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Lime Swirled Icebox Cookies

Ice Box Lime Cookies – These lime swirled sugary treats are here to add some zest to your sweet snacking! Flecked with green and kissed with lime flavor, Ice Box Cookies are a spring and summertime favorite. 

Remember these Valentine’s cookies? Yeah, I tricked them out for St.Patrick’s day! Lime cookies might not be traditional for St. Patrick’s Day but they’re GREEN! Therefore, festive.

We liked Lime Ice Box Cookies so much that there’s no way I’ll be waiting  until St. Patty’s Day to make them for dessert again. The lime flavor makes them perfect for summer snacking, too!

Ice Box Cookies

I adore ice box cookies for so many reasons, most of all because they’re so easy to prep ahead of time. You keep the cookie dough in the freezer until you’re ready to bake–thus, the name “ice box cookies.”

If your kids like these as much as mine do, may I suggest making a few batches of ice box cookie dough at once so you always have some ready to go in the freezer? Then, you’re never more than a few minutes away from delicious homemade cookies.

Lime Cookies

These have a nice citrus taste thanks to the Lime flavored Jello. I didn’t have any fresh limes in the house the first time I made these but next time I definitely want to try adding a little lime zest to the cookie dough, too.

Even without the zest, they had just the right amount of tangy lime taste. Paired with the vanilla sugar, you get a satisfying balance of sweet and citrusy flavors.

The swirled white and green colors together made these look extra fancy even though they’re very simple to make.

Lime Ice Box Cookies Recipe

Here’s what you need to make Lime Cookies: 

{Ingredients shared at a glance; scroll down for amounts and full recipe]

  • Flour 
  • Butter
  • Eggs 
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Lime gelatin powder
  • Green food coloring
  • Vanilla sugar – Homemade or store bought. If you don’t have vanilla sugar, you can make a makeshift substitute by scraping a vanilla bean into regular granulated sugar. 
  • Green sprinkles – Sugar sprinkles for decorating the Ice Box cookies

How to Make Ice Box Cookies

STEP 1. Make the cookie dough

In a mixer, beat butter with vanilla sugar until fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Add eggs. In separate bowl, mix flour with baking soda and salt. Gradually add to butter mixture. Divide dough in half.

STEP 2. Make the lime swirls 

Add in vanilla extract to one half of the dough. Lay dough on large sheet of parchment paper. Lay a second sheet of parchment on top of dough. Roll dough to form a 12 inch x 8 inch rectangle. Freeze dough for about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, with second half of dough add in gelatin and food coloring. Lay dough on parchment paper, with a second sheet on top. Roll dough to form a similar sized rectangle. Freeze dough 15 minutes.

STEP 3. Roll and freeze

Remove both sheets of dough from freezer. Remove top layer of parchment paper for each rectangle. Lay sheets of dough together (with parchment on outside). Remove one sheet of parchment paper so the dough has one sheet remaining at the bottom.

Slowly peel the dough from bottom parchment by rolling up the long end. You are going to form a log of dough. Tightly roll this dough and rewrap in parchment. Freeze until ready to use!

STEP 4. Bake

When ready to bake, wet fingertips with water. Roll  the whole log of dough in sprinkles. Slice 1/4inch thick and bake on a parchment lined baking sheet for about 7-9 minutes at 350 degrees.

Tips for Lime Ice Box Cookies

  • How long to keep ice box cookie dough in the freezer: If you want to enjoy these cookies right away, I recommend letting the dough freeze for at least 30 minutes before baking. The dough can also stay wrapped in the freezer for up to 3 months!
  • Do you have to thaw ice box cookie dough? Nope, no need to let the log of dough thaw or soften at all. You slice the frozen cookie dough and bake right away! So convenient.
  • To keep the dough from sticking: Get your fingers a little damp before you roll the two sections of dough together. I also do this before rolling it in the sprinkles to make sure nothing sticks to my hands.
  • How to store lime cookies: Once baked, these Lime Ice Box Cookies will keep well at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Good luck resisting them for that long, though!

With swirls of bright green lime and vanilla, Ice Box Cookies are a pretty and delicious addition to your spring time and summer dessert tables!

Lime Swirled Icebox Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cup vanilla sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp lime gelatin powder
  • 1/4 tsp green gel food coloring
  • 1/4 cup green sugar sprinkles

Instructions

  1. In mixer, beat butter with vanilla sugar until fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Add eggs.
  2. In separate bowl, mix flour with baking soda and salt. Gradually add to butter mixture. Divide dough in half.
  3. To one half add in vanilla extract. Lay dough on large sheet of parchment paper. Lay a second sheet of parchment on top of dough. Roll dough to form a 12 inch x 8 inch rectangle. Freeze dough for about 15 minutes.
  4. With second half of dough add in gelatin and food coloring. Lay dough on parchment paper, with a second sheet on top. Roll dough to form a similar sized rectangle. Freeze dough 15 minutes.
  5. Remove both sheets of dough from freezer. Remove top layer of parchment paper for each rectangle. Lay sheets of dough together (with parchment on outside). Remove one sheet of parchment paper (dough should have one remaining on bottom). Slowly peel dough from bottom parchment by rolling up the long end. You are going to form a log of dough. Tightly roll this dough and rewrap in parchment. Freeze until ready to use.
  6. When ready to bake, wet fingertips with water. Roll log of dough in sprinkles. Slice 1/4inch thick and bake on a parchment lined baking sheet for about 7-9 minutes (in a 350 degree oven).

Notes

**note** See my recipes for vanilla sugar. If you don't have vanilla sugar, scrape one vanilla bean into your granulated sugar and continue the recipe as written.

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Aimee

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Posted on February 23, 2012

Comments & Reviews

  1. I’m baking these cookies as I type. I see lots of coments about how pretty the cookies are, but I wonder if anyone has actually tried them. They are not easy cookies to deal with. The dough is incredibly sticky, to the point where I think it needs more flour or something. You can hardly slice the frozen dough because it becomes so sticky. The second thing is that these cookies spread in the oven…. A lot. 6 cookies on a tray if you don’t want them to touch. Thirdly, the baking time is not 7-9 minutes. No way, no how. I baked mine for 9, and they were grossly under baked, especially the green part. You’re looking at 12-15 minutes for these. I like the idea of these cookies, but after making them, I’m not sold.

  2. I’ve featured your post on this week’s “A Little Birdie Told Me…”. Come on by, grab a button, and join the party!

    Jenn

  3. These cookies are so cute! I’m have a St. Patty’s link party and I would love for you to come and share them. 🙂

    http://whitelightsonwednesday.blogspot.com/2012/02/st-patricks-day-linky-party.html

  4. Thanks for sharing these at TEa Party Tuesday – I love anything lime, these are sure a popular post – you have gotten some much deserved features! YA!

  5. Perfect for St. Pattys!

    Thanks for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up http://tidymom.net/2012/st-patricks-day-ideas/

    Have a great weekend!

  6. I made some cookies at christmas that are very simular. Like tht you used Jello. They are so springy and pretty cookies. Must try that nice post andi

  7. I love your blog, great recipes! I love recipes like these where you can make them work for different holidays! I just became a follower and want to invite you to stop by my brand new blog and follow me too:) Thanks!!

  8. I have to try these cookies. I love I can freeze the batter and bake when I have the urge for cookies! Love this idea!!

  9. these look SO good. I am excited to try them!

    I’d love for you to share this at our linky party.

    http://housewivesofriverton.blogspot.com/2012/02/recipe-round-up-5.html

    ~Jenn

  10. Never to early to go green:-) Look at you being all genius and using lime jello since you didn’t have fresh limes! And I just love the green sprinkles on the sides!!!

  11. Adorable! I quite like the stringed together presentation. These are really something to look at and I´m sure the lime flavor is just perfect.

  12. i love this recipe! Especially that the sugar sprinkles can be changed to any color to match any party theme or celebration scheme! I’m keeping a copy of these recipes in my “party supply kit,” along side my adorable party bunting and paper products. PERFECTION! xo

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