Margarita Cookies {Recipe}

Let’s Make Some Margarita Cookies and Celebrate

It’s my sister-in-law, Leisa’s, birthday and she is known for making one mean margarita.  This year I decided to craft a sweet recipe for margarita cookies just for Leisa and share it with y’all.  Leisa is from the south and is known for hospitality and her y’alls, so I might have to drop a few.

Key Lime Sugar CookiesI remember many wonderful summer evenings at my brother and sister-in-law’s home in California. My brother can be found out by the barbecue and Leisa can be found creating in the kitchen.

Spring is finally here and it’s time to break out the fresh recipes. In the fall and winter, my brandied sugar cookies are the staple but during the spring and summer I move to a lighter recipe. This week I decided I didn’t want to use my same ole’ recipe so I popped over to, Samantha’s kitchen, at Flour-De-Lis, and borrowed her Vanilla Bean Citrus Cut Out Recipe. She uses orange in her recipe and I decided to mix it up with Lime and Tequila. I had no idea how delicious vanilla beans and lime could be together. Just to warn you this combination could be habit-forming.

Just click here for a printable version.

Margarita Cookies {Recipe}

2 3/4 Cups Unbleached Flour

2 Tsp. Baking Powder

1 Pinch of Sea Salt

1 Cup Organic Sugar

1 Cup Unsalted Butter

1 Organic Egg

1 Tsp. Vanilla Bean Paste

1/2 Tsp. Key Lime Extract

1 Tsp. Tequila

1 Tbsp. Lime Zest


Preheat oven to 350.

Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in separate bowl.

Cream the sugar, butter and lime zest. Add the egg, vanilla bean, lime and tequila and mix until well-blended.  Gradually add the flour mixture and beat until combined, scraping down the bowl, especially the bottom to work in the dry bits with the more moist section of the dough. Chill dough in refrigerator for at least 2 hours this allows the flavors to develop.

Place on parchment lined baking sheets and bake for 9-12 minutes, depending on the size of your cutter. Let sit a few minutes on the sheet. Once cool transfer to cookie racks.

Roll on a floured surface to about 1/4″ and cut into shapes. You can use dowels on either side of your rolling-pin to make the dough even. You can cover these cookies in a simple tequila-lime glaze or go all out.

Lime Margarita Sugar Cookies

Decorating Margarita Cookies

Now on to decorating the cookies. If decorating scares you, have no fear, I will provide a painless solution. Just cut out simple circles and cover with a lime glaze. All the great taste, without all the drama. Click here for a printable recipe. Now for those of you who love to decorate cookies just add 2 tsp. of tequila and 1/2 tsp. lime extract to your favorite royal icing recipe. For those of you familiar with royal icing you may have to fiddle around with the liquid measurements to get the taste and consistency you would like.  If you want a stronger tequila taste, just add more tequila and less water.  If you are thinking I would like to try royal icing but you do not know where to begin, below are some links to some great royal icing recipes.

Here is the tutorial I used to make my margarita cookies, over at Glorious Treats. Glory, does an awesome job of showing you step by step how to make the glasses and limes. Enjoy. Would you like one more tid bit before I go? Have you ever have a bunch of limes but not enough time to use them? Just place limes in a bowl filled with water and cover with plastic wrap. This will help keep the limes hydrated instead of becoming hard and dry. By using this technique you can  prolong the life of the limes a couple of weeks, instead of a couple of days.

Key Lime Sugar Cookies

Enjoy, make sure to pop back over if you make them and let me know what you think! Happy Baking!







16 comments on “Margarita Cookies {Recipe}

  1. Kathia says:

    Your cookies look delicious and gorgeous! I can’t wait to make them

  2. All I need is a margarita while these bake. These are awesome. Thanks for bringing them to Ladies Night!

    1. melissa says:

      I know, right? Thank you so much for stopping by the blog!

  3. How To Make Apple French Toast says:

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  4. Lizy B says:

    Love!!! Great photography too! especially that last shot!

    1. melissa says:

      Thanks so much Lizy! I wish I could say I “loved” getting crushed playing Words with Friends 🙂

  5. Laura Pokas says:

    Refreshingly beautiful cookies.

    1. melissa says:

      Thanks so much Laura. I noticed we were sitting next to each other at the link up party! Your mint cookies look delicious..

  6. are we allowed to drink margaritas whilst decorating margarita cookies???? these look fab. will have to give them a go!

    1. melissa says:

      Of course! Though I would pick to have your strawberry daquiri whilst decorating lime cookies 🙂 I’m a strawberry fanatic.

  7. Diana Munoz says:

    These sound Yummmmy! Think I might make these, Thanks for sharing!

    1. melissa says:

      Thanks Diana!

  8. This is such a great idea for a summer time cookie. I’ll have to bookmark this for BBQ season! I love how you added flavorings to the icing to go with the cookies. I’ve never done anything more adventurous than vanilla and almond flavoring but now I feeling inspired to experiment!

    1. melissa says:

      Thanks, Janine! One of my favorite adventures was trying Amaretto. 🙂 For the chemist you, you might like to know that I learned baking alcohols are a natural perservative too. You will have to let me know how your experiment goes and what you decide to try!

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