Recipe 21: Sugar-Rimmed Margarita Cookies

Finally! A recipe I don’t have to pretend to drop alcohol into!

This one is for all you lushes out there who love margaritas.

The glaze has tequila. Uncooked, full booze level tequila. 

Step 1: Gather ingredients: flour, butter, sugar, orange extract, salt, lime zest, egg, sage.

I can see how the orange extract is citrusy and lends that flavor, but sage? Why?

Step 2: Combine flour and salt (not pictured). 

Step 3: Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Oh, Kitchenaid, I’ve missed you.

Step 4: Add extract, zest, sage, and egg. 

I’m still confused about this whole sage thing. Can I get a margarita, blended, but with some sage? Great, thanks man! 

Step 5: Gradually add flour mixture until combined.

Step 6: Divide dough in half, roll into 9-inch logs, refrigerate for an hour up to overnight. 

I didn’t get a picture of this because the dough was really sticky and I didn’t want to touch my iPhone. This is where I could have used an assistant. 😦 FML FML FML.

Step 7: Roll log in sugar/salt mixture. Cut log into 1/4-inch pieces. 

Oh, here’s a picture of my funk log. Have I ever mentioned I HATE LOG COOKIES? That thing was deformed even after I rerolled it. Stupid.

What happened next? Oh the usual. I got really angry while holding a knife.

See how the log flattens so nicely at the bottom as I cut? WHAT THE HELL, LOG? I have tried all of Martha’s tips: rotate the log as you cut, use a serrated knife…nothing works.

At this point I wish I’d been drinking the tequila because I’d probably think this was all funny. It wasn’t.

I threw one of the deformed cookie dough pieces into the sink and it just bounced back up on the counter! I couldn’t get rid of this shit.

Step 8: Bake for 12-14 mins. 

OMG I am going to hurt somebody. They melted! Fuuuuuuuu

I immediately threw the remaining log and sliced cookies into the freezer in hopes I could prevent this from happening again.

While the next batch was baking, I decided to try the “rim” sugar/salt combo.

Salt! Like a punch in the face!

Ugh. Still ugly, but a little better.

Step 9: Make glaze: powdered sugar, water, tequila. 

This tequila has been around for years. Is it crap? I don’t know. Don’t judge me.

Step 10: Glaze.

I put some in a Ziploc bag and cut the tip off, but I had no free hands to photograph. I also used the wooden spoon for some, but it didn’t work as well.

Yeah, it blobbed more than anything when I used the spoon.

Step 11: Is there any more tequila?

Link to original recipe

Yields: 60
I got: 51.5 (I don’t even…)

Start time: 9:35
End time: 12:20 (2 hours, 45 mins)
Martha’s estimated time: 1 hour, 15 mins

What did I learn? 

  • Logs don’t get easier. 😦
  • Tequila and sugar make a damn good glaze.
  • I probably need to refrigerate the logs longer.
  • The sugar cooked probably because I used granulated sugar instead of sanding sugar. (I was out, sorry.)

What do I need to learn?

  • Why sage?
  • Why only 1 tbsp tequila? I want more.

I’m sorry it’s been a while since I made cooks. I had no hot water in my kitchen for a while and I didn’t want to wash dishes in cold. That, in combination with a 1 tbsp of laziness, is why. I won’t let you down again.

Congrats to my friend Megan who was recently promoted. Now I don’t have to buy you a drink! You can just eat one.


6 responses to “Recipe 21: Sugar-Rimmed Margarita Cookies

  1. It’s weird to me that there’s no baking powder or baking soda in these. Maybe that’s why they melted?

  2. Tequila and sugar does sound like a damn good glaze! These cookies just sound awesome!

  3. Listen, I still need you to buy me a drank.
    I say mas tequila in the glaze, it was a little hard to taste. I don’t know what that sage does but, daaaaamn, that’s a good cook.
    Also- does Martha provide nutriton information so I can cry while I eat cookies?

  4. I’d ditch the sage in place of more tequila. I suppose 1tbsp also makes sense if you’ve drunk most of the tequila by the time you get to the glaze.

  5. Chris

    The cookies were quite tasty. To answer your question on Step 9, yes, I’m pretty sure Arandas is crap, and it’s too late, you have already been judged.

  6. Pingback: Recipe 51: Lemon Clove Cookies « Nate Makes Cookies

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