The Florida-inspired cookie is quite addictive with a light and cake-y texture and a sweet coating of zesty glaze.
Are you looking for a getaway the whole family can enjoy? Here are six reasons why you should stay at The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota and also a cookie recipe to sweeten the pot.
Travel should be easy: the Sarasota, Florida airport is a short ride away from The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota and serviced by several carriers. I flew in from Berlin and stopped in Charlotte for a short flight to Sarasota and was picked up by prior arrangement by the hotel.
Food should be great. The hotel’s signature waterfront Jack Dusty restaurant has that covered with a seafood focused menu that is creative and done right. There are also other options nearby like the always-packed Shore on St. Armands Circle. The hotel offers a free scheduled shuttle to this appealing upscale area famous for shopping and dining.
You need a place the kids will enjoy. The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota has a Ritz Kids ( kids’ club) or you can all hop on the free scheduled shuttles to the Beach Club to enjoy a day around the kid-friendly pool or have an umbrella set up with loungers right on the beach.
There should be places of interest to visit. Two that I recommend are the exceptional bay front Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and the fascinating Ringling Museum, Art Museum and estate.
You should be able to relax. The pool on the resort is gorgeous for a swim or relaxing and SUP or kayaks are offered for rental nearby. Or treat yourself to a spa day: the Spa has a package of several treatments guaranteed to revive and relax you that is a wonderful value and out of this world.
You should have family fun. Walk to the Downtown Farmers Market (certain days check with concierge) and taste the locally-grown and handmade offerings. For lunch take the family to a down-home barbecue place the locals love called Nancy’s Bar-B-Q and get down and dirty with some of the best South Carolina slow-cooked style you have ever had.
Tip: stay on the Club Lounge level and walk right over to the lounge for a beautiful breakfast spread, daily snacks or wine in the evening. And especially for kids of all ages- they have a cookie bar!
- 2 ¼ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 oz. cream cheese at room temperature, cut into small pieces
- Zest of 1 key lime
- ½ cup butter melted and still warm
- 1 large egg room temperature
- 1 Tbsp. whole milk
- 1 Tblsp. Key lime juice
- ½ cup powdered sugar for rolling cookies
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Place sugar, cream cheese and lime zest in a large bowl.
- Pour warm butter over this and whisk until all combined.
- Add egg, milk and juice, whisk well.
- Add flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and coconut.
- Mix with rubber spatula until completely combined.
- Form 1-inch balls and lightly coat with powdered sugar.
- Place cookies on the baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
- Bake for 10 min.
Michelle was born with a fork in her hand. As a culinary travel writer and confirmed foodophile she delights in the world-wide discovery of new flavor profiles, spices, salts and herbs. Based in one of the world's foodie meccas; Portland, Oregon, not far from "Pinot Noir Heaven" Michelle shares culinary travel and chef's recipes. Her photography has appeared in Saveur Magazine and she has contributed culinary travel articles to Forbes online, WSJ online, Business Insider, Condé Nast Digital Media, Islands magazine and many others. A confirmed globetrotter, she still keeps her bags packed and fork in hand (well . . . except through airport security.)