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Margarita Cookies 

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These Margarita Cookies have the tang of lime juice and the kick of tequila; what’s not to love about that flavorful combination?

Margarita Cookies in a margarita glass and on a green paper with white polka dots.

If you are looking for the perfect Cinco de Mayo dessert this chewy cookie recipe is the recipe for you. It would go great with these Strawberry Margarita Cupcakes.

I love making cookies because they only require a few simple ingredients and they come together so quickly. If you love delicious cookies you may also enjoy these Irish Oatmeal Cookies.

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Why Lime And Tequila Are Paired Together

Sometimes the tequila you get from a bar isn’t always the best quality, so people started having their tequila with salt and lime to cover the not so great taste of the cheap tequila. Since the flavors of lime and tequila compliment each other well, this combination is used often, including in these delicious cookies.

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❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe

These tangy cookies are filled with sweet citrus flavor and are so easy to make. You and your friends will love these cookies. 

  • These cookies are so fun to make, especially because you get to roll the dough in sparkling sugar.
  • Since there’s alcohol involved, this dessert is always a hit at parties.
  • While your cookies are baking, your house will be filled with a delicious aroma.

If you love homemade cookie recipes like these, you may also enjoy these Funfetti Cookies.

🥘 Ingredients

Margarita Cookies ingredients.

You only need a few simple ingredients to help you make this sweet cookie recipe. Gather these ingredients from your pantry or local grocery store and get ready to enjoy this sweet treat with your family and friends. 

  • Flour: You will need plain or all-purpose flour to make this cookie dough; any brand will work just fine. 
  • Butter: I like to use unsalted butter when baking. It has a lower water content, which makes it great for baking. 
  • Lime: You will need lime juice and lime zest for these cookies. 
  • Tequila: Use your favorite brand tequila to make this tasty treat. 

See the recipe card for exact quantities.

🔀 Substitutions

Butter: If you don’t have unsalted butter, you can use salted butter instead. 

Sprinkles: Don’t have sanding sugar? You can use crystal sprinkles instead. 

🌈 Variations / Options / Add-Ins

Glaze: Whisk together a teaspoon or two of lime juice and two cups confectioners sugar to make a simple glaze to drizzle over these cookies. 

Orange Extract: Add a teaspoon of orange extract to the cookie dough for some extra citrus flavor. 

If you want a family-friendly version of a lime sugar cookie, try my Strawberry Lime Sugar Cookie Tarts.

🥄 Equipment Needed / Helpful Tools

You only need a few kitchen tools to help you make this delicious recipe. Gather these tools and get ready to sink your teeth into these soft and zingy cookies. 

🔪 How to Make Margarita Cookies

Making these cookies is so simple. Just follow the instructions below, or in the recipe card, and you will have some citrus flavored cookies in no time at all. 

Step 1: Preheat the oven and prepare your baking sheet

Preheat the oven to 350°. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set it aside.

Step 2: Mix together the dry ingredients

Add the flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder to a medium mixing bowl. Stir dry ingredients until combined, and then set the bowl aside.

Step 3: Mix the wet ingredients

Put the butter, sugar, eggs, tequila, lime juice and lime zest in a large mixing bowl. Use an electric mixer on medium speed to combine the ingredients until light and fluffy. This should take about 3-4 minutes.

butter, sugar, eggs, tequila, lime juice and lime zest in a large mixing bowl.

Step 4: Beat together the wet and dry ingredients 

Slowly add in the dry ingredients until fully incorporated.

the wet and dry ingredients are being mixed together using a hand mixer.

Step 5: Chill the cookie dough in the refrigerator 

Cover the mixing bowl with plastic wrap and put it in the refrigerator to chill for one hour.

chilled cookie dough in a large mixing bowl.

Step 6: Divide and shape the cookie dough

Put the Wilton sparkling sugar in a small shallow bowl.  Roll the cookie dough into 2 inch balls, one at a time, and place in the bowl.

Step 7: Roll in the sugar crystals 

Roll each cookie dough ball in the sparkling sugar and place on the cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Make sure each ball is about 2 inches apart.

cookie dough balls coated in sugar crystals are placed on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Step 8: Bake the cookies

Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes or until they start to brown slightly. Allow the cookies to cool for 3-5 minutes before moving them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Margarita Cookies on polka dots green cloth with lime and margarita glass with cookies on the side.

🍽️ Serving Suggestions

Serve these delicious lime cookies with your favorite Mexican-inspired dish, like these Instant Pot Tamales and enjoy this tangy Texas Margarita with it. 

closeup of Margarita Cookies on polka dots green cloth with  margarita glass with cookies on the side.

👩‍🍳 Pro Tips

Here are a few tips to ensure that the cookies turn out perfect for you every time that you make them. 

  • For best results make sure that your ingredients are room temperature before you start making the cookie dough.  
  • Cold butter or eggs will cause the dough to separate and be difficult to work with. 
  • Don’t over bake the cookies. Remove them from the oven when the edges are lightly brown.
  • I like to line my baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat so that the bottoms do not brown too much. You can use baking spray instead, however your bottoms will brown a little more. 

❓ Recipe FAQs

Do you have questions about this recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions for this recipe.

How to store

Store the cooled cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to five days.

Can I freeze these cookies?

Yes, you can freeze these cookies in a freezer-safe bag for up three months.  

Can I use tequila for baking?

Yes, tequila works well in baking, however be mindful about giving these sweets to kids.

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📋 Recipe

Margarita Cookies

Corinne Schmitt
These Margarita Cookies are sweet, tangy, and the perfect dessert to make for Cinco de Mayo.
5 from 14 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 Cookies
Calories 346 kcal

Equipment

  • cookie sheets lined with parchment paper
  • Mixing bowls
  • hand mixer or stand mixer

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks butter softened (1 cup butter)
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons Tequila
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • Zest from 1 lime
  • 8 ounces Wilton sparkling sugar

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°.
  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set it aside.
  • Add the flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder to a medium mixing bowl. Stir dry ingredients until combined, and then set the bowl aside.
  • Put the butter, sugar, eggs, tequila, lime juice and lime zest in a large mixing bowl. Use an electric mixer on medium speed to combine the ingredients until light and fluffy. This should take about 3-4 minutes.
  • Slowly add in the dry ingredients until fully incorporated.
  • Cover the mixing bowl with plastic wrap and put it in the refrigerator to chill for one hour.
  • Put the Wilton sparkling sugar in a small shallow bowl.
  • Roll the cookie dough into 2 inch balls, one at a time, and place in the bowl.
  • Roll each cookie dough ball in the sparkling sugar and place on the cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Make sure each ball is about 2 inches apart.
  • Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes or until they start to brown slightly. Allow the cookies to cool for 3-5 minutes before moving them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

  • For best results make sure that your ingredients are room temperature before you start making the cookie dough.
  • Cold butter or eggs will cause the dough to separate and be difficult to work with.
  • Don’t over bake the cookies. Remove them from the oven when the edges are lightly brown.
  • I like to line my baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat so that the bottoms do not brown too much. You can use baking spray instead, however your bottoms will brown a little more.

Nutrition

Serving: 1CookieCalories: 346kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 4gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 275mgPotassium: 82mgFiber: 1gSugar: 21gVitamin A: 510IUCalcium: 28mgIron: 2mg
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