Lime and cardamom shortbread balls


  • Prep Time25 mins
  • Total Time50 mins
  • Makes40
Lime and cardamom shortbread balls

Cardamon lime shortbread cookie. (Photo, Sian Richards.)

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We love the combination of cardamon and lime. The balance of spice and citrus zing creates one incredibly irresistible cookie.


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tbsp lime zest

  • 1 tsp cardamom

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar


  • PREHEAT oven to 350F. Position racks in top and bottom thirds of oven. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment.

  • STIR flour with lime zest, cardamom and salt in a medium bowl.

  • BEAT butter with sugar in a large bowl, using a wooden spoon, until smooth, 1 min. Gradually stir in half of flour mixture, until just combined. Add remaining flour mixture, kneading with your hands, until dough forms a ball.

  • SCOOP dough and roll into 1-in. balls. Arrange on prepared sheets, 1 in. apart. Cookies will spread as they bake.

  • BAKE in top and bottom thirds of oven, switching sheets halfway through, until edges have set, 15 to 17 min. Leave on sheet for 5 min, then transfer cookies to a rack to cool completely.

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