Margarita Meltaways

Happy Friday guys!  I know things have been a bit quiet around here lately, and that’s because I was on vacation.  A much needed and extremely relaxing cruise to Bermuda, and it was fantastic!  I’m finding that I’m still in vacation mode, you know that whole I need a vacation when you get back from vacation thing?  I know, it’s a tough life I lead ;)  Anyway, I thought a nice light, boozy cookie would be a great way to get back into the swing of things.

So I want to tell you guys a bit about this trip.  It was a family vacation, and I was super lucky to be treated to the good life for a week plus I got to bring a friend!  I was a bit nervous about being completely disconnected from life for a week, but that went out the window fast.  A complete break from reality is amazing, and exactly what I needed.  There was a culinary expo center on the ship, and chef demos with Hugh Acheson!  Yes, you read that right, and he is a really cool guy.  I’m going to share more about all of this next week, promise!  I also got to meet the owners of Le Cirque, and they were absolutely lovely.  There were photography workshops, a cupcake tea, and a dessert extravaganza.  Seriously, I was in heaven!

My favorite piece from the Dessert Extravaganza

Bermuda was beautiful and we had great weather.  We did a little shopping, attempted to bakery hop, and hit the clubs at night.  When I wasn’t doing all of that I was lying by the pool drinking chi chis in my big sun hat.  It really was the life, and seriously, it was the perfect cruise for me!  The service on Holland America was fantastic, and there were these little white chocolates in the Neptune Lounge that were divine!

The view from our balcony - A girl could get used to this!

Okay, time to get back to reality.  Cookies always help in situations like this especially when they’re margarita cookies!  The amount of flavor packed into these cookies is fab!  Everything is well balanced and the lime zest really gives them a nice pop.  The best part is the sea salt on top, it ties the cookie together beautifully.  Just remember to keep this dough well chilled.  It is a butter cookie, so it can get a little sticky.  The fridge and flour are your friend here.  Served with a batch of margaritas, these are perfect for those warm summer nights.  Hope you all have a great weekend!


Margarita Meltaways

Yield: 25 cookies


  • 6 ounces unsalted butter, room temp
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • zest of 1 lime
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup + 2 Tablespoons AP flour
  • juice of 1/2 a lime
  • 1 Tablespoon Tequila
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon tequila
  • 1 teaspoon Grand Marnier
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • zest of 1/2 a lime
  • sea salt


  2. 1. Cream butter, sugar, and lime zest.
  3. 2. Mix in flour and salt.
  4. 3. Mix in vanilla, lime juice, and tequila.
  5. 4. Wrap cookie dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate till firm. Preferably over night
  6. 5. Roll cookies out while dough is cold. If it gets too warm, it will be super sticky. You can be generous with the flour when rolling it out. Using a 3" round cutter, cut out cookies and chill.
  7. 6. When cookies are well chilled, bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes rotating once halfway through. Watch these cookies closely when baking, once they get a little color on the edges they're done!
  8. GLAZE
  9. 1. Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl.
  10. 2. Spoon a small amount of icing onto cooled cookies and spread evenly with the back of a teaspoon.
  11. 3. Sprinkle with sea salt.


This dough is very soft so you want to roll it when it is well chilled. If it gets to sticky, toss it back in the fridge.

You can be generous with the flour when rolling these. Make sure you flour your rolling pin too.

If you don't have a round cookie cutter, you can use a wine glass.

Make sure dough is cold when you bake them!

Watch them carefully when baking. Once they get a slight color on the edges, they're done!

For the glaze: if it's too thick, add a bit more liquid. If it's too thin, add a bit more powdered sugar.

Make sure you keep the glaze covered when you are not using it.

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22 Responses to “Margarita Meltaways”

  1. 1
    RavieNomNoms says:

    Those look phenomenal! I am so jealous of you vaca in Bermuda! How awesome!

  2. 2
    Cassie says:

    These are awesome cookies, Meghan! I love margaritas, and in fact, I’m craving one. It’s 5 o’clock somewhere!

  3. 3
    Ryan says:

    Sounds like a wonderful vacation- glad you had a great time!! These cookies look delicious and so perfect for summer!

  4. 4
    Sandra says:

    Now that’s a real vacation. So glad you had fun, and these cookies are a vacation. Looking forward to trying them.

  5. 5
    Cathy W says:

    Wow, these look fabulous! I’m jealous about your vacation, but I’m also jealous that I can’t eat one of those cookies. I guess I’ll have to make my own. :)

  6. 6
    Carolyn says:

    What a fantastic vacation! That cake is just gorgeous. Your meltaways look pretty amazing too, I’d love one of those.

  7. 7
    Parsley Sage says:

    Caribbean vacations are the best! Great way to unwind! So are these lovely meltaways. These cookies are ace!

  8. 8
    Kim Bee says:

    That was quite a view. I would have never wanted to leave. Great little treats. Boozy cookies are a great way to keep the vacation going at home.

  9. 9
    Stephanie says:

    I so wish I was on that vaca right now!! And I also wish I had some of these cookies!

  10. 10

    These sound delicious! I would love some WITH a margarita :) !

  11. 11
    Eftychia says:

    The glaze sounds unique! I will definitely save this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  12. 12

    Welcome back Meghan! And it sounds like you had a super time! I don’t know which I enjoyed more…the shot of the endless ocean…or the pic of the chocolate mousse cake! You should go away more often if you are going to shake us back into reality with a boozy little cookie! These look delicious, light and delicate! : )

  13. 13

    I could go for that vacation right now! Gorgeous! And the cookies are perfect, nothing like a margarita for a snack :)

  14. 14

    Yes ma’am, I’m all over this! Gotta try this week. :)

  15. 15
    Peggy says:

    Your cruise sounds awesome! These cookies sound really good too =)

  16. 16
    Carrie says:

    Oh what I wouldn’t do to be in the Caribbean today on this yukky rainy day in NH… Perhaps I should make a batch of these cookies and just pretend?? They look awesome!

  17. 17

    welcome back Meghan! I’m so jealous of your trip to Bermuda! Love the Caribbean take on these cookies!

  18. 18

    oh my goodness, these sound beyond delicious – the perfect treat to help you ease back into real life after your trip! and i’m so happy that you had a good cruise – it sounds like it was an amazing time!

  19. 19

    Goodness gracious it’s all lovely to take in! A friend of mine recently made margarita cookies with lime and sugar/salt on top. I obviously have to incorporate more booze into my baking.

  20. 20
    Terra says:

    Oh I totally need one of these cookies!!! Okay maybe more than one…. Beautiful, Hugs, Terra

  21. 21

    Sounds like your batteries are recharged after your heavenly cruise. Love these boozy cookies, Meghan!

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