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Have you ever had those round, sugared Sunkist Fruit Gems? They also sometimes carry a similar, and equally delicious version of this confection at Trader Joes. They come in green, orange, red, yellow, and white. The opaque white ones are grapefruit and they’re the absolute best ones in the bunch. And, as always happens with your favorite flavor of just about anything, there are always fewer of them than anything else in the mix. Why is that exactly? Regardless, my first sampling of this grapefruit-infused sugar cookie dough reminded me distinctly of those candies – except there was butter and flour involved. Holy moly.
I’ve been eating a lot of grapefruit lately. They’ve been in season and on-sale, looking plump and ripe and fresh. I just bought another bulk bag of them yesterday and decided instead of simply eating them with a little sugar and a spoon (or honey with yogurt and granola), it was time to make something with them. As you can see, I had a little helper, too.
I chose these cookies because I wanted something that really makes the grapefruit flavor shine. These cookies have both grapefruit zest and juice in the dough and in the frosting, too. Can’t get much more grapfruity than that. Grapefruity should totally be a word, by the way. Since the frosting is pink, I chose my darling little heart cookie cutter (which I picked up at Target for 99 cents when I was out of town last week) and made these delightful little Valentine’s-Day-appropriate morsels. My kids love them (even the ones who don’t like to eat grapefruit). They’re buttery – a little crisp, a little chewy – with a fresh, tangy sweetness throughout.