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Pink Grapefruit Sandwich Cookies

You can bake the cookies and make the filling a day ahead.

  • Yield: Makes 15 sandwich cookies
Pink Grapefruit Sandwich Cookies

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, April 2006

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

Reviews (27)

  • nannyBBB 14 Apr, 2011

    The cookies are delicious - however, baking them 18-20 minutes will cause them to burn. Should the time have been 8-10 minutes instead? I followed the directions to the letter and had to remove the first pan at the 12 minute mark. The next pan was perfect at 9 minutes.

  • rock63roll64 27 Apr, 2010

    It was so funny watching Kristin do what "is not her thing" but she was a total good sport about it. As for contamination.....get real.!! If we only knew what goes on at he kitchens in the restasurants we eat at, we would not eat out at all. I will try these cookies. They look fairly easy to make. Thanks for the recipe!!!!

  • MarianthiKalaitzi 27 Apr, 2010

    if the frosting is too runny, put it in the freedge for about 30 mins. It should have the right consistency to pread it

  • kekstester 17 Feb, 2010

    I am proudly presenting <a href="http://www.kekstester.de/2010/01/pink-grapefruit-sandwich-cookies//">my version of these delicious cookies</a>. I am glad everything turned out well enough, I even managed to do the creme filling although never made on before! Everybody loved them!

  • GwenHex 24 Mar, 2009

    these were VERY time consuming and i'm STILL not done with them. i'm really hoping they'll turn out, but i sure won't do them again. it took me over an hour just to get the dough done and that's it. i let them cool in the refrigerator overnight and i still have yet to cut them and bake them and make the frosting. i do like the smell of grapefruit though. :) it must be nice for her to have the magic of time elapsed television to make her cookies in 5 minutes.

  • laurak 2 Feb, 2009

    I really loved these cookies, but I also hoped they would have more grapefruit flavor. I found the icing very sweet which also took away from the grapefruit flavor. With a few tweaks, I will definitely make these again!

  • Raspberry2 25 Jan, 2009

    Is it necessary to use the Cake Flour? I'm going to try them without since I don't have any, nor do I have corn starch to make my own. Has anyone made them using all-purpose flour for both amounts?

  • cardinallover 14 Jan, 2009

    I really enjoyed these but wish they had more grapefruit flavor. I think I will add more grated peel next time. The fillling amount should be cut in half because I had about half left after filling all of mine. I got about 38 cookies out of mine and they are almost gone. Will make again with a few changes. Yum!

  • HollyEZ 14 Jan, 2009

    These cookies are really good. I made them using the grapefruit tree in my back yard. I will definitely make these again.

  • betsyjane 8 Jan, 2009

    i made the cookies with my marsh grapefruits and they were wonderful. the grapefruit filling made more than i used so i am freezing it to see how that works out - i think the extra "cream" would be great on some cupcakes - i love this recipe and so did my husband, who is cookie pickie!

  • betsyjane 8 Jan, 2009

    i made the cookies with my marsh grapefruits and they were wonderful. the grapefruit filling made more than i used so i am freezing it to see how that works out - i think the extra "cream" would be great on some cupcakes - i love this recipe and so did my husband, who is cookie pickie!

  • betsyjane 7 Jan, 2009

    i have a marsh grapefruit tree and am going to use that - will let ya'll know how they turn out - (marsh grapefruit is a yellow one)

  • madeleine822 5 Jan, 2009

    hmmm.. well it is a tv show and they only had a certain amount of time for the segment. It would be kind of distracting and choppy if they were totally OCD and washing their hands every time they touched something...
    This cookie is good, but really sweet- I was hoping for a bit more bite from the grapefruit juice. I like rsvoboda 's suggestion of brushing a little of the extra grapefruit juice on the insides of the cookie before sandwiching them.

  • madeleine822 5 Jan, 2009

    hmmm.. well it is a tv show and they only had a certain amount of time for the segment. It would be kind of distracting and choppy if they were totally OCD and washing their hands every time they touched something...
    This cookie is good, but really sweet- I was hoping for a bit more bite from the grapefruit juice. I like rsvoboda 's suggestion of brushing a little of the extra grapefruit juice on the insides of the cookie before sandwiching them.

  • rogiebaby 5 Jan, 2009

    Everyone expects a certain cleanliness standard in the kitchen. But if you are that concerned about cross contamination, maybe you should just eat food that you prepared yourself, because no one knows what might have happened during preparation. This is especially true for people with allergies.

  • fishnlady 4 Jan, 2009

    Teaching the how to's of making this cookie are important but cleanliness is also a good thing to teach especially in the kitchen. If you are the only one going to eat them then fine but when you are going to share how about a little cleanliness.
    That said, it is only a show with the intent to teach the process of making the cookies. Thanks Martha for such a great site. I have enjoyed so many good recipes from your site.

  • cbarbara28 4 Jan, 2009

    Hello everyone, I bet these cookies would be great with the addition of cream cheese to the cookie batter...I have read some comments here and whomever said that if I believe her mom knew what was in there she wouldn't eat them, I completely agree, I will make these and not tell anyone what's in them till they taste them, I love different baked items, Thanks Martha............

  • granma20 4 Jan, 2009

    I'm glad I'm not the only one who takes exception to the many times in each cooking segment that either the guest or Martha cross contaminate the food they are preparing by touching their hairor licking their fingers-ugh--poor Joey-love him!

  • MsTee 4 Jan, 2009

    hah! bayarts, I had the same thought after the shoe handling and again after she moved the box she was standing on! I think any time I might make these cookies that will probably come to mind. I know if my Momma sees anything like this she would refuse to eat anything from that person's kitchen. ha ha

  • bayarts 4 Jan, 2009

    These cookies sound divine....but I sure wish that actress had washed her hands after taking her shoe off! :-(

  • kelaltieri 4 Jan, 2009

    omg .. ok, these cookies look delicious. but, how CUTE is kristin chenoweth?! she's so teeny!! :):)

  • EMJTAYLOR 9 Oct, 2008

    I just had these cookies at a party and they were a huge hit with everyone there! I came straight home to google the recipe and am thrilled to find it here! I am usually a chocolate finatic but this cookie is the best thing I've ever had!Shopgirl must have made them differently or maybe grapefruit just isn't her thing...

  • EMJTAYLOR 9 Oct, 2008

    I just had these cookies at a party and they were a huge hit with everyone there! I came straight home to google the recipe and am thrilled to find it here! I am usually a chocolate finatic but this cookie is the best thing I've ever had!Shopgirl must have made them differently or maybe grapefruit just isn't her thing...

  • EMJTAYLOR 9 Oct, 2008

    I just had these cookies at a party and they were a huge hit with everyone there! I came straight home to google the recipe and am thrilled to find it here! I am usually a chocolate finatic but this cookie is the best thing I've ever had!Shopgirl must have made them differently or maybe grapefruit just isn't her thing...

  • megakgold 21 Jul, 2008

    I made these cookies for a sweets party, and they were the first ones gone! Everyone loved them. That said, I might roll them a little thinner and just ice them rather than making them a sandwich cookie, since the icing didn't really stay in the cookie when bitten into- it squished out the sides- which I found a little messy.

  • rsvoboda 11 May, 2008

    I made these and took to a recipe exchange party. Everyone LOVED them! I had diffuculty with the dough and rolled out small balls that I flattened with a glass. I also used 2 grapefruits and brushed the insides (bottom ) of the cookies before I sandwiched them. These are fresh and clean, perfect for summer. This is my new signature recipe!

  • shopgirl06 3 May, 2008

    I saw the show with Martha Stewart and I was so excited to make this cookie, but it was a BIG disappointment!!!!!! Very time consuming, it did not taste good and will be throwing out rest of dough and icing. Sorry Martha, not a hit with my husband and myself. Do not recommend this cookie.

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