Lemon Lime Shortbreads

Sunday 9 June 2019

Today (Saturday as I write this) we were able to watch the annual Trooping of the Colours on the television with the Birthday Parade for the Queen at the Horse Guards Parade in London, down the mall from Buckingham Palace. 

NOBODY does pageantry, pomp and ceremony like the British!  What a wonderful display this annual parade this is, filled with colour and tradition and music.  
I just love it!   I love seeing all of the Royal family and their children.  Seeing what the girls are wearing  . . . 

Its always incredibly elegant!  This was Megan's first appearance since the birth of little Archie and she looked lovely in Navy and White.  
Kate did not disappoint in her lovely lemon coloured dress, and of course this was the first time we have seen little Prince Louis publicly in this way.  He was charming with his waves and clapping from the royal balcony at the palace during the fly pass! 

I took the opportunity to bake us some special cookies that we could enjoy with a hot cup of lemon tea as we watched the event.  Lemon Lime Shortbreads! 

You can't get much more elegant than shortbread cookies/biscuits!  Crisp and buttery  . . .  they almost flake in your hands  . . . perfect.

These are even more perfect because they are filled with little dimples of lemon curd prior to baking.  Oh so tasty  . . .

I use  my own homemade Lemon Curd  . . .  but you can use any good quality store brand if you wish.  Oh, I do so love LOVE Lemon Curd, don't you? 

The biscuits themselves are infused lightly with the flavours of a good vanilla paste and  the finely zested peel of a fresh lime, along with some of the juice . . .

A lime juice icing glaze gets flicked over the finished cookies . . .  adding even more lovely citrus flavours  . . .  lemon & lime . .  . a beautiful combination!

These truly are lovely . . .

The occasion also afforded me the opportunity to break out some of my vintage linens  . . .  the edges decorated in pink  . . .

both embroidery and applique  . . .  so pretty and dainty . . .  

My Katie Alice tea service goes wonderfully with these delicate linens  . . . 

We almost felt like Royals ourselves  . . . 

We even practised the wave with each other  . . .  in another life maybe.  I wonder what it feels like to grow up or live in such an atmosphere of privilege  . . .  a double edged sword I can imagine.   
I am so happy that the two princes were able to marry for love . . .

Looking at them all on the balcony, at William and Harry and their wives  . . .  and William's children . . .  I could not help but shed a tear for what Diana has missed out on  . . .  just wasn't to be I guess . . .  so sad.  I am sure she looks down on them often and is very proud of the men they have become.  
I think this is largely because of her and her influence. I really do.  They had the most "normal" of upbringings that any Royals ever had, and they are good men.

In any case do bake these cookies.  You will quite simply adore them!

Yield: 42 cookies
Author: Marie Rayner

Lemon Lime Shortbreads

Crisp, short buttery shortbread cookies, infused with lovely lime flavours, a lemon curd filling and a lime icing glaze.  Seriously moreish!


For the Cookies:
  • 230g unsalted butter, at room temperature (1 cup)
  • 130g granulated sugar (2/3 cup)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste or pure vanilla
  • the juice of 1/2 fresh lime
  • the finely grated zest of one small lime
  • pinch salt
  • 280g +2 TBS plain flour (2 cups + 2TBS)
  • lemon curd to fill
For the Glaze:
  • 130g icing sugar, sifted (1 cup)
  • the juice of 1/2 lime


How to cook Lemon Lime Shortbreads

  1. Cream the butter, sugar, vanilla bean paste/vanilla, salt, and lime juice and zest together in a bowl until creamy with an electric whisk, scraping down the sides of the bowl periodically.  Add the flour in 3 parts until well combined.  Cover and chill for 1 hour in the refrigerator.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/ gas mark 4.  Line several baking trays with baking paper. 
  3. Shape the chilled dough into 1 inch balls.  Place 2 inches apart on the baking sheets. Make an indention in the centre of each, using  the end of a wooden spoon. Don't try to push it in too deeply, only about halfway down. I rotate it a tiny bit to make the hole about 1/3 inch in diameter.  Fill each hole with heaped 1/4 tsp of lemon curd.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven  for 15 minutes, until puffed and the edges are golden brown.  Leave to rest on the trays for a few minutes before removing to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  5. Whisk the icing sugar and lime juice together until you have a smooth drizzle icing.  Flick over the cooled cookies and allow to set.  Store any leftovers in an airtight container.
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Yummity yummity yum yum yum!  Betcha can't eat just one! 


  1. I only saw photos.I msut say Kate is a most devoted loving mom.I love the way she is with children..you can feel such warmth.
    Lovely litte cookies marie..:)
    Sometimes the pomp and circumstance gets to me though..

    1. The Royals really live their lives dictated by pomp and and ceremony Monique, and I am sure that to them it becomes burdensome from time to time. I love the warmth of Kate with her children also. The smiles on William's face. These are true parents and you can see the love and pride beaming from them. It is heart warming. I am sure Harry and Meghan will be the same, but perhaps with even more freedom without the task of taking the throne one day hanging over their heads. I think their child is like 8th in line, after Harry who is 7th. These cookies are truly fabulous! xoxo

  2. I knew I'd print this out before I even saw the recipe. All I had to do was read the title!

    I love seeing the royals. I don't think it would be an easy life, even if it is an opulent. I do love seeing the young royals with their kids and am glad that unlike their gran, their children will be grown before William comes to the throne. I'm hoping Harry's son will have it easier. I think they'll do their best to try.

    1. I hope that Harry's son will have it easier. I expect they will. I would hate to have to live in that fishbowl. Whenever people grumble about how much they are paid, I think to myself, they earn every penny. How would they like to have to trade their lives with all of the freedoms enjoyed for a life that is lived under a magnifying glass. No thank you! I appreciate the Royals so very much. Not to mention the money brought into the economy via tourism and the love for all things Royal tourist wise! Back to the cookies, they are great! xoxo


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