Mardi Gras + Valentine’s Day in the same week = booze-y Valentine’s treats, y’all!

I was having too much fun baking the other day , so I decided to make some tequila-lime hearts to go along with my double-chocolate + red wine cookies. Because the only thing better than a glass of wine is a margarita, right? You just know it’s going to be a good day in the kitchen when you’re breaking out the tequila at 10am.

In the end, I couldn’t pick a favorite between the two recipes. They’re both so good, and so different from each other. Where the chocolate cookies were rich and decadent, these sugar cookies are tart and cooling.

healthy-delicious_tequila-lime-hearts-4I cut my cookies into heart shapes in order to make fun Valentine’s treats to share with my friends, and I was just delighted with the way they turned out (Thanks to everyone who gave me suggestions on Facebook about where to find heart-shaped cutters. It was surprisingly difficult!)

There’s still plenty of time to do the same yourself (starting with packaged mix makes these cookies so easy to pull together – you don’t even need to dirty up a measuring cup) but you can always cut them into whatever shapes you want. Plain old circles would be nice (use green decorating icing to make them look like limes) or you could try shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day.

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Yields 16

Tequila-Lime Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookie Mix is an easy shortcut for these sweet-tart cookies, but you can also use your favorite sugar cookie recipe - just replace 2/3 the butter with Greek yogurt and add the tequila and lime zest as instructed.
For a tequila-free version, substitute with 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract.

15 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

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  • 1 pouch (17.5 ounces) Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter, softened (not melted)
  • 2 Tablespoons Fat Free Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon Flour
  • 1 room temperature Egg
  • 2 Tablespoons Tequila
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Lime Zest
  • 2 Tablespoons Powdered Sugar


  1. Heat oven to 350*F.
  2. Stir flour into cookie mix. Add butter, egg, tequila, and lim zest; stir until a soft dough forms.
  3. Roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with 2-inch cookie cutter and place on an ungreased cookie sheet, 1-inch part. Reroll scraps and recut as needed.
  4. Bake 8-10 minutes or until cooked through but not browned. (5-7 for smaller cookies). Remove from oven and let cool 1 minute before transferring to a cooling rack; let cool completely. Dust with powdered sugar.