This past week has been a little bit of a ‘vacation.’ It’s been the last week of maternity leave AND my husband’s first week home. I got to spend lots of time with both him and the baby, which makes me happy. But I’m gonna be real here, if I’m going to call it vacation, it better boast of ample amounts of time in the sun, cocktails and treats.

What is a vacation without those 3 things? Exactly.

Ordinally you think of milk and cookies being the perfect combo. Let me correct this thinking, margaritas and cookies are the new ‘milk and cookies.’ At least this week they were. I won’t say how many margs I drank or how many cookies I ate, let’s just say I might need to detox a bit this week. Too bad it’s Cinco de Mayo this week, so detoxing, ya, probabaly not gonna happen. Geez, I’m making myself sound like a lush, really I’m not.

These cookies are SUPER good. Very lime-y and perfect for a hot spring or summer day. I don’t know if I can go as far to say a cookie can be ‘refreshing’ but if ever a cookie was refreshing, these would be the ones. The pudding keeps the cookies fluffy and soft, and obviously adds the extra citrus flavor. You can sub any flavor of pudding though. I got the original idea for adding pudding in the cookies from Maria, she’s a cookie enthusiast to say the least ;)

Key Lime Pie Cookies
Makes about 4 dozen cookies

1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3.4 oz. package lemon instant pudding mix
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
zest of 2 limes (about 2 tbsp)
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups white chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat and set aside.

Using a mixer, beat butter and sugars until creamy. Add in lime pudding mix (dry mix, don’t add any milk), eggs, lime zest and vanilla extract. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Stir in the white chocolate chips.

Scoop cookie dough onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove cookies from oven and let cool on baking sheet for a few minutes. Transfer cookies to a cooling rack and cool completely.

makes 2 margaritas, or 1 monster marg

2 parts Tequila (I used a silver tequila)
1 part Triple Sec
1 part fresh squeezed lime juice
1/2 tsp sugar

Mix all ingredients and pour over ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.