Key Lime Cookies with Coconut Lime Frosting
Chewy fresh coconut lime cookies with a creamy coconut lime frosting. The perfect tropical Caribbean cookie!
I am a cookie connoisseur and literally want to bake every single day of my life. By around 3:00, my cookie craving is at an all-time high. Since my LEMON SUGAR COOKIES are one of the most popular cookie recipes on Modern Honey, I wanted to experiment and create a key lime cookie. This lime cookie knocked my socks off!
This Coconut Lime Cookie reminds me of my childhood. I have always been a huge coconut lover. When I was a kid, I would do extra chores in the house or would even pull weeds to be able to go down to the local Smitty’s and pick out the largest coconut. I would spent hours outside trying to open it with a hammer and once I pried it open, I would eat the entire raw coconut all by myself. I am pretty sure every birthday cake was either a coconut cake or a chocolate chip cookie cake.
So it was very fitting to make a coconut lime cookie. Fresh lime is the big star of this cookie though. I love the fresh flavor from lime zest and it really stands out in this cookie. This is a perfectly chewy lime coconut cookie that has crispy edges and a chewy center.
The coconut lime frosting puts it over the top and brings it all together. The frosting is made with butter, cream cheese, fresh lime juice, lime zest, and coconut extract. The coconut lime frosting has the perfect balance of creaminess, sweetness, and fresh tanginess from limes. I even eat these without the frosting because they are THAT good.
How to make Key Lime Cookies with Coconut Lime Frosting:
- Start with butter, cut into cubes. The butter needs to be slightly cold. I usually place my butter in the microwave for about 5 seconds and then cut into cubes. Add sugar and cream (mix) for 4 minutes or until light and fluffy. This helps to create a smooth texture and allow the sugar to wrap around the butter.
- Add fresh lime juice and lime zest. Since lime is the star ingredient, I like to use fresh limes. You can use key limes or regular limes, depending on what is readily available in the grocery store. I am a huge fan of using a zester. This one is only $12 and I use it all of the time.
- Bake just until the edges become a slight golden color and the center is slightly underdone so it ends up chewy in the center. The cookies will set as they cool.
- Make the coconut lime frosting. Whip the softened butter and cream cheese for 2-3 minutes. It is important that the cream cheese is softened so it mixes well. Add powdered sugar, lime juice, fresh lime zest, and coconut extract. Add more coconut extract if you want more coconut flavor.
Here are some of my favorite baking tools when making these Key Lime Coconut Cookies with Coconut Lime Frosting.
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Key Lime Cookies with Coconut Lime Frosting. Chewy fresh coconut lime cookies with a creamy coconut lime frosting. The perfect tropical Caribbean cookie!
- 1 cup Butter (cold and cut into cubes)
- 2 cups Sugar
- 2 large Eggs
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons Fresh Lime Juice (from key limes or regular limes)
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons Fresh Lime Zest
- 1 cup Sweetened Flaked Coconut
- 3 cups Flour
- 1 1/4 teaspoons Baking Powder
- 1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 1 cup Butter (softened)
- 4 ounces Cream Cheese (softened)
- 4 cups Powdered Sugar
- 1-2 teaspoons Coconut Extract
- 1 teaspoon Fresh Lime Juice
- 2 teaspoons Fresh Lime Zest
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar for 4 minutes or until light and fluffy.
Add eggs, fresh lime juice, and fresh lime zest and mix for 1 minute longer. Fold in coconut flakes.
Stir in flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and mix just until combined.
Drop dough onto light colored baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
Whip softened butter and cream cheese for 3-4 minutes until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar, coconut extract, lime juice, and lime zest. Spread frosting on cooled cookies.