Saturday, February 22, 2014

Strawberry Margarita Sweet Rolls...#NationalMargaritaDay

February 22nd is National Margarita Day and I can't think of a better reason to celebrate. In fact, several of us have gotten together to give you a plethora of Margarita recipes...everything from cookies to cocktails. A big round of applause to Heather Dar Schmitt-Gonzalez of girlichef for organizing!

While I love margaritas, I was a little frightened at the prospect of making them for a blog post...imagine how I would slur my words! I decided instead to be a little different and make a sweet roll using all of the flavors I love in a margarita.

Strawberry Margarita Sweet Rolls

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 (.25 ounce) package instant yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg, room temperature, slightly beaten
  • 3 1/4 to 3 1/2 cups flour (I use bread flour, but you can use all purpose)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 cups chopped fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons tequila or orange liqueur

 Heat the milk, 1/4 cup butter and 1/4 cup sugar in a small saucepan until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat. Let cool until temperature is about 110 degrees F (like bathwater warm).

In a large mixing bowl, combine milk mixture with yeast, egg, and 2 cups of the flour and the salt; beat well. Add the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring well after each addition. When the dough has just pulled together, turn it onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth, about 5 minutes. (Alternately, just use the dough hook on your mixer and let the mixer knead the dough for about five minutes).

Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover with a clean damp towel. Allow dough to rise until double, about 1 hour. In the mean time, place the chopped berries in a colander or strainer over a bowl. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of sugar and 2 tablespoons of tequila or orange liqueur over the berries and set them aside while the dough is rising. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the strawberry juice for the glaze.

Roll out the dough into a 12X9 inch rectangle (I like to do this on my Silpat). Spread the dough with two tablespoons of softened butter. Sprinkle the brown sugar evenly over the butter and top with the chopped strawberries. Roll up the dough and pinch seam to seal. Cut into 12 equal sized pieces and place into a greased 9X13 inch pan. Cover and let rise until doubled.

Bake at 375 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until browned. Remove from oven. Cool slightly before frosting.

Strawberry Margarita Glaze

4 oz cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons reserved strawberry juice
1 tablespoon orange liqueur
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon finely grated lime peel

Beat the cream cheese and the butter in a medium bowl. Add the vanilla, strawberry juice, orange liqueur, and lime juice blending until smooth. Slowly add the powdered sugar and beat to desired consistency. Garnish the frosted rolls with the grated lime peel.

Now, check out what everyone else is making for National Margarita Day! 

Margarita Bites:


  1. Oooooo, I could my margarita for breakfast! Thanks for sharing with National Margarita Day.

  2. These are amazing! I could really go for one (or two) for breakfast right now!

  3. What a gorgeous recipe, I love something like this for a treat for breakfast. Oh, I am so hungry now!!

  4. Cathy...those are beautiful!! You're so good at thinking outside of the box! Happy National Margarita Day! Cheers my friend :D

  5. I think you found the perfect way to start National Margarita Day. These rolls look delicious!!

  6. I have been SO antsy to see this recipe, Cathy - and AWMAWGAW, I need a pan of these on my table right now. They are brilliant! Thanks for bringing this beautiful twist on margaritas to the party :)

  7. These are just gorgeous, Cathy! You are the sweet roll queen!!!

  8. Dannnggg those look incredible! Fantastic recipe :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  9. Delicious!!! margarita in a roll..umm yes!

  10. These look absolutely heavenly!! Wowza!

  11. Whoa, what an amazing, delicious twist on sweet rolls! That strawberry margarita glaze looks good enough to drink!