Cinco de Mayo Margarita Cookies


The flavor of margarita in a shortbread-style cookie

 and a perfect light note to end 

 your Cinco de Mayo celebration on!


Fresh lime zest and a sprinkling of sea salt and turbinado sugar make for a sweet and tart combination and a guaranteed fiesta in every bite!


I came by this recipe in Cooking Light~ the actual recipe is for Margarita Ice Cream Sandwiches and a tasty way to cool down after consuming all those fiery peppers or jalapeños :)


 You can make your cookie dough in advance, wrapping in plastic wrap and chilling in the fridge until ready to bake.



1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
5 teaspoons grated lime rind, divided
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
11.25 ounces all-purpose flour (about 2 1/2 cups)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon table salt
1 teaspoon turbinado sugar
1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt


2 cups vanilla reduced-fat ice cream, softened

2 cups lime sherbet, softened

Margarita Ice Cream Sandwiches


Place butter and sugar in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed for 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add egg, 1 tablespoon lime rind, and lime juice; beat 2 minutes or until well combined.


Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, and 1/8 teaspoon table salt; stir with a whisk. Add flour mixture to butter mixture, and beat just until combined.


Divide dough into 2 equal portions. Shape each portion into a 6-inch log. Wrap logs individually in plastic wrap; chill 3 hours or until firm.

 Preheat oven to 350°.

Cut each log into 16 (about 1/3-inch-thick) slices, and place 1 inch apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle the cookies evenly with remaining 2 teaspoons lime rind, turbinado sugar, and sea salt. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool for 2 minutes on pans on a wire rack. Remove from baking sheets, and cool completely on wire rack.


Place softened vanilla ice cream and sherbet in a medium bowl; lightly fold and swirl together. Scoop 1/4 cup ice cream mixture onto bottom of one cookie, and top with one cookie. Cover each sandwich with plastic wrap; freeze 4 hours or until firm.


You can find a printable version of this recipe courtesy of Cooking Light, here.


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  27 comments for “Cinco de Mayo Margarita Cookies

  1. May 2, 2013 at 6:15 am

    These look too good with or without ice cream!

  2. TracyG
    May 2, 2013 at 6:47 am

    Thanks for sharing. I’ll be making these this weekend for sure! Ole’!!

  3. Cheryl
    May 2, 2013 at 7:01 am

    Wow, they really look delish!

  4. May 2, 2013 at 7:33 am

    Mary, you wouldn’t have to twist my arm to eat a handful of those delicious cookies! xo

  5. May 2, 2013 at 7:58 am

    Pinning these for later. So pretty and look delicious.

  6. May 2, 2013 at 9:09 am

    What a perfect sweet for an ending to a Cinco de Mayo meal!

  7. May 2, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Mary, these look fantastic, and what a flavor punch. Sweet, salty, lime, vanilla, unreal! Keeper. Love the presentation. xo

  8. May 2, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Absolute YUM….

  9. May 2, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    PRETTY cookies!!! The salt is a neat twist. Like a real margarita!!!! :-)

  10. May 2, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Oh, I will be making these!!!! I love the flavors in a good margarita, and have never met a shortbread cookie I didn’t like!

  11. May 2, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    ole you are having fun across the border!

  12. May 2, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    MMMM, these loom awesome. Thanks for another winner!!!!!!!!!!! Hope you get this:):):) XO, Pinky

  13. May 2, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    whoops, typo. Meant LOOK awesome:)

  14. May 2, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Yum! Wouldn’t mind one or three of these now:@)

  15. May 2, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Yum, yes please!

  16. tyler
    May 3, 2013 at 1:14 am

    Great recipe, the cookies look tasty

  17. Rattlebridge Farm
    May 3, 2013 at 2:12 am

    A new-to-me recipe–and the perfect ending to any Tex-Mex meal. I can just imagine the refreshing coolness after a fiery bowl of chili. Delicious~!

  18. Erika wright
    May 3, 2013 at 7:14 am

    Its breakfast time but now I want margarita ice cream sandwiches!

  19. Kat
    May 3, 2013 at 8:46 am

    They look so delicious. A really great treat.

  20. May 3, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    These would be the perfect end to a spicy, Mexican meal! They look delicious and I love the specks of lime zest in the cookies.

  21. May 3, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Oh, what a fun cookie! Festive too!

  22. FABBY
    May 4, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    YUM!!!! I’m loving this cookies! Thanks sweet friend for the recipe..I will make them soon! Happy 5 de Mayo! Big hugs,

  23. May 5, 2013 at 12:19 am

    Oh yum! happy cinco de mayo!

    – The Tablescaper

  24. May 5, 2013 at 11:15 am

    You can’t get anything better than the combination of shortbread and “margarita”!!!….a perfect compliment to the celebration….making these beauties for the next girl’s get together…Definitely will be a hit!!

  25. May 15, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Reblogged this on

  26. April 28, 2014 at 7:12 am

    Visiting from Marvellous Mondays. These look delicious, I love all the refreshing flavours in them. I co-host Sweet and Savoury Sunday and would love for you to stop by and share these and other recipes with us . Have a great day!

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