Here in New York it is a yucky February day complete with snow, sleet and freezing rain, so a hint of the tropics sound good right now! Sadly I won’t be in the tropics anytime soon, but a tropical cookie like these Mojito Sugar Cookies can help me dream about warm and sunny climates.
Mojitos are a traditional Cuban drink, and the simple flavors are perfect for cookies. These Mojito Sugar Cookies are made with a mixture of lime and mint, with the rum added on as a glaze.
I took my basic sugar cookie recipe, added lime zest, lime juice and mint leaves, and increased the flour a little bit to offset the extra liquid. When I have recipes that call for lime zest I sometimes skip it, because it is kind of a pain to zest citrus. But I think it is essential in this recipe, and in addition to adding flavor, the lime zest and mint combine to make pretty green flecks in the cookies.
I decided not to add rum in the cookies, because I think the flavoring would have been lost during baking. So I made a simple rum glaze instead to drizzle on top of the cookies. If you want to make the cookies non-alcoholic you could use lime juice instead of rum for the glaze.
Or you could leave the glaze off the Mojito Sugar Cookies entirely. I ate a few before I glazed them and they were tasty!
- ½ c. butter
- ½ c. white sugar
- 1 lime
- 2 T mint leaves
- 1 t. vanilla
- 1 egg
- 2 c. flour
- ½ t. baking soda
- ½ t. salt
- ½ c. powdered sugar
- 2 T. rum
- Preheat the oven to 375.
- Cream the butter and sugar until well mixed.
- Zest and juice the lime and add the zest and juice to the butter and sugar mix.
- Put the mint leaves in a food processor to mince finely, and add to the butter and sugar mix.
- Add the vanilla and egg to the mixture and mix until well combined.
- Add the flour, baking soda and salt and mix until dough is firm.
- Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and squish with a drinking glass.
- Bake on ungreased cookie sheets for 11 minutes, until brown on the bottom.
- To make the glaze, whisk the powdered sugar and rum until smooth. Drizzle over the cookies.
It’s that time of year again, the time when many of us want to daydream about being somewhere else. A tropical treat is just the ticket! The Creative Cookie Exchange is going all tropical this February, and that could mean anything from fruit to spices to cut-out cookies. We’ve got you covered!
You can also use us as a great resource for cookie recipes. Be sure to check out our Pinterest Board and our monthly posts (you can find all of them here at The Spiced Life). You will be able to find them the first Tuesday after the 15th of each month! Also, if you are looking for inspiration to get in the kitchen and start baking, check out what all of the hosting bloggers have made:
- Chocolate Dipped Macadamia Nut Cookies by A Baker’s House
- Coconut Mango Butter Cookies by Oven Delights
- Frosted Pineapple Shortbread Cookies by Magnolia Days
- Guava Lava Cookiess by Flours & Frostings
- Hawaiian Raincoast Crisps by All That’s Left Are The Crumbs
- Key Lime White Chocolate Chunk Cookies by 2 Cookin’ Mamas
- Lime Coconut Bars with Macadamia Nuts and White Chocolate Chunks by The Spiced Life
- Macadamia Nut and White Chocolate Chunk Cookies by Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Mojito Sugar Cookies by Upstate Ramblings
- Passion Fruit Curd Shortbread Cookies by Live. Bake. Love.
- Pineapple Coconut Cookies by A Shaggy Dough Story
- Pineapple Macadamia Nut Shortbread by Food Lust People Love