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Pink Grapefruit Sandwich Cookies

My mother-in-law loves grapefruits. For years, she has been growing them and sending us home with TONS of grapefruits. At first, I didn’t like grapefruit. I never ate them when I was younger, but my honey lived off of them.

So, I started eating them. They defiantly had a different flavor than I am used to, but I love them! :) I like how you can taste the sweetness and bitterness. It is like a happy marriage between the two. :)

So, I started a mission. I will combine my oven and grapefruit into a new creation.

With all of my fruits, I tried to bake them into their own creation.

I have seen lemons made into cookies, brownies, candy, and everything in between. You see blueberries into cinnamon rolls, muffins, pancakes, and cookies. Apples, you instantly think of apple pies, apple fritters, cinnamon rolls, and apple glaze.

But, when you think of grapefruits…does anything come to mind?……

Don’t feel bad, I thought the same thing. I couldn’t think of anything to make them into. So, while my grapefruits hung out in the fridge, I was looking at my Pinterest, and to my amazement a recipe showed up.

It was from one of my favorite people I follow, Brown Eyed Baker.

So, I ran to the kitchen and started making my own twist on it.

So, from my kitchen to yours…

Pink Grapefruit Sandwich Cookies

(recipe adapted by: http://www.browneyedbaker.com/2013/01/21/pink-grapefruit-sandwich-cookies/)

Pink Grapefruit Cookies:

2 1/4 cups wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
Zest of 1 pink grapefruit- (as much as you prefer)
1 stick of unsalted butter, at room temperature (1/2 cup)
2 egg yolks
1/4- 1/2 cup pink grapefruit juice (freshly squeezed)

1. In a mixing bowl, pour the zest and grapefruit juice into bowl. Then, add butter and egg yolks, sugar, salt, baking powder,and mix on medium speed. Once the ingredients become smooth, add flour. Mix until the mixture becomes a dough like state. Once it starts to remove from the sides, turn mixer off and place dough on a lightly floured area.

2. Roll out dough to a few times and wrap the cookies with plastic wrap. Place in fridge for 30 minutes.

3. Once 3o minutes have passed, lightly flour workable area and unwrap cookie dough and place on area. Roll out until you get dough to a 1/8 in thickness. (You can always eye it, it does not have to be exact.)

4. Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare your cookie sheet, by placing cookie baking sheets on top.

5. Once oven and cookie sheets are ready, get a 2 in cutter (the top of a shot glass, or you can use your own cookie cutters-it will change cooking time) and press into dough forming cookies. Placed shaped cookies onto cookie sheets, and repeat until all cookies have been formed. (You will have to regroup the dough and roll it out again.)

6. When all the cookies have been formed, place cookies into the oven and cook for 12-14 minutes. (The middles will still be soft-NOT DOUGHY, but you are looking for a lightly brown outer edge. You don’t want to burn them.)

7.  Once the cookies have been cooked, place ovens on oven and let rest for a minute. Now, transfer to cooling racks and let them rest. They have to get ready to be formed into sandwiches.

So, while the cookies are getting to know themselves, in their new form, let us make the icing.

Cream Filling

1 stick of unsalted butter, at room temperature (1/2 cup)
2¾ cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons pink grapefruit zest
1/4 cup of pink grapefruit juice (freshly squeezed!!!!!!!)

1. In mixing bowl, place butter and sugars together. Mix on medium speed, until mixture is creamy. Then, pour juice and zest. Mix on medium speed. Now, be prepared, grapefruits have a kick and these cookies will have that kick of flavor. Place the icing in fridge for 30 minutes.

Now, let us make the sandwiches. My stomach is growling! :)

Once the cookies have cooled and the filling has chilled, remove the filling from the fridge, and place it by the cookies. Grab one cookie at a time and get a spoonful of icing and place it in the middle of the cookie (the inside of the cookie) then place another cookie on top and lightly press them together. Repeat until all the cookies and icing has formed cookies.

For best results, let the sandwiches in the fridge for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Believe me. It will be worth it. :)

These cookies are also perfect to freeze and then place in the fridge when ready. The flavors are amazing and the grapefruit finally got their baking love. :)

Enjoy!

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