Lime, Coconut and Cream Cheese Cookies

lime coconut cream cheese cookies with limes in background

These soft, chewy cookies are so easy to make and so full of flavour.

After my neighbour generously gave me a big batch of limes, I went through a serious lime baking phase. If you don’t believe me, check out my recipes for Lime Butter and these Lime Butter Puffs.

As it was, I got an opportunity to return the favour a few weeks later when Luce asked if I’d bake something for morning tea for her bridge ladies. I know those ladies need something restorative to have with their bridge break cuppa but I also know that they don’t like anything too sweet nor too crunchy (because you know, fragile teeth!)

lime coconut cream cheese cookies on cooling rack

I wanted to create a recipe with Luce’s limes and I also wanted to use up the last bit of cream cheese in the fridge so that’s how this recipe came to be. I love the combo of brown sugar and lime, it gives such a rich flavour and I love the chewiness of the coconut with the zest of the lime.

These cookies are more cakey than crunchy and utterly delicious –  so much so that I can’t stop, won’t stop making these cookies! They’re uber quick, easy and delicious! 

Do you like your cookies cakey or crunchy? If you got given a batch of limes, what would you make with them?

picking up a lime coconut and cream cheese cookie

Makes about 24 cookies (easily doubled)

Ingredients

125g butter, softened

45g cream cheese, at room temperature

grated rind of 1 lime

1/2 cup (110g) firmly packed brown sugar

1 egg

 scant 2/3 cup (95g) plain flour

1/2 cup (75g) self raising flour

1/4 cup (20g) desiccated coconut 

lime coconut cream cheese cookies on cooling rack

How to – Traditional

  1. Preheat oven to 180C. Line two baking trays with baking paper.
  2. Beat butter, cream cheese, rind and sugar in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in the egg. Stir in half the flours and half the coconut.
  4. Stir in the remaining flours and coconut.
  5. With slightly wet hands, roll level teaspoons of dough into balls and place about 3 cm apart on trays. Flatten slightly with a fork. 
  6. Bake cookies for about 15 minutes and cool on trays.

close up lime coconut cream cheese cookies

How to – Thermomix

  1. Preheat oven to 180C. Line two baking trays with baking paper. 
  2. Add butter, cream cheese and sugar to TM bowl. Mix for 30 seconds on speed 4.
  3. With the blades running on speed 3, add the egg through the hole in the lid and mix for 15 seconds.
  4. Add half the flours and half the coconut and mix on interval speed  for 15 seconds.
  5. Add the remaining flour and coconut and mix on interval speed  for a further 15 seconds.
  6. With slightly wet hands, roll level teaspoons of dough into balls and place about 3 cm apart on trays. Flatten slightly with a fork. 
  7. Bake cookies for about 15 minutes and cool on trays.

picking up lime coconut cream cheese cookies