Margarita Lime Buttercream Sandwich Cookies

Hi guys!

I’m home from Mexico! I hope you all had a great last week because I had an A-MAZING one!

I think a beach vacation should be a mandatory yearly outing, kind of like your annual teeth-cleaning or physical exam. Only instead of avoiding the dentist like the plague or promising your doctor you really do take that multivitamin everyday with your fingers crossed behind your back…you CANNOT wait to go!

I swear one look at the beach is enough to cure anything. That near panic attack on the plane from that turbulence? Love to fly. I’ll even jump. Give me the parachute.

Sorry I really didn’t get the best pictures on my trip, but take a look at the beach! The water was gorgeous. Pretty deep blues and turquoise, and the sand was white and soft, no rocks and super clean. I had such a great time! I couldn’t even tell you the last time I just sat and read all day. There wasn’t even any internet so I wasn’t attached to my cell or my e-mail (even though I had serious separation anxiety the first couple days…what do you mean you only get internet in the lobby sir?? And you’re charging me $5 every 15 minutes??) .
But it was great, I read all 3 Hunger Games books which was even better because I already look like I’m 15 (I’m 24! No, seriously) so reading the latest pre-teen craze just about sealed the deal on me getting my pina coladas without a few questions.
O and by the way – OBSESSED with the Hunger Games. I made my dad read them too. I’m marrying Peeta.
I’m happy to be home though, and sooo happy to not eat at another buffet! (we were at an all-inclusive, never ending drinks?? Yessss please!) Buffets are seriously awesome…until day 7. By then I’m a bit over the excitement of being able to eat 12 different rolls and three kinds of chicken with no one judging me and start thinking more like that giant vat of guacamole reminds me a lot like my middle school cafeteria…
(Oops! Little blurry with the iPhone…getting drinks after dinner with the parents :)
O! And I left out a major part of my vaca details- wondering why I got to go to Mexico? Because I was lovingly mooching off of my little brother’s high school senior trip. It was my mom, dad and I, plus 5 other 18 year old boys….
Ok! So now on to these awesome Margarita Lime Buttercream Sandwich Cookies. I love the beach but I seriously missed my KitchenAid! I haven’t had time to try anything since I got home but luckily I made these the other week so I’d have something to share when I got back.
I wanted to keep the Mexican theme going because I am in serious denial that I’m supposed to get back to reality. I might now be able to drink margaritas at 11am anymore but I can definitely snack on some Margarita Cookies!
Plus how cute is this idea for a party? Perfect for a summer barbecue or girls night out. These really do taste like margaritas too! The cookie is a soft butter cookie with a hint of lime zest and then sprinkled in more lime zest, turbinado sugar and a bit of coarse salt. The zing of lime with the salt is soooo good! And then I sandwiched two of these cookies with a light lime buttercream frosting. Not your typical cookie but so much fun for a change!
Happy to be home! Enjoy guys!
[typography font=”Delius” size=”20″ size_format=”px”]Margarita Lime Buttercream Sandwich Cookies[/typography]
Yields 16 sandwich cookies
For the Cookies
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 5 teaspoons grated lime rind, divided
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 teaspoon turbinado sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
For the Lime Buttercream Frosting
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lime rind
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/3 cups powdered sugar
  1. Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl with a mixer at medium speed for 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add egg, 1 tablespoon lime rind, and lime juice; beat 2 minutes or until well combined.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, and 1/8 teaspoon table salt; stir with a whisk. Add flour mixture to butter mixture, and beat just until combined.
  3. Divide dough into 2 equal portions. Shape each portion into a 6-inch log. Wrap logs individually in plastic wrap; chill 3 hours or until firm.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°.
  5. Cut each log into 16 (about 1/3-inch-thick) slices, and place 1 inch apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle the cookies evenly with remaining 2 teaspoons lime rind, turbinado sugar, and sea salt.
  6. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool for 2 minutes on pans on a wire rack. Remove from baking sheets, and cool completely on wire rack.

For the frosting:

Combine 3 tablespoons butter and next 3 ingredients (through juice) in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. Gradually add the powdered sugar, beating just until smooth. Spread evenly onto flat side of one cookie, take another cookie and gently sandwich together. Repeat with remaining cookies.

Each sandwich is just about 200 calories and 7 grams of fat


  1. I’d be bummed having to come back from that gorgeous scene. The cookies look and sound amazing.

  2. SO jealous of your beach stay. But, you’ve made it up to me by sharing these cookies!

    • Whipped Baking says:

      hahah thanks Jen! It was sooooo much fun! And Chicago’s definitely not making the transition home fun… its back in the 50s here again!

  3. Welcome back! What an insanely awesome holiday it sounds like :D
    Thanks for bringing back your tropical holiday with you in these ultimate cookies!

    Choc Chip Uru

  4. welcome back from your awesomely beautiful vacation! and these cookies sound FABULOUS! definitely bookmarking these!

    • Whipped Baking says:

      Thanks Jenn! It was a great vacation! This is one of my new favorite cookies recipes too :) It was fun having something different for a change (I’m usually a stubborn chocolate chip cookie girl :)

  5. You lucky lucky GORGEOUS girl! Man, you are just a little thing huh? I’m pretty jealous I’m not gonna lie ;-)

    These are so cute! I love that they are themed after one of my favorite drinks. My mom and I always go out and have Margaritas after rough weeks. I am sure these cookies would help out too :-)

    • Whipped Baking says:

      Hahaha not for too much longer with this baking blog I’ve got going on… :) And yes! the first thing I thought when I ate one of these cookies was…I need a margarita! Love margaritas too!

  6. WOW, you must have had a fantastic time! :)
    And yes, Peeta! ;)
    Anyways, the cookies looks delicious, I love the bold flavors!

    • Whipped Baking says:

      Thanks Kiri! Haha Peeta all the way! I’m going to see the movie this Friday (hopefully after all of the middle school kids have already seen it!)

  7. Lime and buttercream in one cookie? Swoon! These look absolutely delicious–and I’m so glad you had a good vacation!

    • Whipped Baking says:

      Aw thanks! me too! I’d never made a lime buttercream before and I loved this one! Definitely doing it again :)

  8. You must have had a wonderful vacation!!! These cookies sound absolutely delicioius…

  9. Welcome back! Glad you had a great time with the family and the fun in the sun.
    We both were on the same wave length, making sandwich cookies. You did make a perfect choice when it comes to making something that makes you think of beach vacations. Margarita anything is hard to pass up and your cookies do look tasty. I will take one dozen please!

    • Whipped Baking says:

      Haha we did! I just checked out your recipe, yum! I thought margaritas were perfect for a little taste of the beach in Chicago :)

  10. Looks like you had a wonderful vacation. These cookies look great. It’s a real treat.

  11. Looks mighty delicious! A nice, light summer cookie – perfect!

  12. Awww, those look delicious!! And Mexico looks gorgeous right now! What a fun trip! :) Glad you got to go!

  13. Oh, what yummy cookies…love the cream filling! Some of my youngest’s buddies were in Cancun for spring break last week…I haven’t gotten the low down from the moms, yet, but I’m sure there were some stories! We ended up on the Atlantic coast of southern Georgia :)

    • Whipped Baking says:

      Hahah o we had stories too…only I was specifically told to not even dare to post them :) Your trip sounds fun too! My best friend lives in Georgia and she brags to me every day about how gorgeous the weather is!

  14. OMG these look AWESOME!

  15. May I post one of your pictures with a link to your post on my blog? I’m doing a 5 favorites each Friday and this was one of mine this week ;)

  16. ♥Ruthie♥ says:

    Oh my goodness Kristina! your cookies look AMAZING! love the whole lime and buttercream thing goin’ on!! haha my mom and I just recently did our own personal “cupcake wars” like food network and she did a key lime pie cupcake…so yeah, definitely in the mood to eat something limy!! Keep the recipes comin’!! :)


    • Whipped Baking says:

      Thanks Ruthie! Hahah I love that you and your mom had a ‘cupcake’ wars! I wanna try and get my mom to do one, that would be hilarious, we’re both so competitive! And your key lime pie cupcakes sounds awesome :) With all the warm weather coming I’ve been craving citrus desserts!

  17. These cookies look absolutely delicious. I discovered your blog all thanks to Heidi the Young Grasshopper and am eager to try these out.