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Lime Glazed Sugar Cookies

These lime glazed sugar cookies are tender, moist, and sweet, with a delicious and tangy lime glaze. Sprinkle the top with nuts or extra lime zest!

Lime Glazed Sugar Cookies topped with nuts.

During the summertime, citrus is one of my favorite go-to flavors! It’s refreshing, tangy, and tart.

These lime glazed sugar cookies are buttery, moist, and chewy (thanks to the addition of cream of tartar,) and full of bright and citrusy lime zest, sweet vanilla, and covered in a perfectly balanced sweet and tart lime glaze.

They’re the perfect cookie to celebrate birthdays, take on picnics, or share at backyard BBQs!

Having a big sweet tooth in the summertime is easy with these lime glazed sugar cookies!

Ingredients to make Lime Glazed Sugar Cookies on a table.

Ingredients for lime glazed sugar cookies

For cookies: 

  • All-purpose flour – A common baking ingredient that will make up the dough for our cookies.
  • Baking soda – Baking soda will make sure the cookies are light and fluffy.
  • Kosher salt – Kosher salt will help enhance all of the flavors of the cookies and balance the sweetness.
  • Cream of tartar – Cream of tartar will help make the cookie a pleasant chewy texture.
  • Unsalted butter – Unsalted butter will add the necessary fat and moisture to the cookies.
  • Granulated sugar – This will help add sweetness to balance the tart lime.
  • Egg – The egg will help emulsify and bring all of the ingredients together.
  • Vanilla extract – Vanilla extract will give the cookies a sweet vanilla flavor.
  • Lime zest and lime juice- Lime zest and lime juice will add a fresh burst of lime flavor to the cookies.
Glazing a cookie.

For glaze: 

  • Powdered sugar – Powdered sugar is a common frosting and glaze ingredient because it can dissolve at room temperature.
  • Lime juice – Lime juice will give the glaze a bright lime flavor. 
Lime zest in a bowl of cookie batter.
Scooping cookies onto a cookie sheet.

Using bottled lime juice

Unfortunately, bottled lime juice is often very one-note: sour. 

It has lost all of the lime flavor and citrusy kick that comes with fresh citrus. 

I do not recommend using it in place of fresh lime juice here. 

Alternative sugars

If you have specific dietary needs, feel free to replace the sugar in this recipe with your favorite sugar alternative. 

Lime Glazed Sugar Cookies stacked on top of each other.


I’ve topped these lime glazed sugar cookies with chopped pistachios for a nutty crunch!

Here are some other great topping ideas:

  • Other nuts like almonds, or cashews
  • Fresh lime zest
  • Sprinkles! Use your favorite shape and color
Lime Glazed Sugar Cookies on a serving platter.


You can make the dough for these lime glazed sugar cookies ahead of time and freeze them, so you can have freshly baked cookies whenever the craving strikes.

Simply mix the dough as directed, and roll it into balls.

Place unbaked dough balls on a cookie sheet and pop them into the freezer so they can solidify.

Once frozen, put dough balls into a freezer-safe ziptop bag and store for up to 3 months.

Storage and leftovers

Any leftover lime glazed sugar cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. 

Lime Glazed Sugar Cookies on a table glazed and topped with nuts.

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Lime Glazed Sugar Cookies

Author: Brandy O’Neill – Nutmeg Nanny
These lime glazed sugar cookies are tender, moist, and sweet, with a delicious and tangy lime glaze. Sprinkle the top with nuts or extra lime zest!
5 from 1 vote
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Servings 24 cookies


For cookies:

For glaze:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice

For topping:

  • 1/2 cup chopped pistachios optional


For cookies:

  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, and kosher salt, and set aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer add sugar, butter, lime zest, and vanilla extract.
  • Mix until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl a few times while mixing.
  • Add in the lime juice and egg. Mix until combined.
  • Slowly add in the flour mixture and mix just until combined.
  • Let the dough rest for an hour in the fridge.
  • Shortly before baking preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and prepare baking sheets with non-stick spray or line with parchment paper.
  • Scoop out 2 tablespoon balls of dough and place on your prepared baking sheets. Leave 2 inches between cookies.
  • Place into the oven for 6 minutes, remove, flatten cookies to 1/4 inch thick with the bottom of a glass, and add back to the oven to bake for another 6 minutes.

For glaze:

  • Whisk together powdered sugar and lime zest and glaze the tops of the cookies.
  • If the glaze is too thick add more lime juice. If the glaze is too thin add more powdered sugar.

For topping:

  • Top with chopped nuts if desired.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 96mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 43g
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword key lime cookies, lime cookies, lime zest cookies, soft lime cookies, sugar cookies, sugar cookies with lime
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About Brandy!

I am a food lover and recipe developer bringing you delicious recipes that taste great and are easy to make! My food is inspired by travels around the world and my love of flavorful food. A list of things that make me happy: cats, Coke Zero, houseplants, and travel. Read more...

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