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Celebrate National Sugar Cookie Day with 'summer-fied' cookies

It seems odd to me that today is National Sugar Cookie Day. Shouldn't it be around Christmastime when we eat cookies with hot cups of cocoa and coffee? Who decided we'd have it in the heat of mid-July?...

To celebrate "National Sugar Cookie Day" on The Great Indoors, Tracy Briggs adds coconut and lime to traditional sugar cookies for an amped up summer version of the traditional treat. Trevor Peterson/The Forum
To celebrate "National Sugar Cookie Day" on The Great Indoors, Tracy Briggs adds coconut and lime to traditional sugar cookies for an amped up summer version of the traditional treat. Trevor Peterson/The Forum

It seems odd to me that today is National Sugar Cookie Day. Shouldn't it be around Christmastime when we eat cookies with hot cups of cocoa and coffee? Who decided we'd have it in the heat of mid-July? But, with the premise that a cookie anytime of the year is perfectly fabulous, let's roll with it and do our best to "summer-fy" the sugar cookie by adding a little coconut and lime. Those flavors make me think of sipping cocktails at the pool, or at the very least sniffing my way through the Bath and Body Works summer sale. (Coconut Lime Breeze is my favorite of their scents). I've definitely taken the easy way out with this recipe. I chose to doctor up a tube of Pillsbury Sugar Cookie dough. But you can certainly make homemade dough instead. I just don't want, too. That's how I roll. My makeshift recipe got rave reviews from Trevor Peterson, who shot the accompanying video. And when I brought them to work, they were snapped up pretty quickly as well. Enjoy!

To celebrate "National Sugar Cookie Day" on The Great Indoors, Tracy Briggs adds coconut and lime to traditional sugar cookies for an amped up summer version of the traditional treat. Trevor Peterson/The Forum
To celebrate "National Sugar Cookie Day" on The Great Indoors, Tracy Briggs adds coconut and lime to traditional sugar cookies for an amped up summer version of the traditional treat. Trevor Peterson/The Forum

Easy Coconut Lime Sugar Cookies Ingredients 1 tube of Pillsbury Sugar Cookie dough 2 tablespoons of lime juice Zest of 2 limes (divided) ¾ cup shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened) Green decorative sugar Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Open tube of sugar cookie dough and put it into a bowl. Add lime juice and zest from one lime. Stir. Add coconut. Stir. If dough seems runny, put in refrigerator for 10 minutes to firm up. When the dough seems firm, drop by heaping spoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes or until edges are slightly brown. While cookies are baking, combine zest of last lime with some green decorative sugar. When cookies are done, immediately top with the zest/sugar mixture. Enjoy, and Happy National Sugar Cookie Day! Watch "The Great Indoors" with Tracy Briggs every Thursday on www.inforumtv.com.

To celebrate "National Sugar Cookie Day" on The Great Indoors, Tracy Briggs adds coconut and lime to traditional sugar cookies for an amped up summer version of the traditional treat. Trevor Peterson/The Forum
To celebrate "National Sugar Cookie Day" on The Great Indoors, Tracy Briggs adds coconut and lime to traditional sugar cookies for an amped up summer version of the traditional treat. Trevor Peterson/The Forum

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Tracy Briggs is an Emmy-nominated News, Lifestyle and History reporter with Forum Communications with more than 35 years of experience, in broadcast, print and digital journalism.
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