tequila lime sugar cOOkies

AuthorHeather WallaceCategoryDifficultyBeginner

These tequila lime sugar cookies are like a soft pillowy bite of margarita! Think Lofthouse-style cookies and a classic margarita combined in one...what's not to love?! And bonus I've found a non-alcoholic version of tequila that tastes the exact same!

And for all the non-drinkers, dry January just got a little bit more exciting!! Not to mention New Year's celebrations!
I happened upon a brand of non-alcohol spirits called CleanCo Clean T that is a UK company that sells tequila, rum, gin, and vodka...so since I don't really drink I decided to give the tequila a try. I mean...I miss a good mixed drink! And let me tell you it did not disappoint at all! It tastes just like the alcoholic version.
I can't wait to try the other spirits they offer. Give them a try and get creative, do a little drink mixing and some baking with it and let me know what you create.

Yields22 Servings
Prep Time35 minsCook Time15 minsTotal Time50 mins

For the Frosting...
 10 oz powdered sugar
 ¼ tsp kosher salt
 3 tbsp heavy whipping cream
 1 tbsp lime zest
 1 tbsp tequila or non alcoholic tequila alternative such as CleanCo Clean T
 1 tbsp lime juice
For the Cookie Dough...
 2 sticks unsalted butter, cut into 1/4in pieces; firm but pliable
 1 cup sugar
 2 tsp baking powder
 1 ¼ tsp kosher salt
 2 large egg whites
 1 tbsp heavy whipping cream
 1 tsp vanilla extract
 1 tbsp lime zest
 ½ tbsp lime juice
 1 tbsp tequila or non alcoholic tequila alternative such as CleanCo Clean T
 2 ⅔ cups cake flour
 flaky sea salt or fleur de sel (optional)

Gather Ingredients...
1

For the Frosting...
2

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine 10-ounces powdered sugar, ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream, 1 tablespoon lime zest, 1 tablespoon tequila, or non-alcoholic tequila alternative such as CleanCo Clean T, and 1 tablespoon lime juice. Mix on low to moisten then increase to medium and beat for 3 Minutes until smooth.

3

Transfer to a ziplock bag and set aside. Wipe bowl and beater clean with a paper towel.

Make the Dough...
4

Preheat the oven to 350°F and line baking sheets with parchment paper.

In the bowl of the stand mixer combine 2 sticks of firm but pliable unsalted butter, cut into 1/4in pieces, 1 cup of granulated sugar, 2 teaspoons baking powder, and 1 ¼ teaspoon kosher salt on low speed until it starts to come together then increase to medium. Continue to beat for 5 Minutes until creamy.

5

In a separate bowl or measuring cup whisk together 2 large egg whites, 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 tablespoon lime zest, ½ tablespoon lime juice, 1 tablespoon tequila or non-alcoholic tequila alternative such as CleanCo Clean T.

Add to butter mixture in 4-5 additions while the mixer is running on low speed.

Gradually add in 2 ⅔ cups of cake flour at low speed to form a soft dough.

Bake . . .
6

Scoop 3 tablespoon portions of dough onto parchment-lined cookie sheets.

Bake for 15 Minutes until edges are pale golden.

Cool on baking sheets for 20 Minutes.

Frost and Enjoy...
7

Snip the corner of the frosting bag and pipe a tablespoon amount of frosting onto cookies, 3 at a time so the frosting doesn't harden. Spread the frosting with a knife and sprinkle with flaky sea salt if desired.

8

Store in sealed container for 3 days at room temperature.

Ingredients

For the Frosting...
 10 oz powdered sugar
 ¼ tsp kosher salt
 3 tbsp heavy whipping cream
 1 tbsp lime zest
 1 tbsp tequila or non alcoholic tequila alternative such as CleanCo Clean T
 1 tbsp lime juice
For the Cookie Dough...
 2 sticks unsalted butter, cut into 1/4in pieces; firm but pliable
 1 cup sugar
 2 tsp baking powder
 1 ¼ tsp kosher salt
 2 large egg whites
 1 tbsp heavy whipping cream
 1 tsp vanilla extract
 1 tbsp lime zest
 ½ tbsp lime juice
 1 tbsp tequila or non alcoholic tequila alternative such as CleanCo Clean T
 2 ⅔ cups cake flour
 flaky sea salt or fleur de sel (optional)

Directions

Gather Ingredients...
1

For the Frosting...
2

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine 10-ounces powdered sugar, ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream, 1 tablespoon lime zest, 1 tablespoon tequila, or non-alcoholic tequila alternative such as CleanCo Clean T, and 1 tablespoon lime juice. Mix on low to moisten then increase to medium and beat for 3 Minutes until smooth.

3

Transfer to a ziplock bag and set aside. Wipe bowl and beater clean with a paper towel.

Make the Dough...
4

Preheat the oven to 350°F and line baking sheets with parchment paper.

In the bowl of the stand mixer combine 2 sticks of firm but pliable unsalted butter, cut into 1/4in pieces, 1 cup of granulated sugar, 2 teaspoons baking powder, and 1 ¼ teaspoon kosher salt on low speed until it starts to come together then increase to medium. Continue to beat for 5 Minutes until creamy.

5

In a separate bowl or measuring cup whisk together 2 large egg whites, 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 tablespoon lime zest, ½ tablespoon lime juice, 1 tablespoon tequila or non-alcoholic tequila alternative such as CleanCo Clean T.

Add to butter mixture in 4-5 additions while the mixer is running on low speed.

Gradually add in 2 ⅔ cups of cake flour at low speed to form a soft dough.

Bake . . .
6

Scoop 3 tablespoon portions of dough onto parchment-lined cookie sheets.

Bake for 15 Minutes until edges are pale golden.

Cool on baking sheets for 20 Minutes.

Frost and Enjoy...
7

Snip the corner of the frosting bag and pipe a tablespoon amount of frosting onto cookies, 3 at a time so the frosting doesn't harden. Spread the frosting with a knife and sprinkle with flaky sea salt if desired.

8

Store in sealed container for 3 days at room temperature.

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