Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Margarita-Lime Cookies with Tequila Glaze

Cookie Monday turned into Margarita Monday this week! How? Magic.

Also because my friend Lisa challenged me to make something utilizing "Salgar," a combination of salt & sugar invented by Leslie Knope, a character portrayed by Amy Poehler on the television situation comedy Parks & Recreation.

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When I first thought of salt/sugar, I thought of salted caramel. But that's so overdone. My next thought was, shockingly, booze. There MUST be some kind of margarita cookie out there, right? So I did some searching and found this recipe. It's an icebox cookie so you could easily make the dough ahead of time. Mix up the lime dough, roll the log in some "salgar," slice it, bake it, drizzle it with tequila glaze.

Seriously though, these were amazing and they made my coworkers VERY happy.


Margarita Cookies with Tequila Glaze
Love from the Oven

2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter, softened
Green food coloring (optional)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon finely grated lime peel
1 teaspoon orange extract
1/2 cup sanding sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

For the Glaze:
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon tequila

Mix flour and 1/4 teaspoon salt in medium bowl. Set aside. Beat butter and granulated sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add egg, lime peel, extract and food coloring if using; mix well. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until well mixed. Divide dough in half. Form each half into a log about 9 inches long and 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Wrap in wax paper.

Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.

Preheat oven 350°F. Mix sanding sugar and kosher salt. Roll each cold dough log in mixture to coat evenly. Cut dough into 1/4-inch thick slices. Place on ungreased baking sheets. If desired sprinkle a bit of additional sugar and salt mixture on tops.

Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned around edges. Cool on baking sheets 1 minute. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.

Drizzle Glaze over cooled cookies. If desired sprinkle lightly with salt/sugar mixture. Let stand until glaze is set.

To make the glaze: Mix 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, and 1 tablespoon each water and tequila in small bowl until smooth. (Or omit tequila and use 2 tablespoons water.)

Yield: I doubled the recipe and got about 6 dozen

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