In the spirit of warmer days ahead, I decided to try this recipe debunk I had filed away
from a Unique Sweets episode for Strawberry Margarita cookies created by Victory Cookies in Denver, CO.
They sometimes provide recipes from the shops they feature, but these cookies were not one.
They do however give you the ingredients in the item,
just not much else, so I did have something to go on. The base sounded like your standard cream cookie recipe, so that is where I started.
These puppies are so pretty and smell sooo good, not to mention are spritzed with a boozy mix of tequila, lime and triple sec...you could certainly just use lime juice though.
I can taste summer already!
Yields: 5 dozen
Strawberry Margarita Cookies
30 minutes active, 1 hour inactive (plus overnight in fridge)
For the cookie dough
- 1 lb butter
- 3 cups sugar
- 1/8 cup strawberry dust (get 2 (1.2 oz) bags of freeze dried strawberries)
- 3 T lime zest
- 2 t salt
- 2 eggs
- 3 T lime juice
- 2 t Tequila (I like Milagro!)
- 5 cups of flour
- About 2 cups of whole freeze dried strawberries
For sugar dusting
- zest of 2 limes
- 1.5 cups of sugar
For post-baking spritz (optional)
- 2 T tequila
- 2 T Triple sec
- 2 T lime juice
- Mini spritzer bottle
With a food processor or grain blender, take about two handfuls (to get 1/8 cup) of freeze-dried strawberries and grind to fine dust - reserve the rest whole.
In a large mixing bowl, cream butter, strawberry dust, sugar, and lime zest until light and fluffy.
Beat in eggs (one at a time), tequila, and lime juice.
Add flour and mix JUST until incorporated.
Stir in remaining freeze-dried strawberries whole. Refrigerate dough for about an hour (this helps prevent a flat spot on the logs as they chill), then roll into about 3 (8 inch) logs. The diameter should
be about 2.5 - 3 inches. Wrap in saran wrap and chill overnight.
The next day, Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, mix together your sugar dusting in a bowl, and grab one dough roll from the fridge. I like to do one at a time because each roll is about as many cookies that will fit in my oven at once and it is better if they
go in the oven still a bit chilled.
Cut 1/4 discs from roll, and dredge each side of cookie through your sugar dusting mixture, then place on baking sheet.
Bake for 11 - 13 minutes.
When cookies are done, spray with post-baking spritz, if you would prefer a more kid-friendly/non-alcoholic option, substitute all alcohol for lime
juice instead, but still maintain liquid ratios.
I of course couldn't find any of the billion spritzer bottles I own, so I went with this mini squirt gun, don't judge me
and no it was not a tequila induced decision. :)