Pink Grapefruit Sandies

Choose fresh grapefruit labeled pink or red, such as Texas red for these delightfully sweet-tart cookies.

close-up of Pink Grapefruit Sandies cookies
Photo: Carson Downing
Prep Time:
30 mins
Chill Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
46 cookies


  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • 2 ½ cup powdered sugar

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ cup slivered almonds, toasted and finely chopped

  • 1 teaspoon grapefruit zest

  • 3 - 4 tablespoon pink grapefruit juice

  • Red or pink food coloring (optional)

  • Coarse decorating sugar or pink sprinkles


  1. In a large bowl beat butter with a mixer on medium 30 seconds. Add 1/2 cup of the powdered sugar. Beat until combined, scraping bowl as needed. Beat in water and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour. Stir in almonds and grapefruit zest. Cover and chill 30 to 60 minutes or until firm enough to shape.

  2. Preheat oven to 325°F. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake about 15 minutes or until bottoms are light brown. Remove; cool on wire racks.

  3. In a medium bowl stir together the remaining 2 cups powdered sugar and enough grapefruit juice to make drizzling consistency. If desired, tint lightly with food coloring. Dip balls in icing, allowing excess to drip back into bowl. Place on waxed paper. Top with coarse sugar before icing sets. Repeat with remaining balls. Let stand until set.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

104 Calories
6g Fat
12g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 46
Calories 104
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 32mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 0.4mg 2%
Calcium 12mg 1%
Iron 0.4mg 2%
Potassium 35mg 1%
Folate, total 11.8mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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