Key Lime Coolers – #CreativeCookieExchange

Key Lime Coolers are light sugar-coated cookies, perfect for picnics & after school treats. Adults & kids alike will love the sweet-tart combination!

Key Lime Coolers | 2 Cookin Mamas Key Lime Coolers are light sugar-coated cookies, perfect for picnics & after school treats. Adults & kids alike will love the sweet-tart combination!

It’s time for Creative Cookie Exchange reveal day again! I know, if you love cookies like I do, you probably couldn’t wait to see what we had cooked up this month. This month’s theme was “Pack for a Picnic” cookies and the timing couldn’t be more perfect with Labor Day right around the corner.

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The challenge was to pick a cookie that would transport well and be a delicious finishing touch to a big picnic meal. I am always so full after a picnic that I want something light and tasty to offset all the barbecue and chips. These Key Lime Coolers fit the bill perfectly!

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They are light, slightly tart but with a nice touch of sweetness from the powdered sugar. The kids always love eating them because they get powdered sugar all over the faces. I think they try to see who can get the most on them. 🙂

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They also remind me of lemonade and limeade that goes so well with a picnic. And they are super easy to make with just a few limes, regular cookie ingredients and a OXO Good Grips Small Cookie Scoop” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener”>small cookie scoop. Plus, with just a few additional add-ins, you can make them all your own.

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I had two add-ins I wanted to try so I divided my cookie dough into thirds and made a little of each. The first was the basic version, full of zippy tartness from the lime, the second had a touch of basil and the third had some sweet white chocolate chips. They each had their own unique taste and were all super delicious! But, if you ask me what my favorite was, I would have to choose the original. They bring back so many wonderful memories of the Florida Keys whenever I bite into one. That is a hard flavor to beat!

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And if you love lots of citrusy key lime flavor give our “Simply the Best” Key Lime Pie, Key Lime Swirl Brownies and Key Lime Cake a try too!

Hope you enjoy these little coolers, however you decide to fix them. Got any more ideas for add-ins? Leave me a comment and let me know.

Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
16 mins
Total Time
36 mins

Light sugar-coated cookies, easy to make & perfect for picnics & after school treats. Adults & kids alike will love the sweet-tart combination of our Key Lime Coolers!

Servings: 45 cookies
Author: Linda Warren
  • 2/3 cup butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, divided
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 2-5/8 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/8 cup cornstarch
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2-1/2 Tablespoons key lime juice (I used Nellie & Joe's Key West Lime Juice)
  • 5 teaspoons lime zest, finely grated, divided
  • Optional add-ins: 4 teaspoons basil, finely chopped (for entire recipe) or 3/4 cup white chocolate chips (for entire recipe)
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line 3 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, with electric mixer, beat butter with granulated sugar and 1 cup powdered sugar until light and fluffy. Continue to beat while adding eggs and extracts.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt. Add to butter-sugar mixture, alternately with key lime juice and 3 teaspoons of zest, at low speed until well mixed. At this point you can make the cookies as is, which are your traditional coolers, or you can add either the basil or white chocolate chips.
  4. Using a tablespoon or a small cookie scoop, place cookie balls 1" apart on prepared baking sheets. You can leave as rounded balls or flatten just slightly with bottom of a measuring cup. Bake in oven for 16-18 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned.
  5. While cookies are baking, mix 1 cup powdered sugar with the remaining 2 teaspoons lime zest in a large gallon-sized plastic bag.
  6. Remove cookies from oven and let cool for 5 minutes on baking sheets then place several in ziploc bag containing powdered sugar mixture and gently toss. Shake excess off then place on wire racks and allow to cool completely.
  7. Store in airtight container.

Adapted from recipes found on &


The theme this month is Pack for a Picnic Cookies–any kind of cookie that sounds great for a picnic! If you are a blogger and want to join in the fun, contact Laura at thespicedlife AT gmail DOT com and she will get you added to our Facebook group, where we discuss our cookies and share links.

You can also just use us as a great resource for cookie recipes–be sure to check out our Pinterest Board and our monthly posts (you can find all of them at The Spiced Life). You will be able to find them the first Tuesday after the 15th of each month!

Also, if you are looking for inspiration to get in the kitchen and start baking, check out what all of the hosting bloggers have made:

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  • Reply
    08/19/2015 at 12:53 am

    Yummy Cookies… Just can feel the taste in my mouth…

  • Reply
    08/18/2015 at 9:42 pm

    I would not be able to stop eating after just one of these little beauties! Your cookie tin is perfect for picnic-packing too.

  • Reply
    08/18/2015 at 6:28 pm

    These sound so good and I think adding basil would be an interesting but tasty choice!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      08/18/2015 at 8:57 pm

      Thanks Hezzid! The basil imparted a very nice but subtle taste. I think you could even add more for a more pronounced flavor.

  • Reply
    08/18/2015 at 5:10 pm

    Key Lime anything is good for me, but cookies? Oh I Love lime flavored cookies in summer or winter or anytime.

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      08/18/2015 at 9:00 pm

      Me too! And I’m lucky enough to live in Florida and have key limes pretty much all year.

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    Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories
    08/18/2015 at 3:53 pm

    I love lime, and it sounds so refreshing! I’ll have one with a margarita!!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      08/18/2015 at 4:50 pm

      I’m with you! If I was nearby I would come and join you and bring the cookies. 🙂

  • Reply
    Laura T (@TheSpicedLife)
    08/18/2015 at 2:40 pm

    These look wonderful! I especially love the variations you tried! And you are right, they are the perfect end to a summer picnic.

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      08/18/2015 at 3:41 pm

      Thanks Laura! I love them because they are so light that I can even eat them after I stuff myself with all the picnic goodies. lol

  • Reply
    08/18/2015 at 1:42 pm

    These look like they would melt in my mouth, Linda. I love key lime anything but especially cookies.

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      08/18/2015 at 3:43 pm

      Stacy, key limes are one of my favorites too! I’ll eat anything with that tart key lime flavor.

  • Reply
    08/18/2015 at 1:17 pm

    I love lime! Powdered sugar, dear me. I am going to have to give these a try!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      08/18/2015 at 3:44 pm

      If you love lime, you’ll love these Terri! Hope you get to make them soon.

  • Reply
    Jennifer Tammy
    08/18/2015 at 12:15 pm

    I love key lime and I love cookies covered with powdered sugar, so these definitely look like a win for me!
    (The only problem is, it’s much harder to sneak powdered sugar-covered cookies without people seeing the evidence… hmm.)

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      08/18/2015 at 3:46 pm

      lol You are so right Jennifer! I guess we could always plead the 5th!

  • Reply
    08/18/2015 at 12:08 pm

    Oh, you got me, these sound fabulous!! What fun for a summer day!!

  • Reply
    Renee Dobbs
    08/18/2015 at 7:58 am

    All the fun with eating these cookies is getting the powdered sugar all over. At least it is for me.

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      08/18/2015 at 10:30 am

      Me too! I love the fun of powdered sugar and they add just enough sweetness to these cookies to make them irresistible!

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