Lime Meltaways – easy to make shortbread biscuits. They’re deliciously sweet, with a tangy, citrusy flavor and melt in your mouth.

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Lime Meltaways

I have an admission to make.

I’m a thief.

I can’t help it.

When I see fruit hanging from people’s trees, over the fence, unloved and clearly going to hang there until it falls to rot on the ground, I have to rescue it and make it into something delicious.

That’s how the original post for lime meltaways started and it’s really not far from the truth only this time, my aunt gifted me some of her homegrown limes.

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My first thought when I have an abundance of limes is always some sort of refreshing, cool drink but as it was still chilly at the time, something that goes with a cup of tea seemed like the next best thing.

Lime meltaways

Once you take a bite into these lime meltaways you will see where they got their name from.

The second a crumble hits your tongue it will begin to dissolve in sweet, citrusy deliciousness.

Lime Meltaways via www.clairekcreations.com

The texture is just like shortbread but they’re even easier to make especially if you use a stand mixer.

The hardest part is resisting eating them all.

I suggest making them to take somewhere and telling people what you’re bringing so they will expect it.

Lime Meltaways via www.clairekcreations.com

Tips for mastering this recipe:

  • Dough can be made up to three days in advance and kept in the fridge until you’re ready to bake it.
    • You can also slice off just a few pieces and bake them as you want them. This might help limit the number you eat in one sitting if you’re anything like me and can’t resist.
  • Dough can also be frozen. Just wrap the log in plastic wrap then I like to use a layer of aluminium foil then label it and pop it in the freezer. To save time, I always write the baking instructions on the outside too.
  • The tighter you roll the dough the prettier the finished biscuits will be. My first batch was a bit wonky.
  • If you feel like mixing things up you could use lemon or orange in place of the lime.


What about you?

Do you think it’s stealing if it’s hanging over the fence and the tree is laden with fruit?

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Lime Meltaways

Lime Meltaways

Yield: 24+


  • 168g (6oz) butter
  • 1/3 cup icing sugar
  • zest of 2 limes (I only used one as that's all I could carry with my iPod and keys)
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups + 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch (or corn flour)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup icing sugar (to dust)


  1. Cream the butter with the icing sugar then beat in the lime zest, lime juice and vanilla.
  2. Mix the flour, corn flour and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Beat the dry ingredients into the wet.
  4. On a piece of baking paper, roll the dough into a 1 1/4 inch log.
  5. Wrap it up in the baking paper and let chill in the fridge for at least an hour.
  6. Slice the dough into 1/2cm thick slices and place them on a baking sheet, 2cm apart from each other.
  7. Bake in a preheated 170C(375F) fan-forced oven until just lightly golden brown, about 12-15 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack for 4 minutes.
  8. Dredge cookies in icing sugar to coat.


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