Coconut Lime Cookies

5 from 1 vote

Sweet and soft, these Coconut Lime Cookies taste just like vacation! With all the flavors of a tropical beach, you will not regret baking up a batch of these.

coconut lime cookies falling off a black board

Coconut Lime Cookies Recipe

It's no secret that I love living in Arizona. It may be hot, yes, but I love this great state. We frequently visit the mountains where it's cooler (and there's a lake!), but I love the desert parts too.

But Arizona is technically landlocked, and sometimes I really miss living in North Carolina where the beach is just a few hours away! I'm so glad we went to the Outer Banks last summer with family for a little bit of beach time.

So how do I get by without the beach? I bake! I cook! I make tropical smoothies!

These Coconut Lime Cookies are my latest endeavor to bring the beach to Phoenix, and they are so good. Buttery, zesty and sweet, these cookies taste just like vacation.

closeup of the frosting on coconut lime cookies

Why you'll love this recipe

These buttery, light, sweet, and a bit sour cookies are absolutely delicious.

  • If you love tropical flavors, these cookies are for you! They’re baked with a good amount of lime and coconut, then topped with sweet lime glaze.
  • They are easy to make. You don't need much cooking experience to make these cookies.
  • These cookies taste so good! They have the crumbly texture of shortbread.

They would be perfect for a summer party, like a backyard barbecue featuring cilantro lime marinated chicken.

You could even make them for a fun party like a baby shower or a bridal shower. Pair them with other tropical-tasting treats like coconut macaroons.

And they would be perfect alongside a lime margarita!

ingredients for coconut lime cookies

Ingredients

Add these items to your grocery list to make these coconut cookies.

  • all purpose flour
  • cornstarch
  • desiccated coconut (AKA shredded coconut)
  • salt
  • limes (you will need zest and juice, so get the real things!)
  • unsalted butter
  • granulated sugar
  • egg
  • vanilla extract
  • powdered sugar

How to make Coconut Lime Cookies

Making Coconut Lime Cookies is so easy! Here's what to do.

First, preheat your oven to 350°F and line a baking tray with parchment paper.

Then, toast the coconut lightly in a pan over medium heat till it turns slightly brown in color.

In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients — the flour, cornstarch, coconut, and salt.

butter and sugar in a bowl

In a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar and beat it at medium speed, scraping down the sides for at least 2-3 min.

adding lime zest and egg in a bowl

Add in the egg, lime zest and vanilla, mix until everything is incorporated well.

dry and wet ingredients

Add the flour mixture in batches to the sugar mixture and mix it well until the dough forms.

mixing ingredients together

Flatten the dough, wrap it with a plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least an hour.

lime cookie dough being cut into circles

Once chilled, roll out the dough to about ¼-inch thickness and cut out cookies using your favorite cookie cutter.

Place the cutouts on the prepared baking tray and bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until the bottom and sides start turning golden-brown.

Once baked, let them cool completely before adding glaze.

coconut and lime zest on coconut cookies

How to make the Lime Glaze

To make the lime glaze, add the lime juice and water to the powdered sugar and mix well; the consistency should be flowy but not runny.

Add the zest, mix well and set aside til you're ready to frost the cookies. Don't refrigerate the icing, however.

Once the cookies have cooled, apply a layer of the glaze on top of the cookie with the help of a spoon or a butter knife.

Spread it carefully making sure to leave some space on the sides of the cookie. Sprinkle some more lime zest on top for a beautiful look!

a batch of coconut cookies on a black board

Substitutions

Lime zest is what makes these cookies so zippy, but if you need to use the bottled concentrate for the zest, you can skip the zest. Garnish the cookies with green sprinkles or just let them have plain icing on top.

If you need to make the cookies gluten-free, you can. Use your favorite 1:1 baking alternative. (I like Bob's Red Mill.)

Desiccated coconut is essentially a less dry, finer version of dried coconut. If you only have regular dried coconut, you could pulse it in a food processor to get it more fine, then toast it.

Looking for another citrus variation? Try these lemon cookies!

How to store these cookies

Coconut Lime Cookies will stay fresh for about 3-4 days when stored in an airtight container at room temperature.

In the fridge, they will keep for about a week.

If needed, you can freeze balls of dough to bake later on. Simply thaw the cookie dough and then bake them as directed.

coconut lime cookies on a white towel

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Coconut Lime Cookies

Coconut Lime Cookies are buttery, light, sweet and a bit sour — and absolutely delicious. They’re baked with a good amount of lime and coconut and then topped with sweet lime glaze.
5 from 1 vote
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Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Chill Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours
Servings: 24 cookies
Author: Madison | A Joyfully Mad Kitchen

Ingredients

For the cookies

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • cup desiccated coconut toasted
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 ½ tablespoons lime zest from 1 whole lime
  • ½ cup butter room temperature
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the Glaze

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lime Juice
  • zest from 1 lime
  • 2-3 tablespoons water

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Toast the coconut lightly in a pan over medium heat until it turns slightly brown in color.
  • In a large bowl, mix together flour, cornstarch, coconut and salt.
  • In a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar. Beat it at medium speed, scraping down the sides, for at least 2-3 min.
  • Add in the egg, lime zest and vanilla. Mix until everything is incorporated well.
  • Add the dry ingredients in batches and mix it well until a dough forms.
  • Flatten the dough, wrap it with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least an hour.
  • Once chilled, roll out the dough to about ¼-inch thickness and cut out cookies using your favorite cookie cutter.
  • Place the cutouts on the prepared baking tray and bake for 12-15 minutes or until the bottoms and sides start turning golden-brown.
  • Place on a wire rack to cool completely before adding glaze.
  • To make the glaze, add the lime juice and water to the powdered sugar and mix well — the consistency should be flowy but not runny. Add the zest, mix well and keep aside.
  • Once the cookies have cooled, apply a layer of the glaze on top of the cookie with the help of a spoon or a butter knife.
  • Spread it carefully making sure to leave some space on the sides of the cookie.
  • Sprinkle some zest on top for that beautiful look!

Notes

Coconut Lime Cookies will stay fresh for about 3-4 days when stored in an airtight container at room temperature or for about a week when stored in the fridge.
Do not put the glaze in the fridge as it will harden.
Desiccated coconut is a less dry, finer version of dried coconut. If you only have regular dried coconut, you could pulse it in a food processor to get it more fine, then toast it.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 145kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 46mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g
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2 Comments

  1. Hi!
    I am looking forward to making your cookies today. Am I supposed to use sweetened or unsweetened coconut please?

    Thank you!