Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Key Lime Caterpillars

We made some outlandish cookies this week, and they were seriously delicious! When Mina requested a caterpillar cookie cutter as a gift, I thought I would never be able to find one for her. I had never seen one, or eaten a caterpillar cookie for that matter. Apparently they do exist, and are a popular choice at the cookie cutter shop we visited in Wisconsin (Downtown Dough in Cedarburg)!

I wanted a roll-out cookie that would be different than our usual sugar cookie, and also would be appropriate in a caterpillar shape, so lime fit the bill. We made a key lime cookie with key lime glaze, so these cookies have a lovely lime zing. The dough is very delicate and buttery and makes a beautiful cutout. They can, of course, be made in any shape. They also need not be green, but it is a visual cue of their lime flavor.  So here's some photos of us making them and the recipe for Key Lime Caterpillars. Enjoy!
Key Lime Caterpillars 
1 Cup Butter
1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
1/4 Cup bottled Key Lime Juice
1 tsp. Vanilla
2 1/4 Cup Flour

Beat the butter and sugar together.  Beat in the key lime juice and vanilla.  Beat in half of the flour.  Add the other half of the flour and mix in with a wooden spoon.  Refrigerate dough for at least 20 minutes.  Roll out and cut with cookie cutters.  Bake 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees or until golden around the edges.  Cool and glaze with Key Lime Glaze.

Key Lime Glaze
2 Cups Powdered Sugar
2 Tbsp. bottled Key Lime Juice
2 tsp. Vanilla
green food coloring (optional, could also use yellow and green for key lime)
milk (as needed)

Mix the sugar in a bowl with lime juice and vanilla and green coloring.  Add milk to thin if needed.  Drizzle and spread over Key Lime Cookies.



Katiedidtoo said...

Those little buggers are incredibly cute!!

Cathy said...

I love them! What fun!

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