Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Margarita Short Bread Cookies

I love making cookies. They are the perfect treat for entertaining. My mom got this recipe for me after tasting these cookies in her office one day. I have now made these at almost every holiday or special occasion. They are always a big hit at parties and would be perfect for Easter.

These cookies are delicate, buttery and crunchy. They are flavored with fresh lime and orange zest with a hint of tequila. They are then rolled into a sugar and salt mixture to create a sweet and salty rim. These cookies can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container.

Take a look at my post of dessert platters for entertaining: 

Margarita Short Bread Cookies
Makes 50 Cookies (prep time 15 minutes, 2h30m chill time, 14 minutes bake time)

2 sticks unsalted butter-room temperature
2/3 cup confectioners sugar
2 egg yolks-separated and at room temperature
Pinch of salt
2 tsp tequila
Zest of 2 limes
Zest of 1/2 orange
2 cups flour
1/2 cup coarse sugar and 1-2 tsp coarse salt

1. In a stand mixer, beat the butter until smooth. Sift in confectioners sugar and mix until incorporated. Beat in 1 egg yolk, salt, lime zest, orange zest and tequila. Slowly beat in the flour and mix until incorporated.

2. Divide dough in half, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

3. Form each half into a log 1"- 1 1/4" thick. Re-wrap each log and chill in refrigerator for 2 hours.

4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silpat.

5. Whisk egg yolk until smooth. Mix sugar and salt in a shallow dish or on wax paper. Brush the tops of the cookie logs with egg and cover the entire log with sugar/salt mixture.

6. Slice 1/4" thick cookies and place on backing sheet. Bake 10-14 minutes until slightly golden brown.

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