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Sea Salt Lime Cookies

Take a simple lime cookie, add a sprinkle of salt, and you’ve got these fantastic Sea Salt Lime Cookies. A sweet and salty dessert dream!

Sea Salt Lime Cookies

These Sea Salt Lime Cookies are simple, buttery cookies with lots of lime juice and zest for a lovely citrus taste. If you love citrus flavors, then these will be right up your alley. (And don’t forget to try Triple Citrus Cookies, too!)

Top them off with a little sea salt, and you’ve got something extra special. It’s like a margarita in cookie form minus the tequila!

I have to say that when I first made these cookies, I expected to like them a lot. What I didn’t anticipate was how very much I would adore them. I’m so enamored with this particular combination of sweet and salty that I just can’t get enough of them!

stack of Sea Salt Lime Cookies

Most cookie doughs will benefit from a little chilling time. However, I find that this cookie dough works better if it’s not chilled. It’s easier to handle and portion at room temperature without resulting in much difference in how much they spread.

When you’re ready to portion the dough and place on the baking pan, I recommend using a scoop to portion the dough and then flatten the cookies. They will spread as they bake, so be sure to leave plenty of room between them on the pans.

plate of Sea Salt Lime Cookies

All it takes is just a little sprinkle of sea salt on these cookies to give them that wonderful salty bite. Any coarse salt will do, but I like to use a large flake sea salt like Maldon for these cookies.

If you like crispy cookies, add a couple of minutes to the baking time. I’ve baked them both soft and crispy, and my preference is soft or maybe about halfway to crispy. That gives you that little bit of crispy outside yet still soft on the inside. But crispy is really good, too, and that’s coming from someone who doesn’t really like crispy cookies.

If you’re a sweet and salty fan, then I urge you to bake a batch of these fabulous Sea Salt Lime Cookies. I hope you’ll find the sweet, tart lime plus a little salt to be as irresistible as I do!

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Sea Salt Lime Cookies

Yield about 30 cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes

Take a simple lime cookie, add a sprinkle of salt, and you've got these fantastic Sea Salt Lime Cookies!

plate of Sea Salt Lime Cookies


  • 1 & 3/4 cups (210g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest (about 1-2 medium limes)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (170g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice (about 1-2 medium limes)
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon sea salt, for sprinkling on top of the cookies


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners.
  2. Whisk together the flour, lime zest, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the egg yolk and lime juice.
  4. Reduce mixer speed to low. Gradually add the flour mixture, mixing just until combined.
  5. Drop the dough by tablespoonfuls onto the prepared pans, leaving about 3 inches between cookies. Flatten each cookie to about 1/2-inch thick.
  6. Sprinkle the top of each cookie with a pinch of sea salt.
  7. Bake, one pan at a time, 12 to 14 minutes, or until the edges of the cookies are lightly browned and the tops appear set.
  8. Cool on the pans for 5 minutes. Then transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

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    16 Comments on “Sea Salt Lime Cookies”

  1. These cookies look like they have such an amazing texture! I also love the combination of lime and sea salt – sounds divine and addictive!

  2. I just scoured my pantry/fridge to make sure I could make these. Going to make them tonight! Thanks for sharing – salt and lime is a must in our home!

  3. Was quite disappointed in these. They did not turn out. I’ll blame it on user error although I followed the recipe. Oh well I ate them anyway- I’m no quitter. 

    • Update: It WAS user error. After trying them again today with the CORRECT amount of butter 🙄🙄🙄…they were smashing! Great recipe- works best if you wear your glasses whilst baking 😬

  4. hi, can we replace eggs with something else?

    • Hello! I don’t have much experience with egg substitutes, so I can’t offer much guidance with any certainty. There are several things that are often substituted for eggs in baking, like applesauce and ground flax. And there are, of course, commercial egg substitutes. If you don’t have a substitute you like to use in baking, I’d suggest doing a quick search for egg substitutes in baking and see what your options are. Good luck!

  5. These turned out amazing, followed the directions exactly. Very subtle lime flavor.

  6. Any suggestion on what to flatten the dough with? It’s a sticky dough, and sticks to a glass bottom or anything else I tried. I ended up using my fingers (which it still stuck to).

  7. These came out perfect, exactly as written — Thank you!

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