Jazz up a cookie dough mix to create these festive Margarita Cookies! Your favorite warm-weather cocktail takes the form of a thick, chewy, coconut sugar cookie that is glazed with lime and rum-flavored icing. These treats are the perfect easy dessert to bring along to your Cinco de Mayo gathering, a summer cook-out, a beach picnic, or any other fun occasion this season!
When you think of summer and the beach, do you think of cocktails? For me, it’s always margaritas. They are the signature drinks that my parents have always served on the deck at their beach house, and they have become quite the tradition. My family’s recipe makes a STIFF cocktail (I’ll share it on here some day!), and they are sure to create a party no matter where you are!
I took all of the fun flavors from the fruity beverage and packaged them into little flavorful cookies. Best of all, they are super fast and easy to make! Remember, I’m all about the short-cuts? My little tricks include a package of sugar cookie mix, a can of prepared vanilla frosting, and this lime essential oil:
You have probably noticed by now that I love cooking with essential oils; however, if you prefer to use regular lime zest that will work too! I added a little bit of rum to my frosting, but if you’re serving these to children, you could certainly stick with some rum extract instead. Tailor these tasty little treats to make them your own!
If you’re celebrating Cinco de Mayo, these would be a fun and refreshing treat to serve at the end of your meal. For the main course, how about whipping up this Mexican Ranch Chicken Salad or a Taco Pie? And don’t forget about the actual booze! We love these Cranberry Lime Margaritas!
Or, if you’re headed to the beach or pool for a picnic this summer, these Margarita Cookies are a must in your cooler!
- For the Cookies:
- 1 package sugar cookie mix (or your own favorite homemade sugar cookie recipe!), PLUS any additional ingredients called for on the package
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- For the Frosting:
- 1 (16 ounce) container vanilla frosting
- 1-2 tablespoons milk
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1 tablespoon rum (or 1 ½ teaspoons rum extract)
- 2-3 drops Young Living Lime Essential Oil (or the zest from 1 fresh lime)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Prepare cookie dough according to package instructions, stirring in the coconut as well.
- Drop the dough in heaping tablespoons onto the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until just golden brown on the edges, but still soft in the center.
- Cool on the baking sheet for 2-3 minutes, and then transfer to a cooling rack.
- Once cookies are completely cool, prepare the frosting.
- In a small bowl, stir together the frosting, 1 tablespoon of milk, lime juice, rum, and essential oil (or zest). Add more milk, if necessary, until frosting reaches desired consistency.
- Drizzle frosting over cooled cookies (I like to use a zip-top bag to pipe the frosting).
We have loved using essential oils around our house (for cooking, cleaning, pampering, and healing), so we’re very excited to share this awesome deal with you to get you started as well. Essential Oils Freebie:
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I have teamed up with some of my blogging buddies to bring you some other great lime recipes as well. Check them all out!
Looking for other delicious recipes with essential oils? Try these favorites:
**Note: Not all essential oils are edible. Due to lack of purity, 98% of essential oils sold should NOT be ingested. An edible essential oil will be labeled “therapeutic-grade” and have a “Supplement Facts” box on the label showing the nutritional value – do NOT use just any brand of essential oil for cooking/flavoring foods. Be sure to use pure oils from reliable sources, not synthetic scents or flavorings.