Lime Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Some pregnant women crave pickles and ice cream.  I can’t get enough citrus.  Lately, I’ve been making homemade lemonade and garlic lime chicken on a weekly basis.  After visiting Lauren’s house today and tasting these Glazed Lemon Cookies from Two Peas and Their Pod, I knew I had to try my own version.  I had some cream cheese and limes in the refrigerator, so I decided to go with that combination and Lime Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting were born.  Let’s hope that Grayson’s birthday is just as easy!

Lime Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting (Makes 2 Dozen)

You will need:

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp lime zest (1 large lime)
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened


  1. Preheat the oven to 350° and line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.  Set aside.  Note: If you do not have parchment paper or a silicone baking mat, place the dough directly on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a small bowl, combine granulated sugar and lime zest.  Rub the sugar and zest together with your hands to combine.
  4. Beat butter and sugar/zest mixture until light and fluffy.
  5. Beat in egg and vanilla until well combined.
  6. Slowly beat in the flour mixture on low speed until blended.  Dough will be thick.
  7. Drop dough by rounded tablespoons onto baking sheets, spacing 2 inches apart. Gently flatten dough with the palm of your hand.  Note: I will make these cookies bigger next time.  I won’t get as many, but they will be a little softer in the middle.
  8. Bake for 11-13 minutes or until cookies are just set.  Cool cookies on baking sheet for 2-3 minutes before transferring to wire racks.  Cool completely.
  9. To make the frosting, add the cream cheese and powdered sugar to a medium bowl and beat until smooth.  Add the lime juice and combine well.
  10. When cookies are cool, use a knife to ice.
  11. Let icing dry before packaging.  You will want to share!
Source: Slightly adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod

4 thoughts on “Lime Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Sounds fantastic! Nice, simple ingredients, too…I think I have everything but the cream cheese in my kitchen right now…

    • You can do it without the cream cheese and just increase the lime juice to about 4 tablespoons. It will make more of a glaze than a frosting, but it is still delicious!

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