Blood Orange Tequila Shortbread


I cannot get enough of blood oranges right now.  They have so much flavor, and that deep pink color gets me every time!  They also offer a little bright spot this time of year, which I can really use right about now.  Are you with me here?  January seems like such a blah month that I need a little pick-me-up.  Luckily, blood oranges do the trick, especially when you make cookies with them!

The first time I made this, I baked it in a round tart pan.  There was not a thing wrong with it, but I wasn’t loving how it looked.  Obviously I was having a beyond contrary day.  This happens from time to time, but I’m just going to blame it on January.  I decided to make it again in a rectangular tart pan, and thankfully I was happy with the outcome, or we might never have seen this recipe…  As for the shortbread, the flavors are spot on!  I love regular shortbread to begin with, but the blood orange zest adds so much flavor and really wakes it up.  A little splash of tequila is just right. Then again, a little splash of tequila is always right in my book.  I love how perfectly golden it bakes too.

Blood Orange Tequila Shortbread |

As for the glaze, I’m quite smitten.  The blood orange juice makes the glaze pink which automatically means this is a good thing :)  I added a little more zest for even more flavor and some tequila cuts the sweetness beautifully.  I drizzled it on the shortbread, and finished it off with a sprinkling of sea salt.  I think the addition of sea salt makes the cookie, it’s the accessory that ties it all together!  The cookies are bright, fun and comforting all at the same time.  Serve them up with a batch of blood orange margaritas at your next get together, and you can kiss those January blahs good bye! Enjoy!

Blood Orange Tequila Shortbread |

Blood Orange Tequila Shortbread

Yield: 10-12 cookies


  • 6 ounces unsalted butter, room temp
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • zest of 2 blood oranges
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup + 2 Tablespoons AP flour
  • 1 Tablespoon blood orange juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Tequila
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Blood Orange Tequila Glaze
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon blood orange zest
  • 1 Tablespoon blood orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons tequila
  • sea salt for garnish


  1. Cream butter, sugar, and orange zest.
  2. Mix in flour and salt.
  3. Mix in vanilla, orange juice, and tequila.
  4. Press into greased tart pan with removable bottom. I used a 14" x 4" tart pan, you can also use an 8 or 9" round.
  5. Chill for an hour.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-28 minutes.
  7. Glaze
  8. Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl.
  9. Drizzle over cookies.
  10. Sprinkle with sea salt.


I sliced the shortbread while it was still a little warm.

For the glaze, if it is too thick just add a little more orange juice. If it gets too liquid-y, just add more powdered sugar.

Store these in an air tight container at room temp.

You'll get about 10-12 servings depending on how big you slice them.

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35 Responses to “Blood Orange Tequila Shortbread”

  1. 1
    Eftychia says:

    This is a recipe I must try! It sounds so good!!!

  2. 2
    Sandra says:

    Wow Meghan, the title alone is enough to send me over the edge!

  3. 3

    I tried the cranberry orange bread and thought it was one of the best things I’ve EVER eaten, and that’s saying a lot with my 18 years of restaurant experience.

    AMAZING invention-thank you so much for sharing!!!

    I will be trying this one too. Hmmm, since I don’t drink, hope the neighbors can scrounge up a tablespoon of tequila for me!

    Robin in Seattle

    • 3.1
      bblondie says:

      Wow, thank you so much Robin! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed it & I hope you like the shortbread!! Have a great weekend and happy baking!

  4. 4

    So pretty with the glaze! I love how you can incorporate booze in just about anything!

  5. 5
    Liz says:

    Love the combination and color of these! Pinning and saving for later!

  6. 6

    I love blood oranges in desserts. And tequila makes everything better!

  7. 7
    Jackie says:

    I was just walking past a stack of blood oranges in the grocery store thinking .. what can I make with those? This recipe is way better than anything I could have thought of!

  8. 8
    Liz says:

    I love shortbread, but shortbread with a drizzle is even more incredible…especially with a nice dose of citrus!!!

  9. 9
    Mary says:

    Hi Meg! OMG!!!! That’s all I can say! This looks soooo BEAUTIFUL and I KNOW it tastes even better! You are just the BEST!

  10. 10

    You always do such wonderful things with booze! That glaze sounds and looks glorious!

  11. 11

    Hi Meghan! Happy New Year to you!!! Boy, your baking skills are mad. I seriously love what you do every single time. And you had me at blood orange & then tequila? Woohooo.. perfect way to start off my week. ♥ Jo

  12. 12
    Medeja says:

    This shortbread just intrigued me :) Sounds and looks amazing!

  13. 13

    This is serious yum food. I love blood orange recipes…and this is unique!

  14. 14
    cakewhiz says:

    these look insanely delicious! i enjoy using oranges in my recipes…it always adds a wonderful aroma and flavor :)

  15. 15

    These look amazing! How can anything with tequila and blood oranges ever be bad! Plus the colors perfect for Valentines day! Very cute!

  16. 16
    Terra says:

    You made me just realize I have not had any blood oranges yet, what am I waiting for right? :-) Your flavors sound fantastic in your shortbread, and that glaze YUM! Love it, Hugs, Terra

  17. 17

    What a fun, creative, colorful and fabulous dessert! I would love to try this. What’s not to love!

  18. 18
    SJP says:

    I made these and they are very naughty… makes me forget I am a mom and yearn for more Tequila!!! thank you for the recipe, really enjoyed it and the salt really does complete the shortbread.

  19. 19

    OOOOhhhhh man, that glaze looks amazing Meghan! And I’m so with you on adding a bit of tequila… to everything!

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