyanese Lime Cookies


Guyanese Lime Cookies

Patricia Reitz

  Guyanese Lime Cookies - ButterYum

Guyanese Lime Cookies - ButterYum

I had a couple of leftover limes in the fridge and I was in the mood to make cookies so I found this recipe online.  I honestly would have passed right by it, but I couldn't ignore the fact that it had earned more than fifty 5-star reviews.  Suddenly I needed to find out what all the fuss was about.  Cinnamon and nutmeg are not spices one typically would expect to combine with lime, but together the produce a very complex and sophisticated flavor profile.  Not my favorite, but my husband and daughter absolutely loved them.

Guyanese Lime Cookies

Printable Recipes


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 12 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. and prepare 3 sheet pans with parchment or silpat liners.  
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon; set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, combine 1/3 cup sugar, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon; set aside.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter, 1 cup sugar, and lime zest until fluffy.  
  5. Add lime juice and beat until combined.  
  6. Add reserved flour mixture and mix to combine.
  7. Use a #50 scoop to portion cookie dough into about 36 cookies, roll each portion into a ball and roll in sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon mixture.  
  8. Place on prepared sheet pans, 12 at a time and bake for 10-12 minutes.  
  9. Let cookies rest for 5 minutes before transferring to a rack to cool completely.   Store for up to a week in an airtight container.  Makes 36 cookies.

adapted from allrecipes

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