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Friday, May 05, 2006

"You must share it with her to-night" ~ Jane Eyre

I pass up any chocolate dessert in a heartbeat for key lime pie. Come to think of it, I think the best part of any steak house is the Key Lime Pie, especially the one at Morton's. One of the main destination points on my trip to Key West next month is the Blond Giraffe. They make frozen key lime pie on a stick...oh, and cover it with chocolate, too! I cannot wait. This cookie recipe mentioned in my previous post was requested by Work in Progress, so I share it with her and all of you! I will not be adding the macadamia nuts, but feel free to if you make the cookies! I love any recipe that allows me to use my citrus plane zester.

Key Lime White Chocolate Coolers Recipe

Key Lime and white chocolate make an amazing combination that is refreshingly cool, no matter the season. This variation of meltaway cookies is perfect for kitchen gifts and ships well. Macadamia nuts are optional.

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup corn starch
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter, cut into cubes
1 teaspoon grated lime zest
1 teaspoon key lime juice
1 cup white chocolate chips
1/4 cup chopped macadamia nuts (optional)
Additional confectioners' powdered sugar for coating (about 1 cup)

PREPARATION:Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or Silpat baking pad.

In a small bowl, combine flour, corn starch, and confectioners' sugar. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream butter, key lime juice, and key lime zest until smooth. Add flour mixture to butter mixture and begin mixing on low speed. Once mixture begins to get thick, increase speed to thoroughly mix until combined, scraping down sides. Scrape batter from beaters. Mix in white chocolate chips and optional macadamia nuts with a large spoon.

Refrigerate dough for 45 minutes to firm up. (It's important that the dough be very cold before going into the oven or they will spread.) When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Place 1-1/2 inches apart on lined baking sheet, and bake for 10 to 12 minutes until bottom edges just barely begin to turn brown. Do not over-bake. Let cool on baking sheets for at least 5 minutes, then remove to racks to cool.

Pour powdered sugar into a bowl. Roll key lime cookies in powdered sugar to cover. Store in an airtight container.

Notes: You can replace the white chocolate chips with finely chopped nuts if you wish, or use half nuts and half white chocolate chips. Because these cookies retain their shape and are not crumbly, they make perfect kitchen gifts for shipping.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Ariella said...

FAB recipe. I, too, love key lime pie, but I like it to be really tart and not at all sweet. Same for lemonade.

If you're going to Key West, make sure you take a detour to the butterfly garden they have on the main drag there. Erik and I went there in February of 2005 and it was magical -- plus, a butterfly landed on my hand and I felt SPECIAL. ;)

12:03 PM  
Blogger work in progress said...

THANK YOU!!!! I can't wait to try them!

I'll let you know how they come out. I may use macadamias :-)

While I love key lime pie, I rarely pass up chocolate for anything. If there's a non-chocolate dessert I find appealing I generally convince my companion (whomever it happens to be) to order it and share so that I may have the best of both worlds.

Life's too short for only one dessert.

1:22 PM  
Blogger mikaelah said...

You have hit on my all time weakness with the key lime! I am smitten by it. I have been peeking in and visiting now and again and see I have much to catch up on with all your delicious writing.

12:14 AM  
Blogger ThoughtsGalore said...

Baby...if you have to replace chocolate chips with chopped nuts..then why make the recipe! Chocolate chips for all!
xoxo
C

8:58 AM  
Blogger Barry said...

I prefer lemon merange (however you spell it). Now I love choclate, but I would choose lemon merange over it any time

12:13 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

You're making me hungry again!

12:32 PM  
Blogger Night Flier said...

Yummy! I am going to make these for a party I have in two weeks! I can't wait! :)

5:58 PM  

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