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Glazed Lime Meltaway Cookies


Want a sweet treat that will blow your taste buds away? These glazed lime meltaway cookies are the thing for you! These are packed with the tart flavor of lime, but balanced with a buttery, melt in your mouth, cookie.

lime cookies stacked on top of one another

What is a meltaway?

A meltaway cookie is pretty much what it sounds like! It seems to just…. melt away in your mouth. It’s super soft, has kind of a buttery texture, and oh so delicious! The way you’re able to achieve this type of cookie is to omit any egg and baking powder. For these glazed lime meltaway cookies, I’ve also used powdered sugar instead of granulated sugar to enhance that texture even more.

How to glaze a cookie

To make a glaze, you usually combine powdered (or confectioner’s) sugar with a liquid of some sort. This liquid can vary depending on the type of flavor you’re looking to achieve. In these cookies, I’ve decided to enhance that lime flavor and use fresh lime juice as the liquid.

In this recipe, you’ll notice I also use a tiny bit of milk in my glaze. This is completely optional is dependent on your taste! When I tested this and used just lime juice, I found it to be a little overpowering and a smidge artificial tasting. The milk was the perfect addition to help balance that out. Choose a method of glazing as you’d like!

glaze being drizzled on a cookie

Choose any method of glazing you’d like!

  • Drizzling on top
  • Dunking into glaze bowl
  • Spreading a dollop over the top
  • Coating half the cookie

I chose to drizzle the glaze on my cookies for aesthetic reasons and it actually was just enough glaze to not overpower the cookie flavor itself.

lime cookies with glaze on parchment paper

Suggestions for making more

This is a small batch recipe and yields 1 dozen (12 cookies). If you’d like to make more, simply double or triple the recipe. My suggestion if you do this is to scoop and roll out your dough and fill up 2 baking trays, then place the rest of the dough in the fridge while the first batch is baking. If your dough gets too warm sitting out, it will be harder to roll into balls.

I’ve tested this recipe where I baked cookies immediately after baking the dough and after cooling in the fridge for 15 minutes. I’m happy to say the cookies came out pretty much the same both ways so no need to worry about any differences there!

lime cookies laying on counter
lime cookies laying on counter

Glazed Lime Meltaway Cookies

Not sure what to do with your leftover limes? Try these super easy and delicious lime meltaway cookies with glaze!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 22 mins
Course : Dessert
Cuisine : American
Servings : 12 cookies


Lime Cookies

  • 1 stick of unsalted butter softened to room temperature
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice

Lime Glaze

  • ½ cup powdered (confectioners) sugar
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp milk optional****


  • Preheat oven to 350° and line baking sheet with parchment paper
  • Beat softened butter and powdered sugar together on medium speed, until smooth and creamy
  • Mix in lime juice to butter and sugar bowl, until combined
  • In a separate bowl, mix flour, lime zest, and salt together. Add this into creamed mixture until well combined
  • Using a large spoon, scoop out roughly a tablespoon sized amount of dough and roll into a ball*. Place on baking sheet with about 2 inch spacing between cookies
  • Bake for 10-14 minutes**
  • While cookies are baking, make lime glaze and set aside
  • After baking, let rest for 2 minutes then place cookies on cooling rack


* If dough is too sticky, stick it in the fridge for roughly 5-10 minutes until you can roll it into a ball
** Ovens will vary and cookies are difficult to judge. My cookies took 12-14 minutes to bake, but that might be too long for your oven. Check at the 10 minute mark and if your cookies are able to be moved/picked up and have a slightly golden bottom, take them out of the oven to cool 
*** This recipe yields 1 dozen (12 cookies total). If you make more than this, you may need to work in batches. I recommend placing your unused dough in the fridge while your 1st batch bakes in the oven
**** I used milk to dilute the glaze a little bit. I found if I used just lime juice and sugar, it tasted like artificial candy. The milk made it more natural tasting!

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