Tropical Key Lime White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Saturday, June 23, 2012

These cookies are perfect for summer and they just so happen to be my favorite cookies of all time  (next to chocolate chip cookie of course). They are a great change from the traditional chocolate chip cookies. I am a big fan of key lime, but you do not have to use key lime juice in order to make these cookies taste fantastic! I just use the juice of half a regular lime and the zest of a full lime. I also added a lime glaze to the top to add more flavor! I didn't really measure the ingredients for the glaze so what is listed below are only estimates. I just threw some powdered sugar, lime juice and a little milk together to make a smooth, thin glaze. Not that it really needed it, but I was trying to re-create the key lime cookies I had in Florida. They were delicious, but too expensive for my taste when I can make them at home. These were pretty darn close to the little bakery that made these yummy cookies! Enjoy!

Tropical Key Lime White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoons lime zest
1 tablespoon lime juice
12 oz. bag white chocolate chips
1 cup flaked coconut
3/4 cup macadamia nuts, coarsely chopped

Optional Glaze:
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tbsp lime juice
milk, if needed to reach desired consistency

Preheat oven to 375 F (180C).
In a small bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda.
In a large bowl, beat the butter, sugars and vanilla extract at high speed until well combined.
Add the egg, lime juice and lime zest and beat for 1 additional minute.
Gradually add in the flour mixture.
Stir in the nuts, coconut and white chocolate chips by hand.
Drop the dough by rounded tablespoonful onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake for 8-11 minutes or until edges are slightly brown. Let cool.
Combine ingredients for the glaze. 
Add enough milk until the glaze is smooth and isn't too thick to drizzle with a spoon. Drizzle lime glaze on top.

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