Margarita Lime Cookies

I wanted to make some special cookies to celebrate this upcoming holiday weekend that captured the essence of summer and tasted like one of my favorite summer drinks-a classic margarita! Whether a margarita reminds you of a warm summer night or a sun drenched vacation south of the border, these cookies are certain to conjure up some wonderful memories. A soft and fluffy lime flavored cookie topped with tequila-spiked buttercream frosting. Little specks of lime zest can be seen throughout the whole cookie and frosting making them irresistible!

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Margarita Lime Cookies

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For the Cookies:

  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lime zest
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon tequila

For the Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) of butter, softened
  • 2 to 3 cups powdered sugar
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon tequila


  1. Adjust the oven racks to the upper-and lower-middle positions and heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Add the egg, lime zest, lime juice, milk and tequila; beat at medium speed until combined, about 30 seconds. Add the dry ingredients and beat at low speed until just combined, about 30 seconds, scraping down the bowl as needed.
  4. Drop by rounded tablespoons of dough onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving about 3 inches between the cookies. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until cookies are somewhat firm. Allow to cool on the sheets for 2 minutes, then transfer to wire cooling racks to cool completely before frosting.
  5. To make the frosting: in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter, 2 tablespoons lime juice, lime zest and powdered sugar until light and fluffy. Add more lime juice if needed to reach the desired consistency. After cookies are completely cool, ice them with a small spatula or butter knife.

Yields: 2 dozen cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Bake Time: 15 minutes

Source: adapted from Bakingdom

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7 Responses to Margarita Lime Cookies

  1. Brittany says:

    These look sooo good, and refreshing!

  2. Margaritas in cookie form?! Yes please!

  3. Heather says:

    OH MY! Makes me wish dearly that I had a lime! Definitely trying these!

  4. Any cookie that calls for tequila is a winner in my book.

  5. Jo says:

    Oh My Gosh! This recipe is a “keeper”! I made these cookies today for the kick-off to summer! They are absolutely delicious! …and the dough was so easy to work with! LOVE the frosting, too! Thank you for sharing this with us!!! 🙂

  6. Shela says:

    I’ve been following your blog for a while now and I’ve tried a recipe here and there. They are all received very well, but these cookies in particular were a huge hit! Thanks so much for sharing!

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