|Key Limes and Key Lime Dough for Cooler Wafers|
Along US1, in Isla Morada, is a place called The Rain Barrel, a community of artists. It's impossible to miss The Rain Barrel, because there is a monster-size lobster which sits in front of the shops.
|At The Rain Barrel in Isla Morada|
Attack of the Monster Lobster
|On the Way, Key Largo|
The trickier part is finding the Key Limes which are necessary for this recipe. Most of them come from Mexico, and while they are easy to get in Florida, it may be more of a challenge in other parts. My advice is, if you find them, try this cookie.
Key Lime Cooler Wafers
2 Tsps grated Key Lime, approximately 4 - 5 Key Limes
Lime juice from 1 Key Lime.
1 C Four (unsifted)
1 Stick of salted butter at room temperature
1/2 C Powdered sugar (unsifted)
Key Lime Powdered Sugar Topping
2 Key Limes
1/2 C Powdered sugar
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Grate the rind of 4 to 5 Key Limes, careful not to eat into the pith (the white part of the skin). The Key Lime is very thin skinned and a slight amount of grating will reveal the pith immediately. Grate 2 teaspoons of rind and set aside. Squeeze 1 Key Lime into a bowl, careful to remove all seeds, and set aside.
|Make Two Rolls Out of the Dough|
In parts, add the flour and mix. Remove from the blender and knead the dough on an unfloured board. It will be firm and fragrant with the aroma of Key Lime. Separate and make into two rolls.
|Sliced Up Cookie Dough|
|Flatten the Wafers So They Are all the Same Thickness|
Remove the wax paper and transfer the cookies on the parchment paper to a baking sheet.
|"Are they Ready Yet?" |
Kippy Wants to Know
Keep your eye on these cookies. Since they are thin, you want to make sure they don't burn.
These coolers are some of my pups favorite cookies, and when I make them, there is a lot of activity in the kitchen from the boys. They love their Key Lime coolers!
|Out of the Oven|
When they come out of the oven, you'll want to eat them right away, but resist! They have a delicious tart taste to be sure, but you want to add the Key Lime Powdered Sugar Topping for the deliciously seductive contrast.
Key Lime Powdered Sugar Topping
|"I'm Not Waiting for the Topping". Yeager Studies His Options|
Place the powdered sugar in a plastic bag and set it aside. Grate the rind of two Key Limes, careful again not to incorporate the pith of the lime. With a mortar and pestle, crush the grated rind to extract the lime oil. You will smell the heavenly aroma of the Key Limes. Scoop out the rind Mix the grated rind with the sugar in the plastic bag. Let it sit for at least an hour to let the flavors blend.
|Dust the Cookies with Key Lime Powdered Sugar Topping|
When the cookies have cooled, place them in the plastic bag and shake for a good dusting of Key Lime Powdered Sugar Topping. You want to be careful not to do this too hard in case the cookie breaks up. And we all know the old saying about the crumbling cookie...
You will find that when the cookies come out of the bag, the dusting of sugar will be minimal. It provides only a very light coat of sugar.
|Sprinkled with Key Lime Powdered Sugar Topping|
This can also be served with a jam on the side. Any berry jam is a lovely complement. My mother has made blackberry jam as an accompaniment for these coolers and it sets off the lime flavor beautifully.
And as for my boys, each of them had more than one cooler... A lot more! It was a feast for all.
|Lauren in Key West|