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Lime-Poppy Seed Shortbread

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Lime-Poppy Seed Shortbread
  • Prep Time 45 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 10 min
  • Servings 24
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Treasure the moment by baking this traditional shortbread cookie dessert drizzled with candy coating – the perfect New Year’s Eve gift.

Ingredients

1/2
cup powdered sugar
3/4
cup butter, softened
2
tablespoons poppy seed
2
tablespoons grated lime peel
1 1/2
cups all-purpose or unbleached flour
4
oz. vanilla-flavored candy coating or almond bark, cut into pieces
Green decorator sugar

Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 325°F. In large bowl, combine powdered sugar and butter; beat until light and fluffy. Add poppy seed and lime peel; blend well. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. Add flour; mix well.
  • 2 Divide dough into 3 parts; shape each into ball. On ungreased cookie sheets, press or roll each ball of dough into a 5 1/2-inch round. With knife, cut each round into 8 wedges; leave wedges in place. Prick dough several times with fork.
  • 3 Bake at 325°F. for 17 to 22 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Cool 5 minutes; remove from cookie sheets.
  • 4 Place candy coating in microwave-safe bowl. Melt on HIGH for 1 minute or until coating can be stirred smooth. Drizzle cookies with coating; sprinkle with decorator sugar.
  • 5 Cool 15 minutes or until completely cooled. Break or cut into wedges.
Tips  

In Scotland, shortbread is a traditional New Year's Eve gift. Classic Scottish shortbread dough is fitted into decorative round molds before being baked and sliced into wedges. Shortbread are very rich and tender. Because of this, they are not the best cookie to send in the mail.

A rasp or micro-plane can be used to grate the lime zest for this recipe. Actually a woodworking tool, a rasp shaves zest with very little effort. Rasps are sold in cookware and woodworking stores.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Cookie
Calories
120
(
Calories from Fat
70
)
Daily Value
Total Fat
8g
12%
(
Saturated Fat
5g
25%
)
Cholesterol
15mg
5%
Sodium
65mg
3%
Total Carbohydrate
12g
4%
(
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
,
Sugars
6g
)
Protein
1g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%
4%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
2%
2%
Iron
2%
2%
Exchanges:
1 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 1 1/2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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