Ruby Red Grapefruit Shortbread Cookies

Texas red grapefruit are a winter treat that deserves more than a place on your breakfast table. Sweet, delicate shortbread is the perfect cookie for letting the flavor of its zest and juice shine through.

Ruby Red Grapefruit Shortbread Cookies and slices of grapefruit
Photo: Brie Passano
Prep Time:
20 mins
Bake Time:
18 mins
Total Time:
38 mins
22 cookies


  • 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • 3 tablespoon granulated sugar

  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ cup butter

  • 1 tablespoon ruby red grapefruit zest

  • 2 teaspoon ruby red grapefruit juice

  • ½ teaspoon pink sanding sugar

  • ½ cup powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. In a medium bowl stir together flour, granulated sugar, ginger, and cinnamon. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter and grapefruit zest until mixture resembles fine crumbs and starts to cling. Form the mixture into a ball and knead gently until smooth.

  2. Roll dough to a 5 1/2-inch log. If necessary, wrap in plastic wrap and chill about 30 minutes or until firm enough to. Cut log into 1/2-inch slices. Cut each slice in half crosswise to make a half-moon shape. Place 1 inch apart on a ungreased cookie sheets. Prick cookies with a fork to make a segment pattern.

  3. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until bottoms just start to brown and centers are set. Remove; cool on a wire rack.

  4. In a small bowl stir together grapefruit juice and sanding sugar. Stir in powdered sugar until smooth. Spread icing on curved edges of cooled cookies. If desired, sprinkle with additional pink sanding sugar. Let stand until set.

To Store

Transfer cookies to an airtight container; cover. Store in the refrigerator up to 1 week or freeze up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

81 Calories
4g Fat
10g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 22
Calories 81
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 33mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 0.6mg 3%
Calcium 3mg 0%
Iron 0.3mg 2%
Potassium 11mg 0%
Folate, total 13.3mcg

*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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