Lime and cardamom shortbread balls

Prep 25 min
Total 50 min
Makes 40

We love the combination of cardamon and lime. The balance of spice and citrus zing creates one incredibly irresistible cookie.



3 cups
all-purpose flour
1 tbsp
1 tsp
1/2 tsp
1 1/2 cups
unsalted butter, at room temperature


  • PREHEAT oven to 350F. Position racks in top and bottom thirds of oven. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment.
  • STIR flour with lime zest, cardamom and salt in a medium bowl.
  • BEAT butter with sugar in a large bowl, using a wooden spoon, until smooth, 1 min. Gradually stir in half of flour mixture, until just combined. Add remaining flour mixture, kneading with your hands, until dough forms a ball.
  • SCOOP dough and roll into 1-in. balls. Arrange on prepared sheets, 1 in. apart. Cookies will spread as they bake.
  • BAKE in top and bottom thirds of oven, switching sheets halfway through, until edges have set, 15 to 17 min. Leave on sheet for 5 min, then transfer cookies to a rack to cool completely.
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Issue: December 2014

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Photo credit: Cardamon lime shortbread cookie. (Photo, Sian Richards.)

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