SRC: Basil Lime Cookies

After a month hiatus, the Secret Recipe Club is back! Although the club was seemingly going through some growing pains, I’m happy its back on track because I really do love being introduced to new bloggers.

My blog assignment for this month was the Big Fat Baker. Talk about an impressive collection of baked goods recipes! Holy cow! Erin has a dessert recipe for every occasion. It made it very hard to choose just one. Since I’ve still been slammed with work, I really wanted something that was going to be quick and easy, yet still new and exciting. These cookies jumped out at me, and since my basil plant out back is growing out of control, I thought they’d be perfect.

When I said to people I’m making basil lime cookies, most people gave me a strange look and asked “are they sweet?”. They actually taste kind of like margaritas to me. The herbaceous basil gives them a really fantastic flavor. I think these are going to become one of my regular, “signature”, cookies. I loved them that much!

Basil Lime Cookies recipe from Big Fat Baker 

  • 1 stick unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 6 ounces (3/4 cup plus 1 tbsp) sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 3 tbsp very finely chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 7 ounces (1 3/4 cup) flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and line the cookie sheets with a silicone mat or parchment paper.
  2. In a stand mixer (or hand-held mixer) cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy.
  3. Mix in the egg, vanilla, zest, and basil. Mix together until fully combined.
  4. In a separate bowl sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Then mix into the butter mixture until combined.
  5. Roll 1 tbsp of dough to make a little sphere. Repeat with remaining dough. Place about 1 inch apart on the cookie sheets.
  6. Bake 8 to 12 minutes, depending on the size of your cookies/oven.
  7. Allow to cool on a cooling rack for a few minutes 
Be sure to head over to Erin’s site to check out more of her fabulous baked goods. (Can you say strawberry panna cotta? Carrot cake truffles? Lavender shortbread?! I’m drooling)



  1. Yum! What a cool and unique cookie recipe.

  2. Visiting from SITS :) I’m also a fellow San Diego Mom Blogger !
    These look absolutely divine! I love basil…
    glad I found your site, can’t wait to read more :)

  3. I think you won me at “They actually taste kind of like margaritas to me.” I’ve already emailed the recipe to my baker :-)

  4. Looks good! Very interesting recipe.

  5. What a great flavor combination.

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my Group ‘A’ SRC entry: Crunchy Fudgy Heart Bites

    Cook Lisa Cook

  6. How creative! I’ll definitely keep these in mind in the summer when we have an overabundance of basil.

  7. These sound SO good and since you said they reminded you of a ‘rita, I’m going to try them :) Beautiful pics, too!

  8. I am so intrigued with the flavors in these cookies. I gotta try them. Sounds really different..Margaritas? yum

  9. How refreshing! This reminds me of a basil lemon sorbet I had in Italy. I was reluctant at first but basil with citrus just work together! I’m definitely trying these! Thanks for sharing!!

  10. Your photos are beautiful! I love the idea of basil and lime together. Stopping by from SRC!

  11. Hi Betsy,
    I have had my eye on these cookies all day, and I couldn’t wait to come over and talk about them. I just love a different cookie and the Basil and Lime combination would just be perfect for The Cottage. Your presentation of this cookie is awesome! It is fun cooking with you in the SRC.
    Miz Helen
    SRC #7

  12. You have basil growing out of control? In February? I’m green with envy! This is such a unique cookie, and the combo sound fantastic! So nice to find you via SRC.

  13. Its really great to find such unique recipes that turn out to be a favorite. Great find at SRC!

  14. I love things that sound a little different and these are really unusual but sound delicious. I love basil and lime and am intrigued about how they would taste in a cookie.

  15. Where did you get such beautiful basil? Wow! I love anything lime so know I would love these cookies and basil is my favorite herb next to lemon verbena. Love your blog and thanks for commenting on mine!

  16. What an interesting recipe selection – really great photo! I’m pinning this recipe. If you haven’t had a chance, please stop by and visit my SRC post for Giant Chocolate Toffee Cookies


  17. I have some basil in my fridge just calling out to me! I love trying out unusual cookies. They look so yummy!
    Thanks for visiting my blog

  18. I made these cookies tonight, and they turned out wonderfully. I adapted them a bit, added a little lime juice and less basil. Seriously refreshing and a great start to a wonderful upcoming summer. Tasted almost like a mojito without the mint, very interesting.
    Much enjoyed, thank you for sharing! I will be linking my blog post with my adapted version to yours so others can check out your creations as well.


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