Margarita Balls
Margarita Balls

Margarita Balls are a delightful no-bake dessert that combines the flavors of a classic margarita cocktail with sweet and tangy ingredients. They are often made with crushed vanilla wafer cookies, almonds, lime zest, and tequila, and they are rolled into small balls and coated with powdered sugar. Here’s how to make Margarita Balls:


  • 1 1/2 cups vanilla wafer cookies, crushed (about 1 sleeve of cookies)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, divided
  • 1 cup almonds, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest (from about 2 limes)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (from about 2 limes)
  • 1/4 cup tequila
  • 2 tablespoons triple sec or orange liqueur
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup


  1. Crush Cookies:
  • Place the vanilla wafer cookies in a food processor and pulse until they are finely crushed. Alternatively, you can place them in a resealable plastic bag and crush them using a rolling pin.
  1. Combine Dry Ingredients:
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the crushed cookies, 1/2 cup of powdered sugar, chopped almonds, and lime zest. Mix well.
  1. Mix Wet Ingredients:
  • In a separate small bowl, whisk together the fresh lime juice, tequila, triple sec, and light corn syrup.
  1. Combine Wet and Dry:
  • Pour the wet ingredient mixture over the dry ingredients in the large mixing bowl. Stir until everything is well combined and the mixture is moistened evenly.
  1. Shape into Balls:
  • Take small portions of the mixture and roll them into 1-inch balls using your hands. Place the balls on a baking sheet or tray lined with parchment paper.
  1. Coat with Powdered Sugar:
  • Put the remaining 1/2 cup of powdered sugar in a shallow dish. Roll each Margarita Ball in the powdered sugar until it is coated evenly. Place the coated balls back on the parchment-lined tray.
  1. Chill:
  • Once all the balls are coated, cover the tray with plastic wrap and refrigerate the Margarita Balls for at least 1-2 hours, or until they are firm.
  1. Serve:
  • Once chilled, your Margarita Balls are ready to be served. They are a sweet and tangy treat with a hint of tequila flavor.

Margarita Balls are a fun and flavorful dessert, perfect for adult gatherings and celebrations. They capture the essence of a margarita cocktail in a bite-sized, no-bake form. Enjoy responsibly!