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

Chewy Margarita Cookies

4.15 from 21 votes
These chewy margarita cookies are soft, salty and sweet, with zesty lime and orange flavors and a hint of tequila!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 24 cookies


  • 3 cups all purpose four
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 ¾ 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


  • Preheat oven to 350°F and prepare two baking sheets with nonstick silicon mats or parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk to combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • In the large bowl of a stand mixer, add butter and sugar and beat on high speed until creamed together.
  • Add egg, tequila, lime juice, Triple Sec and lime zest and beat until just combined.
  • With the mixer running on low speed, add flour a little at a time until just combined and no streaks of flour remain.
  • Using a medium cookie scoop (about 1 ½ 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!
  • 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 to cool completely.
  • Enjoy!


Store in airtight containers.


Calories: 186kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 107mg | Potassium: 22mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 246IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg
Course Cookies
Cuisine Mexican inspired
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