12.03.2008

RUBY RED Grapefruit

Sandwich Cookies

I love Ruby Red Grapefruit! They are just so beautiful with their orangey-peach and deep red colours. They are so delicious and healthy for you too. Ruby Grapefruits are packed with a whole bunch of good stuff, you should read up on the educational specifics HERE. Although you can find Ruby Reds in your grocery store year round, I am sure they are best while in season which is Winter to early Spring. I try to eat one for breakfast as often as I can, I think it gets your metabolism going in the morning. :)

Well, I found this recipe somewhere here in Blogoland and printed it out but, now I don't know where I got the recipe from and when I went to go look again, I found a whole bunch of blogs with the same recipe. So, thanks to whoever started the buzz on Ruby Grapefruit Sandwich cookies. ;)

I have been wanting to make these for a while and finely one night, I had the opportunity and inspiration. They turned out really good. The cookies seemed a bit thick and when you bit into them, some of the frosting squished out. But if I made them any thinner, the dough would have torn easier when I was trying to bake them. What are ya gonna do?

People who tried them, liked them very much and said they could taste the ever so faint flavors. I think when I have time I will make a dough batch, cut the cookies out and then freeze them raw. That way, when I want a quick cookie batch I can just take them out of the freezer, bake them, and whip up some frosting. Freezing cookie dough is a great idea especially with Christmas right around the corner.

COOKIE Ingredients:
Zest of 1 ruby grapefruit
1/4 cup freshly squeezed juice from ruby grapefruit
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup flour
3/4 cup cake flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter
2 large egg yolks
flour for rolling out cookies

FROSTING Ingredients:
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temp
1 1/2-2 cups powder sugar
1 tbs honey
3 tbs freshly squeezed juice from ruby grapefruit

-Preheat oven to 350F, line baking sheet with parchment paper
-In a small bowl, mix 1tbs of your sugar and the zest.
-In a medium bowl whisk both flours, baking powder and salt.
-In a large bowl, beat butter and remaining sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
-Add egg yolks
-Add sugar/zest mixture
-Add flour mixture in two batches, alternating with grapefruit juice and mix well.
-Put dough ball into a piece of plastic wrap and shape into a 1 inch think disk. wrap in plastic, and put in fridge for 30 minutes.

-On a lightly floured work surface, roll out a disk to 1/8 inch thick using a floured rolling pin.
-Cut out 2 inch rounds with a cookie cutter and you will get 15 complete cookies or use whatever shape cutter you want to use.

-Put on cookie sheet with parchment paper 1 inch apart.
-Bake rotating halfway thru baking time.
-Bake 15-20 minutes until lightly browned around edges.
-Place baked cookies on cooling wrack.
-Don't frost until completely cool.


FROSTING:
-Beat all frosting ingredients(above) until fluffy.

-add 1 drop yellow and 1-2 drops red liquid food colouring for a pink colour if you so desire.
-Spread about 1tbs frosting on a cookie and sandwich together with another cookie.
-Keep cookies in an airtight container in a cool place.


THE END!

5 comments:

Pinky said...

I completely agree about freezing cookie dough. With only two of us in the house, and one person not being big into sweets, it's a bit hazardous to bake a full batch of anything. And scaling down can be such a pain sometimes. So I often have ziplock bags full of cookie dough bits.
I've notice filled cookies are quite the thing lately. I'm planning on making some tomorrow! I'll keep these in mind.

LaundryBasketCase said...

These look great Ivy, altough must say I never was a fan of Grapefruit, you certainly have opened my eyes to them. And in a cookie... well I can definitely live with that!
x

Bunny said...

These are so cute! They look so delicate and soft! I love soft cookies! I've never had grapefruit cookies either but these looks so good! Where are your mini tarte tatins Ivy, I'm dieing too see them!!

Suzanne said...

wow! those sound good! I love ruby red gfruit juice, I never thought to put it in cookie form! Yum!

Warm Bunny said...

These look scrumptious!