Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Lime Cookies, plus a giveaway!

cherry blossom girl part two.

Spring is upon us here in the south, trees are blossoming, the daffodils are blooming, the days are longer. It’s lovely. I’m celebrating the best way I know how - baking cookies.

[86/365] limes

Really, really good cookies. They might be my new favorite. They are sweet, with a little bit of tang from the lime zest, crisp and crunchy. Perfectly balanced, and perfect for a spring day, maybe easter brunch? They are also really gorgeous, pale centers, with flecks of green, and dark brown edges.

Also to celebrate, and because I like y’all so much, I’m giving away this lovely light blue Emile Henry pie dish, courtesy of CSN stores site, cookware.com. Check out all their awesome cookware, and also their home bars. Thanks CSN!

Pie+Dish+in+Sky

What to do to enter:
Enter once by leaving a comment on this post and a way to contact you if you don't have a blog.

Enter a second time by tweeting about the giveaway to @honeyandjam AND leaving a ANOTHER comment on this post.

Enter another time by posting about this giveaway on your blog AND leaving ANOTHER comment on this post.

No entries after 11 pm EST this Friday, April 2nd.

I’ll select one winner through random.org Saturday.

[88/365] lime cookies

Tart Lime Cookies
makes about 60 cookies
The Modern Baker via So Good and Tasty

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cups cane sugar or regular granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
zest of 2 large limes
12 ounces (3 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 24 pieces
2 large eggs

sugar coating
1 1/2 cups demerara sugar (or just regular sugar)
zest of 1 lime

Mix the flour, sugar, salt, and lime zest in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse 10 times to reduce the zest to smaller pieces.

Add the butter and pulse until it is completely mixed into the dry ingredients, but the mixture is still powdery. Add the eggs and pulse until the dough forms a ball.

Turn out the dough onto a floured work surface and divide into two equal pieces. Form each into a cylinder about 8 inches long.

Clean any flour off the work surface and combine the demerara sugar and lime zest, working together with fingertips for a minute to release the lime flavor into the sugar. Pour the sugar onto the work surface in a wide line about 8 inches long. Roll one of the logs of dough in it to coat the outside completely. Repeat with the other log of dough. Wrap each log of dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.

When you are ready to bake the cookies, set racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat to 350˚F. Line cookies sheets with parchment paper.

Cut the logs of dough into 1/4-inch thick slices and arrange them on prepared pans about 1 inch apart on all sides. Repeat with the second log of dough, or wrap, freeze, and save it for another day.

Bake the cookies until they are firm and golden around the edges, 15 to 20 minutes. After the first 10 minutes, place the pan from the lower rack on the upper one and vise versa, turning the pans from back to front at the same time. Slide the papers off the pans to cool the cookies. If you only have one pan of cookies to bake, adjust the racks to the middle of the oven.

Store cookies at room temperature between sheets of wax paper in a tin or plastic container with a tight fitting lid.

297 comments:

  1. These look tangy and delicious and we are thinking great minds think alike...'cause Chris Ann has been working on a post and batch of cookies just like these! (I RT too!)
    ~kristin

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  2. Your cookies looked perfectly baked - a little crispy around the edges. My cup of tea is lonely. :)

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  3. Would love to try those lime cookies - I love lime everything! :)

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  4. I can't wait to start baking pies again, using fresh spring ingredients! The blue of this Emile Henry pie dish makes me anxious to be able to enjoy the beautiful blue skies of spring.

    Thanks CSN and Honey & Jam for this great giveaway!

    stigg100@chapman.edu

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  5. Lovely cookies! I do so love your photos where the string of the teabag is out of the cup. And the wildflowers, just lovely.

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  6. mmm...I think I'll make those cookies this weekend!

    I think I'm the only foodie who doesn't own a pie dish of any variety. I need this! :)

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  7. That pie dish is adorable. And I cant wait to try these cookies!

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  8. Cookies look wonderful! Nice & fresh.

    richcarolnevarez@aol.com

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  9. Lime is my favorite! I am certainly thinking I need to make these, and soon! Love the flirty pie plate, too! So cute, thanks!

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  10. Oh! I've been wanting to make these ever since I saw So Good and Tasty's post. And that first photo is perfectly lovely - the colors, just beautiful.

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  11. They look delicious, I can't wait to try them!

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  12. i have this in red and would loveeee it in that pale blue. the lime cookies look delightful and are on my to-make list! thanks hannah:)

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  13. Beautiful dish! I love that Robin's egg color. Perfect for Spring. :)

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  14. those cookies sound so delish!!!

    cindyascott{at}yahoo.com

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  15. those cookies sound delicious! thanks for the chance to win that fabulous emile henry pie dish (and for the cookie recipe)!

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  16. I would make a deep dish blackberry-chocolate pie in it

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  17. these look like the perfect mix of tart and crunchy. i'm a sucker for anything lime, and may just have to try these out for easter!

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  18. I agree, GA is beautiful in the spring! I especially love it here in Athens :) The cookies look excellent, btw!

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  19. What a sweet little pie dish, and those cookies sound incredible!

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  20. Would you be mad if I were MOST excited about winning cookies? But the dish would rock for a marionberry pie. But cookies... yum, cookies!

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  21. I saw your lime photo the other day and wondered what you would create. I am so happy you made cookies:) They look amazing!

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  22. These cookies look great and I think I'll have to try them this weekend. Also, I'd be so happy to have a dish from Emile Henry! annepatterson at gmail dot com

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  23. Oooh, what a lovely pie dish... I want!!

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  24. Just re-tweeted and realized I spelled my blog wrong on the entry above =p

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  25. I love lime cookies, well lime anything. What a beautiful plate too. I'll try and Tweet later.

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  26. They look delicious! :]

    oliviapalmisano@aol.com

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  27. Lime cookies? Whaaat! I am a huge lime fan.

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  28. Hannah, these looks delicious! I'll have to try them. I love lemon cookies but I've never tried lime.

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  29. Your pictures are lovely, as always. I would love to win the pie dish, but more than that I would love to make these cookies! I really enjoy your blog :)

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  30. oh yum, botht those cookies and that pie plate are delish!
    off to tweet-tweet-tweet

    omofthenoodle AT yahoo DOT com

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  31. I tweeted you- I think, I am new to twitter so hopefully it worked :)

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  32. Great rcipe and the pie dish is gorgeous

    dftrew(At)gmail(dot)com

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  33. Well, add me to the group of the bakers - I'm making them too, also for Easter, I think.
    Your first image is perfection to me. Bright, almost slightly overexposed background and the table top, but the limes are in perfect lighting. Oh, what skill you have.
    Can you share with me if you used a light screen for this photo?

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  34. They are really, really good aren't they! Perfect with tea. I've been thinking about making more. Love your shots, and that little wooden spoon is so cute!

    Great giveaway, that pie dish is a lovely shade of blue and since berry pie season is almost here it would be perfect overflowing with berry juice.

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  35. I'm craving something citrus flavoured and was looking for a lemon muffin recipe but these cookies look very tempting! :) I'm a bit jealous of your beautiful blossom trees, they are so gorgeous! I hope I will see them here soon too.

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  36. I Love that color! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  37. I love that dish! It's my favorite color!

    iamwhole@yahoo.com

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  38. Your photos are so inviting, and the cookies look good.

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  39. oh, lemon pie would be wonderful in that dish!

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  40. I love the look of the cookies with the sugar on the edges!

    Btw, my heart skipped two beats when I saw that pie plate! I've had my eye on some Emile Henry pie plates for a few months now. Just haven't been able to part with the cash! Lol ;)

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  41. Yum those look delicious! Adding it to my list of recipes to try!!

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  42. And here's my blog about it: http://strivingsimply.blogspot.com/2010/03/ooo-giveaway.html

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  43. your photos are always so lovely. and that sweet little blue dish is divine.

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  44. Yeah for give-aways! I can't wait to try these! email: chase.rief@gmail.com

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  45. yum! and what a cute pie plate :)

    --julie.mccomish{at}gmail{dot}com

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  46. What a pretty pie pan! I love citrus desserts! Your cookies look great!

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  47. I tweeted! http://twitter.com/slidesideways

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  48. I covet that pie dish jvg5400@gmail.com

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  49. I tweeted this too! - soonsoon881@gmail.com

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  50. I posted about your giveaway on my blog.

    http://thesugarqueenbakes.blogspot.com/2010/03/check-out-giveaway-over-at-honey-jam.html

    Kathy

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  51. Beautiful pie dish. Would look great filled with a lovely Easter quiche! The cookies sound very interesting, too. I'll share that recipe with my little baker, Sweetheart. :-)

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  52. oh my! these cookies look and sound delicious! i'll have to try this recipe as well :) gorgeous pie plate.... fingers crossed :)

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  53. i love this pie plate - would be perfect with the colors in my kitchen. and those cookies look amazing too!

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  54. I can see it now...a pretty key lime pie in that pretty blue pie plate.

    So pretty!!

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  55. The sugar coating is cool, I never would have thought of that. The last time I made lime cookies, I just coated them in powdered sugar-- which was good, but I but the sugar coating is better!

    somewhatawkward@gmail.com

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  56. I've never commented before, but i love your blog and beautiful photography! I also love that pie plate...i could make my hubby one tasty pie in that!!

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  57. And I've got a whole bag of limes in the fridge from Costco. It almost seems meant to be?! :)

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  58. Such a lovely dish, I would absolutely love to win it!

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  59. That is my favorite color blue! Would love to win. :)

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  60. Love your blog, love your pictures, love the recipe and love that pie dish! :)

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  61. I love EH plates. I could make the best looking casseroles in them!

    j dot marilyn dot evans at gmail dot com

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  62. Love Love your blog!! And, these cookies look heavenly!! XO

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  63. hello hannah :) the cookies sound so delicious! i love pretty much any citrus dessert so i cant wait to try these out! thank you! the picture of the limes is so pretty.

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  64. I would love those cookies. I adore anything lemon or lime. The pie plate is gorgeous! How fun it would be to win it. ♥

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  65. I believe that cherry blossom picture made my heart skip a beat!

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  66. I was just thinking about baking cookies this morning. Your Tart Lime Cookie recipe sounds great. Lime is good in just about everything! I've been baking pies lately -- lemon meringue, double chocolate cream -- so winning the beautiful blue pie dish would be wonderful!

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  67. I'd love to make these for my father since he LOVES anything with lime! Thanks for the recipe and giveaway!
    e.estt[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  68. These cookies look fantastic and the photo is beautiful!

    megkellysm(at)gmail(dot)com

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  69. What a lovely giveaway...can't wait to try the cookies!
    barjh@comcast.net

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  70. That pie dish is the cutest thing! And I can't wait to try the cookies. I made your rustic apple cake today! Yum!

    http://apronstringsandknittedthings.blogspot.com/

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  71. i dont have a twitter, but i did post about it on my blog! i hope that you have a great week, dear! xo
    http://color-eye-see.blogspot.com/2010/03/giveaways-make-me-smile.html

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  72. What a beautiful pie pan! I love the color.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    -Lydia Jane
    791991@gmail.com

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  73. Hey! I'm Dani Epstein. Read the blog religiously, but never entered a contest before so I thought I'd try it out.

    Contact Info:
    earlismyfish@gmail.com
    or
    letusgothenyouandi.tumblr.com

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  74. Oh my, those sound absolutely lovely. I've got to try them!

    xandra.barr@gmail.com

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  75. those look amazing....i am totally going to try that recipe.
    what an awesome giveaway, too.

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  76. Yum! I too am going to give this recipe a spin...thanks for sharing! I hope I win!

    1lifethroughthelens@gmail.com

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  77. Thank you so very much for the recipe.
    Nothing like a bite of lime with a sparkling beverage (seltzer water).
    The pie dish is so beautfiul.

    msgb245 at gmail dot com

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  78. These cookies look so yummy. I love citrus desserts :)

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  79. I twitted http://twitter.com/thescorpiowoman/status/11338487185

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  80. I want that pie pan!!! And I'm so making those cookies.
    takemebackstage@gmail.com

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  81. Entering again! Posted about your blog/contest here:

    http://sbeth76.livejournal.com/307693.html?mode=reply

    takemebackstage@gmail.com

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  82. i love the blue colour of the pie dish! so pretty!

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  83. my mom has one of these in red that i've tried to steal on numerous trips home. she (and i!!) would both love me to get one.

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  84. I have to enter. And to say I love those budding trees!

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  85. oh my goodness these cookies are so cute!!

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  86. i tweeted you! http://www.twitter.com/pbjenny

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  87. i also blogged you. gosh, i want this pie plate.

    http://jenntwentyten.wordpress.com/2010/03/30/on-really-cute-pie-plates/

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  88. i love that delicate dish!!!
    ps. those cookies are perfect for an Easter celebration

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  89. I love lemon cookies. rhisomers@gmail.com

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  90. Ohhhh I love pretty dishware and I have no fun pie dishes!!

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  91. that looks so pretty, and I need a new pie dish!

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  92. Oh, I am so ready for summer fruit for pie!

    Also, lime is amazing, and I can't wait to make these cookies. Mmmmm.

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  93. it's beautiful!

    you can contact me at elektra13 at juno.com.

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  94. i'm in the market for a pie dish! would love.

    ps. those cookies look deeelish. my husb loves lime-flavored anything.

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  95. I've saved this recipe to try it...love anything lemon/lime. Thanks for posting it. I'd love to enter your giveaway!

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  96. The blue pie dish is very springy! I like your pink trees pic...

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  97. Ah, I can't wait until spring REALLY hits the Midwest. I'm tired of brown. :)

    Your cookies look delicious. LOVE your photos. Thanks for hosting this giveaway, and have a wonderful evening!

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  98. I tweeted! Thanks for the second chance to win.

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  99. they look like a perfect cookie for spring.
    and i really do need a new pie dish.

    jacquieastemborski AT comcast DOT net

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  100. I love the tree. Blooms like that are just breathtaking. Lovely giveaway as well Hannah =D.

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  101. I love lime - these cookies sound delicious!


    girottih@yahoo.com

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  102. These are almost identical to some that my grandma has ALWAYS made in the summer : )

    sarahcleimbach@gmail.com

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  103. Yumm! I wish I have cherry tress like that around here. The colour is so fresh and wonderful. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  104. Your pictures continue to astound me... each time I am floored at how beautiful you can make just about anything. Course these cookies look so refreshing, I'm not sure they needed the help, but for those of us who can't taste them, we happily live through your photos.

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  105. what a beautiful dish! and the cookies too. they sound great.

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  106. I love the color of that pie dish! It's adorable! :)

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  107. Lovely dish, and the recipe looks fabulous. Thanks for the contest, Hannah!

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  108. Love the dish- love the recipe can't wait to try!
    kpmcelligott@gmail.com

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  109. oh my goodness i love the dish. i would have a lot of fun baking + photographing with this bad boy.

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  110. i tweeted! http://twitter.com/aktto/status/11347353210

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  111. i'd love to win this, i love blue and i love kitchen things!!

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  112. I love all things blue...........and those cookies look delicious!

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  113. Oh my goodness, what a gorgeous dish!! Robin's egg blue... perfect for my name. :)

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  114. That is an absolutely gorgeous pie dish. I might even want to make pie with it.

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  115. Very pretty cookies, they sound like they'd go well with tea. Saving this recipe.

    Can contact me at
    yourstruely042@gmail.com

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  116. Wow, those cookies look AMAZING! Yum. :) The pie plate is gorgeous as well!

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  117. Those sound wonderful! I like lime very much :)

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  118. As far as tweeting to my blog, my Twitter (syllana ;) ) posts both to LJ and Facebook :)

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  119. These look really good and I think I have all the ingredients!

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  120. These look absolutely divine! Just what I needed for our Easter Brunch!

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  121. That pie dish is beautiful! And those cookies look amazing. I've got a few limes sitting around here - might give it a try. Thanks!

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  122. Wow, everything in this post is so yummy looking, from the blossoms to the pie plate!

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  123. Oh my, those cookies look amazing. Love the photographs, as always! Lime sounds like something I would love to work with now. So fresh and bright. The spring sun makes all the difference!

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  124. lemon cookies? you can keep 'em. lime cookies, on the other hand, are welcome in my mouth anytime. :)

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  125. I sure love anything lime - and these cookies look super delicious! Beautiful styling!

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  126. mmm.....so yummy! And the pie dish is beautiful!
    tomatodumplings@gmail.com

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  127. The pie plate is lovely and the cookies are so springish they look delicious

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  128. These look yummy and I am lovin' that dish!!
    Christy Rose
    cbrose1@hotmail.com

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  129. I would love to win - blue is my favorite color!

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  130. Mmmmmm. These look delicious. I've been going through a cooking (not baking) streak lately, but might have to make an exception for these.

    ruggerteach@gmail.com

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  131. Love lime! I bet those cookies are great!
    I totally want that pie dish...it would inspire me to make more pies ;)

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  132. Yumm! I will make those cookies soon!!
    And I would love to win the pie dish, I want to experiment this summer with new recipes.
    (escuishi@hotmail.com)

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  133. I also twitted, but I am new at twitter and I do not know if I did it correctly (my twitter name is Amapanther, escuishi@hotmail.com)

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  134. Okay, here's my first entry 1.)because I'm going to make these cookies tomorrow, 2.)because I adore that pie plate AND the color!, 3.)because pie plates are virtually impossible to find in Thailand, and I made the mistake of not bringing mine with me from the States when we moved here! Ha. :)

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  135. And... here's my second entry for tweeting about it from my name @unglamorouslove

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  136. Great giveaway! I've made tons of lemon cookies but never lime, those look great!



    katiecitrowske at hotmail dot com

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  137. They do look yummy. Lime is not my favourite, but lemon. I bet they would be great with lemon.

    LisaDay

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  138. I've never had lime cookies before! They sound divine.

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  139. I'm not sure what those blossoms are in the first shot, perhaps cherry? Or even plum? Whatever they are, they are beautiful and I sure wish I had a view of those out my window! As always, lovely capture, and lovely post! Happy Spring to everytone!

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  140. Tweeted... craving pie, cookies, and warm spring mornings... is there a delivery service for that sort of thing?

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  141. These look so delicious!!! I have to try it!

    Love the Emile Henry pie dish, I hope I win.

    Camila Faria
    naomemandeflores@gmail.com

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  142. I've been eyeing Emile Henry pie dishes for the past year, but haven't settled on a color. That blue is gorgeous! Your photos are always such an inspiration.

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  143. i would love a special pie dish for delicious summer fruit tarts!

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  144. Wow these cookies are just soo cute!! I love the photo of them!! I might need to make these one spring day!

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  145. Love the lime in the cookies. spring is here!!
    Imma make these cookies really soon(:

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  146. Love lime! I also really love that pie plate.

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  147. I would love to win this pie plate! And lime is my favorite dessert flavor!

    emilyerin19@gmail.com

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  148. i've seen this recipe before and i've always wondered if it was really "that good" well i think you convinced me this time! mmmm i think today might be a cookie day <3

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  149. Love the recipe, I like anything citrus, and of course that pie dish is beautiful! I enjoy your blog!

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  150. of course I am going to have to comment:0)
    I am sure that I could come up with plenty of yummy pie recipes to put in that wonderful dish but while I am waiting with everything crossed for you to announce the winner,I am going to give those yummy cookies a whirl:0)
    Enjoy the day
    Natasha

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  151. Such a pretty bowl! Just tweeted - Fitness4Looks.wordpress.com! Lime cookies sound so yummy!

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  152. I love lime cookies!
    pick me!
    anconway@gmail.com

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  153. What a pretty dish! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  154. I'm drooling over the cookies AND the pie dish! :)

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  155. My first comment on your website, a friend introduced me to your blog recently and I love it! Definitely added to my favorites, and I especially love your photography, simply stunning.

    This cookies look wonderful... and so does the dish! ;)

    Also, bloggers such as yourself inspired me to start my own blog! I have only been writing for a little while, but feel free to check it out if you like.

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  156. I love the color of that dish!!! It's exactly the color I want to do my kitchen in. The cookies look pretty darn good too. Julia M

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  157. Thanks for the giveaway and the recipe!!

    denny1600@gmail.com

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  158. Yum! Those look delicious, and that dish is lovely! ncsteinberg@gmail.com

    www.litelwonderland.com

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  159. These cookies sound delicious!! I'm now dying to try them! Also, I LOVE the pie dish!!

    bluesplash007@yahoo.com

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  160. What a beautiful Spring color! And those cookies look delish too!!

    Julie375@aol.com

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  161. Love cookies that don't involve chocolate - thanks!
    c_liskiewitz@yahoo.com

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  162. Can't wait to try these cookies and I love the pie plate.

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  163. Just posted this on my blog
    http://footballsanddaisies.blogspot.com/

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  164. I constantly crave lemon or lime baked goods and really want to try these. I might have to see if I can lighten up the butter load a bit though!

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  165. These look delicious! And I LOVE the color of that pie dish almost as much as I love checking your blog!

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  166. As always Hannah I love your photos!! Keep up the awesomeness!

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  167. Those Cookies look wonderful! I'll definitely be making them soon.
    kerrywicklund@yahoo.com

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