Ruby Red Grapefruit Sandwich Cookies

Final shot grapefruit creme




Browsing through cookbooks last weekend I discovered this recipe for Grapefruit Sandwich Cookies. I love grapefruit. Eating one for breakfast is always so refreshing. Recently I started exploring recipes that incorporate it.


These cookies are light with a subtle hint of grapefruit. I added a twist by dipping some in white chocolate but in the end I like the light flavor of the original.



Ruby Red Grapefruit Sandwich Cookies

from Martha Stewart Baking Handbook


Makes 15 sandwich cookies.

Grated zest of 1 Ruby Red grapefruit, plus 1/4 cup freshly squeezed juice

1 cup sugar

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface

3/4 cup cake flour (not self-rising)

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

2 large egg yolks

Pink Grapefruit Cream Filling



Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. In a small bowl, combine zest with 1 tablespoon sugar; set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together both flours, baking powder, and salt; set aside.


In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and remaining sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Add egg yolks, and beat until combined, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Beat in reserved zest-sugar mixture. Add flour mixture in two batches, alternating with the juice, and beat to combine.


grapefruit zest


Turn out dough onto a piece of plastic wrap, and shape into a 1-inch-thick disk. Wrap in plastic, and refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.


On a lightly floured work surface, roll out disk to 1/8 inch thick using a lightly floured rolling pin. Using a lightly floured 2-inch round cookie cutter, cut out rounds and place about 1 inch apart on prepared sheet. Bake, rotating sheet halfway through, until edges are golden, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer sheet to a wire rack to cool 5 minutes. Transfer parchment paper and cookies to rack to cool completely.


Grapefruit cookies on sheet


Using an offset spatula, spread 1 tablespoon filling onto flat sides of half the cookies. Sandwich with remaining cookies, keeping flat sides down. Once filled, cookies can be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.




Pink Grapefruit Cream Filling


1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

2 cups confectioners’ sugar

1 tablespoon honey

3 tablespoons freshly squeezed Ruby Red grapefruit juice


In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Beat in honey. Add juice, 1 tablespoon at a time, until filling holds together and is smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl, cover, and set aside until ready to use.

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