A Raspberry Lime Rickey may have gotten its start in the post Civil-War Washington D.C. bar circuit, but talk to any New Englander and they will say it’s as New England as it comes. Synonymous with summer, it’s a drink that’s a little bit tart, a little bit sweet and has a hint of raspberry. So why not use this same flavor combination in a cookie? This shortbread cookie with a zesty lime icing gets all gussied up when served with rich vanilla ice cream and topped with a raspberry coulis.
The beautiful part about this dessert is you can make it all ahead if you are having guests so you can stage your creation. In my reading about various methods for making a coulis I have learned that many chefs prefer frozen raspberries for the richest color and flavor. However; being the purist I am, I am drawn to finding fresh raspberries in season and eating half the carton before concocting my sauce. In the northeast we are hitting peak season so get ready!
Recipe for Zesty Lime Shortbread Cookies
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
¾ cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons lime zest
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup powdered sugar
3 tablespoons lime juice- roll it first to get the juices flowing! And add gradually to achieve the right consistency.
1 1/2 teaspoon lime zest
Combine sugar, lime juice and lime zest until you achieve a thin, soupy consistency. It will harden shortly after topping the cookie with it so it can be quite thin. Spoon on top of the cookies and give a quick swirl with the back of the spoon if you want it to spread on the cookie and not remain in the center only. Allow to harden completely before moving.
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