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Love is Margarita Tequila Cookies

Valentine’s Day is all about love and, well…we love margaritas. So on this heart-filled holiday, typically associated with candy and sweets, we wanted to marry our BAE (margaritas!) with a more traditional treat. Sweet, salty and delicious, these cookies will have you saying Te Amo and Te Quila.

Cookie Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbs. finely grated lime peel
  • Few drops green food coloring
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 package Margaritaville Margarita Gelatin mix
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sanding sugar (1/2 cup for mixture)
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt (for mixture)
  • Heart cookie cutter

Tequila Glaze Ingredients:

Beat butter and granulated sugar in large bowl until light and fluffy. Add egg, lime peel, and food coloring; mix well. Gradually beat in flour, gelatin and salt on low speed until well mixed. Divide dough in half. Form each half into a log about 9 inches long and 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Wrap in wax paper.

Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.

Pro Tip: Double the batch and freeze a full recipe for National Margarita Day on February 22!

Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix ½ cup of sanding sugar and kosher salt together. Roll each cold dough log in mixture to coat evenly. Cut dough into 1/4-inch thick slices.

One recipe makes approximately 3 dozen cookies.

If you prefer heart shaped cookies instead of round cookies, use a heart cookie cutter at this time before placing on the baking sheet. Place on ungreased baking sheets. If desired sprinkle a bit of additional sugar and salt mixture on tops.

Bake 12 minutes or until lightly browned around edges. Cool on baking sheets 1 minute. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.

To create the tequila glaze, mix 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, and 1 tablespoon each water and tequila in small bowl until smooth.

Drizzle glaze over cooled cookies. If desired, sprinkle lightly with additional sanding sugar. Let stand until glaze is set.