Whip Up a Batch of Zesty Grapefruit Cookies – Simple Recipe!

Attention all foodies! Get ready to indulge in an exceptional and unique flavor experience with these grapefruit sandwich cookies. These cookies are not your average run-of-the-mill desserts – they’re a refreshing twist on traditional sandwich cookies that blend the flavors of ruby red grapefruit, honey, and confectioners’ sugar to create mouth-watering and rejuvenating treats.

When it comes to creating desserts that are both deliciously sweet and tangy at the same time, nothing beats the delicious tartness of grapefruit. The fruit’s juicy texture provides a refreshing burst of flavor that perfectly complements the rich sweetness of honey and confectioners’ sugar.

As you sink your teeth into these velvety sandwiches, you’ll feel your taste buds dance with delight as the smooth buttery filling melts away in your mouth. With each bite, you can taste the perfect balance between sweet and tangy, leaving you craving for more.

So do not wait any longer, grab a pink grapefruit and give this recipe a try. You’d be surprised by how one ingredient can transform something ordinary into something extraordinary. So let’s get started on making these unforgettable grapefruit sandwich cookies that will leave your mouth watering in anticipation!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Grapefruit Sandwich Cookies
Grapefruit Sandwich Cookies

Are you looking for a dessert recipe that is fresh, unique, and bursting with flavor? Look no further than these grapefruit sandwich cookies! These cookies combine the tangy sweetness of ruby red grapefruit juice and honey with the rich buttery taste of unsalted butter to create a delectable sandwich cookie that is sure to delight your taste buds.

Not only are these cookies delicious, but they are also versatile. Whether you want a sweet treat after dinner or a mid-afternoon snack, these cookies will satisfy your cravings. You can also pair them with a cup of tea or coffee for an indulgent afternoon break.

Plus, the use of grapefruit in this recipe adds a refreshing twist to traditional dessert offerings. Grapefruit is packed with nutrients and antioxidants, making it an excellent choice for a healthy and delicious snack. You’ll not only love the taste of these cookies but also feel good about eating them.

In addition to their delicious taste and health benefits, these grapefruit sandwich cookies are easy to make. With simple ingredients and step-by-step instructions, even beginner bakers can whip up a batch of these treats in no time.

So what are you waiting for? Give this recipe a try and experience the perfect balance of sweet and tangy flavors that will leave you wanting more. Your taste buds will thank you!

Ingredient List

 Sweet, tangy, and bursting with citrus flavor!
Sweet, tangy, and bursting with citrus flavor!

Before starting any recipe, it is important to gather all the necessary ingredients to ensure a smooth and stress-free cooking experience. The ingredients for these Grapefruit Sandwich Cookies are simple and can be easily found in your local grocery store. Here’s what you’ll need:

For the cookie dough:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg +1 egg yolk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Zest of one Ruby Red Grapefruit

For the grapefruit filling:

  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • Zest of one Ruby Red grapefruit
  • 1/4 cup Ruby Red grapefruit juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Make sure to measure out each ingredient accurately to maintain the balance of flavors and textures of this delicious cookies recipe.

The Recipe How-To

 Indulge in a satisfying crunch with every bite.
Indulge in a satisfying crunch with every bite.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make the perfect Grapefruit Sandwich Cookies.


  • 1 ruby red grapefruit, zest of
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour plus work surface
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder


Step 1: Preheat your oven to 325°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 2: In a mixing bowl, cream together the unsalted butter, grapefruit zest, and sugar until the mixture is fluffy and light in color.

Step 3: Add the egg yolk and vanilla extract into the butter mixture and continue to blend until well combined.

Step 4: In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, salt, and baking powder.

Step 5: Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture while mixing on low speed. Be careful not to overmix the dough.

Step 6: Once all of the ingredients are fully combined, shape the dough into a disk.

Step 7: Cut the disk into two halves and wrap each half in wax or parchment paper. Refrigerate for at least an hour, or overnight if possible.

Step 8: Flour your work surface lightly and roll out one disk of dough until it is about a quarter-inch thick. Cut out shapes using a cookie cutter or knife.

Step 9: Place each cookie on a lined baking sheet and bake for about fifteen minutes or until they are lightly golden around the edges.

Step 10: Remove from heat and let cool completely before adding frosting filling between each cookie sandwich.

Enjoy your delicious Grapefruit Sandwich Cookies!

Substitutions and Variations

 Perfectly buttery and crumbly shortbread which pairs with the grapefruit filling.
Perfectly buttery and crumbly shortbread which pairs with the grapefruit filling.

Are you looking to switch things up with your grapefruit sandwich cookies? Luckily, there are a few substitutions and variations you can try to make this recipe your own.

Firstly, if you prefer a sweeter flavor, consider using pink grapefruit instead of ruby red. Pink grapefruit tends to be less bitter and has a softer taste that pairs well with the honey and sugar in the recipe.

Want to add some spice to your cookies? Try adding some grated ginger to the cookie dough or mixing some ginger into the grapefruit curd filling for an added kick.

If you’re feeling bold, experiment with different types of preserves for the filling. Blueberry preserves are a classic choice, or you could try something new like raspberry, peach, or apricot.

If you want to make this recipe a bit healthier, try substituting all-purpose flour for almond flour or coconut flour. These alternatives will give your cookies a nuttier taste and reduce their carbohydrate content.

Finally, for all the chocolate lovers out there, try dipping your sandwich cookies in melted dark chocolate or adding cocoa powder to the cookie batter for a rich and decadent dessert.

No matter what substitutions or variations you choose, don’t be afraid to get creative in the kitchen. By experimenting with different flavors and ingredients, you may just create a grapefruit sandwich cookie that is truly unique and unforgettable.

Serving and Pairing

 Delicate, airy, and slightly sweet to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Delicate, airy, and slightly sweet to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Once you have baked the Grapefruit Sandwich Cookies, it’s time to enjoy them! These delectable cookies are perfect as a light snack or a dessert, accompanied by a cup of coffee, tea or even a glass of ruby red grapefruit juice.

For an extra indulgent treat, sandwich some grapefruit curd or blueberry preserves between two cookies. The filling will add a burst of fruity flavor that perfectly complements the tanginess of the grapefruit zest in the cookie dough.

If you’re looking for a unique dessert that will impress your guests, try putting together a Pink Grapefruit Sandwich Cake. Simply stack the Grapefruit Sandwich Cookies on top of each other with some pink grapefruit cream in between the layers. The cake will be visually stunning and guaranteed to wow even the most discerning palates.

As for pairing, these cookies are light and zesty, which makes them perfect for spring and summer parties. Serve them alongside fresh fruit or as part of a fruit-based dessert plate. You can also pair them with other baked goods such as Ginger Grapefruit Linzer Cookies or Vanilla Shortbread Cookies.

Overall, the versatility of these cookies makes them an excellent addition to any menu – whether you’re hosting a casual get-together or serving up something special at a more formal gathering.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A tasty and refreshing treat on a hot summer day.
A tasty and refreshing treat on a hot summer day.

Grapefruit sandwich cookies keep well and are easy to store, either in the fridge or in an airtight container at room temperature. If you’re baking ahead of time, you can freeze the cookies once assembled for up to a month. For longer storage, make sure to store them in multiple layers – this prevents the cookies from adhering to one another.

To make ahead or store, the cookie dough can be chilled for up to 2 days before rolling it into balls for baking. These are perfect if you want fresh-out-of-the-oven cookies without having to go through the entire process all over again.

When reheating these cookies, we recommend popping them into the oven for 5-7 minutes at a temperature of 325 degrees Fahrenheit. This will allow the cookies to crisp up again and bring out their true flavors. Be mindful not to overheat them – this will cause them to dry out.

It’s worth mentioning that these grapefruit sandwich cookies are best enjoyed within a day or two after they’re made. The longer they’re stored, the spongier they get – however, this may be a preference of some people!

Tips for Perfect Results

 A delightful concoction that's sure to impress anyone who tries it.
A delightful concoction that’s sure to impress anyone who tries it.

Making the perfect grapefruit sandwich cookies can be challenging, but with a few tips and tricks, you can ensure that your cookies turn out delicious every time. Here are some tips to help you achieve perfect results.

Firstly, make sure to zest only the colored part of the grapefruit. Zesting too deeply may cause the cookies to become bitter. Use a microplane grater to get finely grated zest for your cookie dough.

Secondly, it is important to cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. This step takes around 2-3 minutes and helps to create air pockets in the dough that will make the cookies light and tender.

Thirdly, do not overmix the dough after adding the flour. Overmixing can cause the gluten in the flour to develop too much, making the cookies tough. Mix until just combined, then gently fold in the grapefruit zest.

Fourthly, when shaping the dough into balls for baking, make them as uniform as possible so they bake evenly. You can use a small cookie scoop or a tablespoon measuring spoon for this step.

Fifthly, if you’re baking more than one sheet of cookies at a time, swap their positions halfway through baking to ensure even browning. This is particularly important if your oven has hot spots.

Finally, let the cookies cool completely on a wire rack once they’re out of the oven. If you try to remove them from the baking sheets while they’re still warm, they may break apart. Once cooled down completely you can assemble sandwiches using your desired fillings such as frosting or jams or curd.


As you dive into this recipe and create your own delicious grapefruit sandwich cookies, you may have some questions along the way. Don’t fret, as I’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help guide you through any potential roadblocks. From ingredient substitutions to baking techniques, these FAQs will provide you with additional tips and insights to ensure that your grapefruit sandwich cookies turn out perfectly every time. So, without further ado, let’s jump right into the FAQ section of this recipe article.

What is the history of sandwich cookies?

Sunshine Biscuits was founded by Jacob Loose, who acquired a biscuit and candy company in 1882. The company’s baking plant designs led to the adoption of the name “Sunshine Biscuits.” One of the famous products of the company was Hydrox, a biscuit sandwich that was first introduced in 1908.

What is a cookie sandwich called?

A delectable treat dubbed as a sandwich cookie or sandwich biscuit consists of two thin or medium cookies, holding various fillings such as cream, ganache, chocolate, buttercream, jam, cream cheese, peanut butter, lemon curd, or ice cream.

How long to bake cookies at 325?

When it comes to baking cookies, it’s possible to use a lower temperature, but that will increase the baking time. For instance, if you opt to bake your cookies at 325 degrees, be prepared to wait between 15 to 18 minutes before they are fully cooked.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this grapefruit sandwich cookies recipe is a perfect combination of sweet and tangy flavors. With its easy-to-follow instructions and customizable ingredient list, anyone can bake a batch of these delicious treats.

By substituting different types of grapefruit or adding your favorite preserves, the possibilities for variation are endless. Plus, with its make-ahead and storing tips, you can prepare for any last-minute entertaining or indulge in a sweet snack at any time of day.

Whether you’re an experienced baker or an enthusiastic novice, this recipe is sure to impress anyone who tries it. So don’t hesitate to embark on this culinary adventure and experience the taste of the best grapefruit sandwich cookies ever!

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Grapefruit Sandwich Cookies

Grapefruit Sandwich Cookies Recipe

Crisp citrus cookies with a bright creamy filling
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: < 60 Mins, Cookie and Brownie, Dessert
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 16 sandwich cookies
Calories: 288.2kcal


  • 1 ruby red grapefruit, zest of, grated
  • 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 unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed ruby red grapefruit juice


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • For filling, 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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Serving: 1130g | Calories: 288.2kcal | Carbohydrates: 43.3g | Protein: 2.2g | Fat: 12.2g | Saturated Fat: 7.5g | Cholesterol: 53.6mg | Sodium: 98.9mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 29g

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