Saturday, March 11, 2006

Martha's Grapefruit Cookies

I tried Martha's grapefruit cookies for Lane's birthday. They tasted good and very grapefruity to me, but Aaron and Lemon.nut thought they were lemony (duh!) They even went as far as claiming that we, Turks, may be calling lemon as grapefruit, funny kids:) To my surprise, I found this article, I guess they weren't the only ones complaining about the flavor. Apparently, I baked some odd cookies:)

Still, it is well worth trying for something different, you can use orange or lime but not lemon and it sure won't taste lemony!

Grapefruit Sandwich Cookies

Grated zest of 1 ruby red grapefruit, plus 1/4 cup of its juice
1 cup sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup cake flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 large egg yolks

Preheat the oven tp 350 F.
1) In a small bowl combine the grapefruit zest with one tablespoon sugar and set aside.
2) Whisk together the dry ingredients, both flours, baking powder and salt and set aside
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment beat the butter and the remaining sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy about 2 minutes.
3) Add the egg yolks and beat until combined.
4) Beat in the zest mixture.
5) Add the flour mixture in two batches, alternating with the grapefruit juice.
6) Shape the dough in a disc and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
7) Roll out the disc to 1/8 inch thick and using a cookie cutter, cut out rounds, or stars- up to you.
8) Bake the cookies until the edges are golden, 15-18 minutes.
9) Let the cookies cool before sandwiching them with the filling.

Grapefruit Filling
1 stick butter
2 cups powder sugar
1 tablespoon honey
3 tablespoons ruby red grapefruit juice
1 tablespoon ruby red grapefruit pulp

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat all the ingredients and spread over the cookies.

Dust the cookies with powdered sugar and enjoy! More pics on Flickr!

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