Lime biscuits

    33 min

    These biscuits originate from Guyana. They taste like citrus shortbread but are rolled in cinnamon sugar before being baked.

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    Makes: 48 biscuits

    • 250g plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 60g sugar
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1/3 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 175g butter, softened
    • 200g sugar
    • 1 teaspoon lime rind
    • 3 tablespoons lime juice

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:13min  ›  Ready in:33min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas mark 4. Lightly grease 2 large baking trays.
    2. Stir together flour, baking powder, salt, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in a bowl; set aside. Combine 60g sugar, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon in a separate bowl; set aside.
    3. Cream together butter, 200g sugar and lime rind in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in lime juice, then the flour mixture, a little bit at a time. Form the biscuit mixture into walnut-sized balls and roll in spiced sugar mixture. Arrange on prepared trays, about 2cm apart from each other. Flatten the balls slightly using your hand or the the bottom of a glass.
    4. Bake in the preheated oven until the edges turn golden, about 13 to 16 minutes. Cool biscuits on wire racks, then store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

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    Needed To make something quick for my daughter s guide camp and needed to use up my home grown limes. Took no time to make and as stated, really easy, my young daughter could Make them. Tasted sweet but with light refreshing taste. My daughter moaned as I had not made chocolate cookies but once she tasted them she was converted. I may put a little icing on them to make them fun also. Great recipe now a favourite 😊  -  10 Jun 2016


    Outstanding, refreshing and uniquely flavored cookie, unlike anything I've ever had before. You can taste both the lime and the nutmeg (a spice I generally don't care for) yet the two combine and blend to create a delicious flavor all its own. Be careful not to overbake these - -you don't want them brown around the edges. Once the cookies have set and are just beginning to turn color along the edge they're done! Any longer than that and you'd more than likely end up with an overly crunchy cookie. Beautiful cookie too, all light and sparkly with its sugar/nutmeg finish. I can't remember the last time I enjoyed something so different so much. I will make them again for sure, and I won't change a thing!  -  19 Dec 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    OMG! What a delicious little cookie- light, crispy, buttery, slightly spiced, and sweet with a nice touch of lime! It's almost like a shortbread cookie, but not quite. I love the pairing of lime and nutmeg. Who would have thought those two flavors would blend so well together in a cookie! When it came to the spiced sugar mixture to dip the cookie into I used turbinado sugar vs. white sugar just to add a little extra crunch on top. I'm so glad I stumbled upon this recipe. It's definitely different and something I'd be happy to make again.  -  18 Jun 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)