Tequila-Lime Sugar Cookies


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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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Tequila-Lime Sugar Cookies 1

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.[br] For a tequila-free version, substitute with 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 16


  • 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


  • Heat oven to 350*F.
  • Stir flour into cookie mix. Add butter, egg, tequila, and lime zest; stir until a soft dough forms.
  • Roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with 2-inch cookie cutter and place on an ungreased cookie sheet, 1-inch apart. Reroll scraps and recut as needed.
  • 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.


By on February 13th, 2013

About Lauren

Hi, I'm Lauren! I'm a certified plant-based cook and enthusiastic omnivore who loves looking for creative ways to make weeknight meals more nutritious. I'm the author of Heathy Eating One Pot Cookbook and Healthy Meal Prep Slow Cooker Cookbook. I also blog at The Busy Foodie.

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8 thoughts on “Tequila-Lime Sugar Cookies”

  1. Hi, can you explain the Greek yogurt substitution?

    I’m using my own sugar cookie recipe but it uses 3 sticks of butter (1 1/2 cups).
    The recipe says just replace 2/3 the butter with Greek yogurt.

    How much yogurt should I use instead of the 1 1/2 cups of butter?


  2. what about the greek yogurt and powdered sugar? do those just get mixed in? they’re listed on the ingredients, but not mentioned in the recipe.

  3. There’s just something special about homemade cookies, especially chocolate chip cookies, so far as I’m concerned. It’s a great family activity, something even children can help with, and everyone loves eating the results.:

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  5. My favorite cookies of all time are coconut-lime sugar cookies and I think a shot of tequila is just what they need to amp them up! Great idea!


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