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Margarita Muffins (Adapted from the 1 Mix, 100 Muffins Basic Muffin Recipe)

These sweet-and-sour margarita muffins are just the right touch of tropical for breakfast. Zesty lime muffins topped with a tequila lime glaze and a candied lime slice.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr 35 mins
Total Time1 hr 55 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 12 muffins
Author: The Kitchen Prep


Muffin Batter:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup {heaping} sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • A drop of orange extract {optional}
  • Zest of one lime*

Tequila-Lime Glaze:

  • ½ cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon tequila or lime juice if you prefer
  • ¼ teaspoon lime zest
  • A drop of orange extract {optional}
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk or water

Candied Limes

  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1-2 limes sliced into thin rounds
  • {Optional} Approximately ¼ cup granulated sugar


Make the Muffins:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place liners in a 12 cup muffin tin, and set aside.
  • Whisk all of the dry ingredients together in a medium bowl.
  • Whisk all of the wet ingredients and lime zest in another bowl.
  • Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and slowly pour in the wet ingredients, stirring gently. Mix it until it's just combined so you don't get dense muffins. {Nobody likes a dense muffin.}
  • Using an ice cream scoop {or not, I just like to be fair and make sure every liner gets the same amount}, scoop batter into liners.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick poked into the middle of the muffin comes out clean.
  • *You can add extra zest if you want them a little zestier. Using one lime gave them a slight lime flavor, but nothing overpowering. It's up to your tastebuds how you want to do it!

Make the Tequila Lime Glaze:

  • In a small bowl, whisk confectioners' sugar, tequila, lime zest and orange extract together. Add milk or water a little bit at a time until you get the consistency you're looking for. If you add too much liquid, don't worry, just add a little more confectioners' sugar to thicken it up!
  • Drizzle over muffins or dip the muffins in the glaze and give them a shake before flipping them back over to get rid of the excess. Top with a candied lime if you'd like!

Make the Candied Limes:

  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and set aside.
  • Stir water and granulated sugar together in a pan over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Bring the sugar water to a gentle boil.
  • Drop in lime slices and let them bubble away for about 10-12 minutes, swishing them around every so often and coating them in syrup. Cook until the pith {white part} starts to become sort of translucent.
  • Carefully remove them from the syrup*, letting the excess liquid drip off, and place them on the lined pan. Bake them for 1 hour.
  • Remove them from the oven and, while they're still warm, sprinkle them with granulated sugar {or press them gently into a bowl of sugar} to give them a sparkly appearance.
  • *You can save this syrup {which is now lime flavored} to add to iced tea, cocktails, or other treats!


Adapted from the 1 Mix, 100 Muffins Basic Muffin Recipe