Lime and Pepita Sugar Cookies
- 2 cups plus 5 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup softened butter
- 2 tablespoons oil
- Grated zest of 2 limes
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup lime juice
- 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup pepitas (hulled pumpkin seeds), chopped, toasted *
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
* To toast pepitas, heat them in a dry heavy skillet. Toss or stir so they won't burn. When they begin to smell toasty, they're ready. Cool before adding to dough.
- Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with bakers' parchment.
- Cream together 2 cups sugar, the butter, oil and zest of 1 lime. Add the eggs and mix well. Stir in the lime juice.
- Combine the flour, pepitas, baking soda and salt; stir to mix. Add to the creamed mixture; blend well.
- Combine the remaining 5 tablespoons sugar and the lime zest in a small bowl; stir well to distribute the peel evenly in the sugar.
- Using heaping tablespoonsful or a cookie scoop, drop balls of dough into the sugar/zest mixture and turn to coat. Place on the baking sheet. Flatten each ball with 2 fingers, first in one direction, then at a 90 degree angle
to the first to form round disc-shaped cookies about 1/4-inch thick.
- Bake for 9 to 10 minutes, or until the edges start to brown.
- Remove with a spatula to a rack to cool.
Yield: about 3 dozen cookies