Our cool SoCal summer is fading away fast and the yucky August heat waves are upon us...oh how I dread hot and sticky summer days. It's been a strange summer of coolness but it finally hit 88 degrees today. (It will get hotter when September rolls around.) I try and not use the oven when the weather permits but I really wanted to use the limes that I keep in abundance in my kitchen. These cookies had tropical summer written all over them with the combination of coconut and lime so it was a small sacrifice to use my oven.
Whenever you add the zest of a citrus, it always intensifies the recipe to another foodie dimension. The oils in the peel give the sweet fragrant flavor. I love the idea of adding citrus to the sugar cookie and maybe orange, lemon and grapefruit would be an interesting twist, too. These are great cookies whenever you want a little taste of tropical summer. All I am missing is a 'rum cocktail' with a little umbrella for my perfect taste of a tropical summer. Hmmmm.....
1 teaspoon baking soda
Gradually add in the dry ingredients and toasted coconut.
In a small bowl, add the ½ cup sugar with the colored sanding sugar. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of sugar cookie dough into balls using a small ice cream scooper and roll the dough in the sugar bowl until completely coated. Place on cookie sheets about 1 ½ inches apart.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Let stand on cookie sheet for 2 minutes before removing to cooling rack. Enjoy!
Yield: 4 dozen cookies