Lime Sugar Cookies with Coconut

nigerian cookies

These sweet, chewy, lime cookies are my 8th dessert suggestion for this Christmas. I had a large number of limes in my fridge and since I didn’t want them to go bad or dry out, I went searching for various dessert recipes that incorporate limes. I came across a sugar cookie recipe which was made using lime and coconut as the main ingredients; so i decided to try the recipe for myself.


I consider these Lime Sugar Cookies a Nigerian friendly dessert because lime and coconut are common Nigerian fruits. The tartness of the lime tones down a bit of the sugar and the coconut flakes give the cookies another dimension of texture. I’m falling in love with the idea of using lime in my cooking more often, the flavour and extra character it gives to dishes like this Coconut Lime Chicken Soup are fresh and crisp. 20161221_054154-min

You can cut down on the sugar If you think it might be too sweet for you. I would also like to try this recipe with other citrus fruits like oranges and lemons in the near future.

I hope you enjoy making these simple and amaZING cookies.

Yields:  36 – 40 cookies
Recipe level: Medium 
Preparation time: 15  minutes
Cook time: 8-10 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes
Meal type:  Dessert, Cookies
Meal time: Anytime 

Lime Sugar Cookies Recipe 


  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Zest of one large lime, finely minced
  • 3 tbsp lime juice
  • ½ cup unsweetened toasted coconut
  • 1/2 cup sugar for rolling cookies


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. Using a mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until smooth and very fluffy.
  4. Beat in egg, vanilla extract, lime juice and lime zest.
  5. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients and coconut flakes.
  6. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, and roll in sugar. Place on lined cookie sheets about 1 1/2 inches apart.
  7. Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly browned. The cookies are ready once you notice the cracks forming on the tops.
  8. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.

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