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Chewy margarita cookies stacked on a white surface with limes and tequila

Chewy Margarita Cookies

  • Author: Leslie Kiszka
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cookies 1x


These chewy margarita cookies are soft, salty and sweet, with zesty lime and orange flavors and a hint of tequila!


  • 3 cups all purpose four
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon tequila
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon Triple Sec (can substitute orange extract)
  • Zest of 1 lime (about 2 teaspoons – can add more if desired)
  • Additional lime zest for garnish (optional)
  • Margarita salt, maldon flake salt, and/or coarse sparkling sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and prepare two baking sheets with nonstick silicon mats (aff link) or parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Whisk to combine and set aside.
  3. In the large bowl of a stand mixer, add butter and sugar and beat on high speed until creamed together.
  4. Add egg, tequila, lime juice, Triple Sec and lime zest and beat until just combined.
  5. With the mixer running on low speed, add flour a little at a time until just combined and no streaks of flour remain.
  6. Using a medium cookie scoop (aff link) (about 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons), portion out balls of dough onto prepared cookie sheets with no more than 6 to each sheet. Roll them between the palms of your hands to form balls.
    Optional before baking, but encouraged:

    • Add a little more fresh lime zest to the top
    • Roll in coarse sparkling sugar
    • Top with a sprinkle with coarse sparkling sugar
    • Top with a sprinkle of margarita salt or maldon flake salt
    • Top with a sprinkle of sugar and salt combined!
  7. Bake for 12 minutes. You want them to be set and crinkled, but not yet golden. Let cool on baking sheet for a couple minutes, then transfer to wire racks (aff link) to cool completely.
  8. Store in airtight containers. Enjoy!
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Mexican-inspired

Keywords: chewy margarita cookies, boozy cookies, chewy sugar cookies, margarita sugar cookies, summer cookies, tequila cookies, lime cookies, cinco de mayo cookies

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