Tequila cookies

11 Jan


When I was a teenager, many millennium ago, tequila was the go to drink for party people. Never me, of course – I drank nothing but water on nights out with friends #Ummmm

Anyway, the image of tequila as a cheap and cheerful beverage was only recently extinguished for me when the Hungry Dad brought home a fancy bottle of tequila. Clue number one that it was nothing like the drink of days gone by: the bottle stopper wasn’t a mini sombrero. Clue number two: it wasn’t a ginormous bottle and it cost more than I care to admit.

Guess what? It didn’t taste like poison. I used it when I made my tequila cake (see it here: https://thehungrymum.com/2014/09/15/margarita-cake-with-tequila/) and I used it when the baking-with-booze mood struck again. This time I made margaraita cookies and wowzers, they were good. I tweaked the recipe from food.com: food.com/recipe/margarita-cookies-429834?mode=us&scaleto=30.0&st=true



225 grams butter, diced, at room temperature

3/4 cup caster sugar

Rind of 1 lime, finely grated

1 egg, lightly beaten

3 teaspoons tequila

2 1/2 cups plain flour


1 1/4 cup icing sugar

2 tablespoons white tequila


Preheat oven to 180C and grease and line two baking trays with non-stick paper.

In bowl of electric mixer combine butter, sugar and lime rind then add egg and the 3 teaspoons of tequila and mix until combined.

Beat in flour until combined.

Roll into walnut-sized balls, gently flatten then place on baking sheet, leaving room to spread.

Bake for 10 minutes or until lightly gold. Leave on racks after removing from oven for 10 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.

While cooling make glaze: Sift the icing sugar into a bowl and add enough tequila to make it pouring consistency. Stir quickly, then flick over the cookies and allow to set at room temperature.



41 Responses to “Tequila cookies”

  1. girl in a food frenzy January 11, 2015 at 11:28 am #

    Looks like a tasty excuse for a cookie party & booze up. I love tequila, of course it’s a while till I can have some again, but enjoy it I will! 😉

    • thehungrymum January 11, 2015 at 11:21 pm #

      I love the idea of a cookie and boozy party! Maybe after bub arrives we can arrange to do just that! Hope all is well with you and your bump x

  2. DesignsbyJeanneR January 11, 2015 at 2:44 pm #

    I never would have thought of this, I’ll bet it’s good stuff! Hopefully the cook is allowed to toss a few back while whipping up a batch?!!!

    • thehungrymum January 14, 2015 at 8:31 am #

      well, it just wouldn’t do to bake with alcohol without tasting it, right 😉

  3. Our Growing Paynes January 11, 2015 at 3:02 pm #

    Oh wow, this sounds amazing. I too was surprised to learn there is actually good tequila after college. 🙂

    • thehungrymum January 11, 2015 at 11:22 pm #

      Isn’t it a revelation! And who knew it could be consumed in glassware, rather than plastic cups?! #GrownUp

  4. Emily January 11, 2015 at 3:11 pm #

    Um…yes! I can’t wait to make these.

    • thehungrymum January 31, 2015 at 6:30 am #

      Make.Them.Now – you won’t regret it!

  5. peakperspective January 11, 2015 at 7:41 pm #

    Love these boozy biscuits. They look wonderful!

    • thehungrymum January 12, 2015 at 9:39 am #

      awww, ta! A bit of booze in a bickie is a fabulous thing 🙂

  6. scarletscorchdroppers January 11, 2015 at 10:18 pm #

    Tequila cookies?! Genius! I love a good boozy bake, but i’d never have thought of these! Jennie x

    • thehungrymum January 14, 2015 at 8:32 am #

      Boozy bakes are my new fav thing. What’s not to love?!

  7. Liz January 12, 2015 at 5:17 am #

    oh boy oh boy oh boy. Fantastic! Excited about the cake, too. Like how you think 🙂 Agree that tequila got a bad wrap as the booze you got sick from in college. It can be very very nice!

    • thehungrymum January 14, 2015 at 8:35 am #

      Yes! Teens should be banned from drinking it – it is a beverage for sophisticated palates #coughCough

  8. Feast Wisely January 12, 2015 at 7:00 am #

    What a clever use of Tequila – love it!

  9. Priscilla @ foodpornnation.com January 12, 2015 at 5:29 pm #

    Love the sound of these! I also LOVE tequila. Only the good stuff though. It goes down so easily and I can drink it straight from the bottle.
    I would use patrone (coffee tequila) for this recipe. i think that would be dynamite!

    • thehungrymum January 14, 2015 at 8:41 am #

      The gap between good and bad tequila is 1000 miles wide 🙂 Might have to buy a bottle of Patrone when this bottle is empty #soon.

  10. Deblet January 12, 2015 at 6:26 pm #

    Just saw tequila and know already I like them………

  11. Sophie33 January 12, 2015 at 10:03 pm #

    First, I wish you A Happy, Fun & Culinary 2015! Xxx 😃

    Your special cookies look superb & very tasty too! Mmmmmm!

    • thehungrymum January 14, 2015 at 3:54 am #

      Awww, ta Sophie! Hope this year is full of blessings and wonder x

      • Sophie33 January 14, 2015 at 7:48 am #

        Yes, yes! xxx

  12. Mike January 13, 2015 at 12:16 am #

    Ah, you take those along on the plane for the kids, huh? 😉

    • thehungrymum January 14, 2015 at 3:53 am #

      nope, they only get stuff made with cheap tequila, not the good stuff 😉

      • Mike January 14, 2015 at 3:59 am #

        Hungry cheap mum! 😉

      • thehungrymum January 14, 2015 at 8:19 am #

        #indeed 😉

  13. spiceinthecity January 13, 2015 at 4:26 pm #

    Yum! These look awesome 🙂

    • thehungrymum January 14, 2015 at 8:18 am #

      ta – they have quite a kick so don’t eat and drive 🙂

  14. Dana Fashina January 14, 2015 at 5:28 pm #

    My kinda cookies 😀

  15. kitchenriffs January 14, 2015 at 6:22 pm #

    What a creative recipe! Never had (nor heard of) tequila cookies. But now that I’ve heard of them, gotta have them! 😉 Thanks for this.

    • thehungrymum January 14, 2015 at 10:37 pm #

      neither had I my friend, but I can say that I am glad these treats have found a way into my repertoire! #TeamTequila

  16. Choc Chip Uru January 15, 2015 at 9:26 pm #

    Yes. YES YES YES. Tequila shots are my favourite thing when it comes to a night out 😀
    Now, I can bring these incredible cookies again!

    Choc Chip Uru

    • Choc Chip Uru January 15, 2015 at 9:26 pm #

      Again? I don’t know why I typed that haha

    • thehungrymum January 16, 2015 at 6:21 am #

      ahh, yes – you’re A Young, your body can handle shots in a way that Olds like me cannot #enjoyItWhileYouCan #VEnvious

  17. tampacakegirl March 5, 2015 at 3:15 am #

    I personally pinned this recipe. I can’t wait to bake these! Thank you very much for joining in the celebration of #purebloglove, we enjoy having you each week. I hope to see you on Thursday at 8PM, EST through Sunday night. ~Cydnee

    • thehungrymum March 5, 2015 at 3:32 am #

      Oh, thanks so much for Pinning! I always get a thrill when I see someone has pinned something from my blog 🙂 And thanks for hosting #purebloglove, – is a great thing!

      • tampacakegirl March 5, 2015 at 3:36 am #

        The pleasure is all mine. I can’t tell you how anxious I am to bake this recipe.

  18. Mariposaoro May 10, 2015 at 7:35 pm #

    Reblogged this on Mariposaoro's Blog and commented:
    Tequila in a cookie… Yum!

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