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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!

Margarita Cookies

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!

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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 some lime zest!

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!

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Margarita Cookies

5 from 1 vote
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings 24


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
  • 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 lime 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).
Author: The Seasoned Mom

Hey, I’m Blair!

Welcome to my farmhouse kitchen in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Inspired by local traditions and seasonal fare, you’ll find plenty of easy, comforting recipes that bring your family together around the table. It’s down-home, country-style cooking!

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  1. Diana Rambles says:


    1. Blair says:

      Thanks, Diana! 🙂

  2. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says:

    These cookies sound fantastic, Blair! I love the margarita flavor, so creative! And that pretty drizzle on top is just perfect. I think I could eat the whole batch in one sitting!

    1. Blair says:

      Thanks, Gayle! Yes…they’re so good that they’re DANGEROUS! 🙂

  3. Jennie @ TheHousewifeModern says:

    These look great. Going to go pin it to my “Cinco de Mayo” board on Pinterest right now. I’m always looking for desserts for our annual Cindo de Mayo party (the rest is easy, of course, taco bar! and chips and dip).
    I hate to be ignorant…but aren’t essential oils what one of my co-workers is always swearing she uses to perfume and air and prevents all sorts of diseases? (I’m a bit skeptical….but flavoring food is another thing entirely!)
    p.s. I found your post via “Pretty Pintastic Party” on Recipes for our Daily Bread.

    1. Blair says:

      Hi, Jennie! Yep…the essential oils are multitaskers! 🙂 You can definitely use them for a lot of different natural remedies, cleaners, etc…and for cooking! Of course, the cooking is where I use them most!

  4. Joanne says:

    5 stars
    These cookies will be perfect for the warmer weather. I love that glaze, too!

    1. Blair says:

      Thanks, Joanne! I agree – they are the perfect warm weather treat! 🙂

  5. Kim @ The Baking ChocolaTess says:

    Your cookies look so tasty! I don’t know if I can wait until I bake them…;) Thanks for sharing!

    1. Blair says:

      Hey, eating the raw dough is cool too, Kim! 🙂

  6. Medha @ Whisk & Shout says:

    These cookies are lovely! Totally obsessed with your lime essential oil 🙂

    1. Blair says:

      Oh, thanks Medha! Love it, too!

  7. Kirsten says:

    I have to try these. Two of my favorite things, margaritas and cookies! Yummy! Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Blair says:

      Exactly, Kirsten! It’s a match made in heaven!

  8. Anna @ Sunny Side Ups says:

    Love Love LOVE that you used the Lime EO in these cookies!! 🙂 One of my very favorite oils–these cookies are a MUST MAKE!! They look delish!

    1. Blair says:

      Thanks, Anna! Don’t you love the citrus oils?! They’re even good just to flavor water!

  9. Ashley says:

    Hi there! Visiting from Monday Funday. These cookies look so yummy and your photos are great too! I’ve never had any lime-flavored cookies before. I bet they’re delicious!

    1. Blair says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Ashley!!

  10. Cathy says:

    Wow do these look great! I just starting using Young Living oils and had no idea they have lime! What a great idea to bake with them! 🙂
    I love that you shared this sweet treat on Making Memories Mondays!

    1. Blair says:

      Thanks, Cathy! Baking with the oils is my absolute favorite (surprise, surprise)! 🙂

  11. Anita says:

    This is a smart and tasty way to dress up a cookie mix. The cookies look yummy!

    1. Blair says:

      Hi, Anita! Thanks so much!

  12. Amanda says:

    The perfect summer cookie!

  13. Christine says:

    Ooh margaritas at the beach house sound lovely! For now, though, I’d be happy with these cookies and a little sunshine!

    1. Blair says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Christine! I agree — I’ll take the cookies for now…and dream of the beach while I’m eating!

  14. Tally says:


    If you happen to read this – do you think the dough could be made ahead of time and frozen until needed? I’m planning on making a batch for a margarita-loving family member as part of her Christmas gift basket, but I’m a bit overwhelmed with all the baking I am going to need to do during the holiday week!

    1. Blair says:

      Hey, Tally! Yes, I think that you could either freeze the cookie dough, or you can just go ahead and bake the cookies (without any frosting) and freeze them that way. Cookies keep really well in the freezer! Then you just top with the glaze when you’re ready to gift them. 🙂

      1. Tally says:

        Thanks so much! Going to make these right away in that case. Happy Holidays 🙂

  15. Paula says:

    The cookies are very good and easy. The frosting while good, doesn’t harden on cookie. So I kept them in frig, so I could stack them.the frosting crumbled off. My advice make your own icing with the flavors in recipe