Margarita Shortbread Cookies

Enjoy your favorite happy hour cocktail in cookie form! The buttery shortbread dough features lime zest and tequila. The icing is spiked with booze, too!

white plate of Margarita Shortbread Cookies with cocktails on side
Photo: Brie Passano
Prep Time:
20 mins
Chill Time:
3 hrs
Bake Time:
12 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 32 mins
36 cookies


  • ¾ cup butter, softened

  • cup powdered sugar

  • 1 tablespoon lime zest

  • 3 tablespoon tequila

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoon cornstarch

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • Coarse white decorating sugar

  • 1 recipe Tequila Icing


  1. In a large bowl beat butter with a mixer on medium 30 seconds. Add powdered sugar, lime zest, tequila, and vanilla. Beat until combined, scraping bowl as needed. Beat in flour, cornstarch, and salt.

  2. Divide dough in half. Shape each portion into a 10-inch roll. Coat each roll with coarse sugar. If desired, sprinkle rolls with additional lime zest. Wrap rolls in plastic wrap or waxed paper. Chill 3 hours or until firm enough to slice.

  3. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Using a sharp, thin-bladed knife, cut rolls into 1/4-inch slices. Place 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or just until bottoms are golden. Transfer cookies on parchment to wire racks to cool. Drizzle cooled cookies with Tequila Icing. If desired, sprinkle with additional lime zest.

Tequila Icing

In a medium bowl combine 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 Tbsp. tequila, and 1 Tbsp. milk. Whisk until smooth, adding more milk, 1 tsp. at a time, to reach spreading consistency.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

82 Calories
4g Fat
10g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 36
Calories 82
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 79mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 0.1mg 1%
Calcium 3mg 0%
Iron 0.3mg 2%
Potassium 9mg 0%
Folate, total 11.3mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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