Key Lime White Chocolate Cut-Out Cookie Recipe

Written by Mike Tamplin • Apr 07, 2022

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Key Lime White Chocolate Cut-Out Cookie Recipe
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Summer is almost here and I thought it would be the perfect time to try a new cookie flavor for the occasion.

These key lime white chocolate cookies are full of flavor. Between the creaminess of the white chocolate chips, the tangy lime zest, and the cookie dough that holds its shape, these cookies are all around perfection.

You might be able to tell from the cut-out shapes, these cookies are going to be the base for a Cinco de Mayo themed set I have planned in the coming days. However, I think this recipe will work for any summer party you might have lined up.

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Key Lime White Chocolate Cut-Out Cookies


  • 1 cup (two sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp key lime extract
  • zest of 2 limes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup mini white chocolate chips


Step 1

In a mixer, cream together butter and sugar.. Mix until fluffy and well incorporated.

Step 2

Add egg, salt, key lime extract, zest, and baking powder and beat until well mixed.

Step 3

Add flour a cupful at a time, to the butter/sugar/egg mixture. After everything is well mixed, the dough should be non-greasy to the touch. If the dough is still sticky, add an extra ¼ cup of flour.

Step 4

With a hand spatula, fold in the mini chocolate chips and mix until just combined.

Step 5

Roll to desired thickness between two sheets of parchment or wax paper. (I love my Joseph Joseph rolling pin because the guides take the guess work out of wondering if your cookies are the correct thickness and evenly rolled out.) After rolling, chill the dough for at least 30 minutes.

dough for key lime white chocolate cookies

Step 6

Once the dough is well chilled and hard to the touch, cut out shapes and place them on a parchment paper-lined, light-colored baking sheet. Chill the cutout shapes again before baking.

Step 7

Bake at 350 degrees for 7-9 minutes. Remove from the oven before the first indication of the edges turning brown. Leave the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes.

Step 8

Remove cookies from the baking sheet with a spatula and place on a cooling rack to cool before decorating.

key lime white chocolate cut-out cookies

I love the little specks of green and white from the zest and white chocolate chips. It really gives it that fiesta feel that will coordinate great with my upcoming Cinco de Mayo set.

For icing flavors, you could do a few options. If you think these could use a little more of a lime boost, add key lime extract or lime juice to your icing. If you're feeling more of a beachy, tropical vibe, adding coconut flavoring would complement the lime magically.

Now that you know how to make these delicious cookies, it’s time to have some fun with them.  Check out our selection of cool cookie cutters and pick out your favorites. We can’t wait to see what you create!

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