Remember that stick of butter and cup of cream I didn't use in the soup yesterday? Well, don't worry folks, they both found a home and it was worth it, for these tasty desserts. This month's cookie for Cookie Carnival is Pink Grapefruit Sandwich Cookies. When I saw this recipe I immediately thought of a delicious mousse that I made last fall, from Everyday with Rachael Ray Magazine. I decided to go all out and pair these two grapefruity desserts together.
The cookies were like a basic sugar cookie with a citrusy zest flavor and a tangy frosting. I couldn't really detect an exact grapefruit flavor, it was more of a citrus taste. No one really cared what citrus flavor it was, they just ate these up! The mousse is tart and a bit surprising, not too sweet, and I think that is why I like it so much. I am a big fan of grapefruit, so that might be another reason why I liked both of these treats. If you are looking for a couple fun, citrusy desserts, give these a whirl!
Pink Grapefruit Sandwich Cookies from Martha Stewart
You can bake the cookies and make the filling a day ahead
Ingredients for cookies
Makes 15 sandwich cookies.
* Grated zest of 1 Ruby Red grapefruit, plus 1/4 cup freshly squeezed juice
* 1 cup sugar
* 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
* 3/4 cup cake flour (not self-rising)
* 1 teaspoon baking powder
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
* 2 large egg yolks
* Pink Grapefruit Cream Filling
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. In a small bowl, combine zest with 1 tablespoon sugar; set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together both flours, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and remaining sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Add egg yolks, and beat until combined, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Beat in reserved zest-sugar mixture. Add flour mixture in two batches, alternating with the juice, and beat to combine.
3. Turn out dough onto a piece of plastic wrap, and shape into a 1-inch-thick disk. Wrap in plastic, and refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.
4. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out disk to 1/8 inch thick using a lightly floured rolling pin. Using a lightly floured 2-inch round cookie cutter, cut out rounds and place about 1 inch apart on prepared sheet. Bake, rotating sheet halfway through, until edges are golden, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer sheet to a wire rack to cool 5 minutes. Transfer parchment paper and cookies to rack to cool completely.
5. Using an offset spatula, spread 1 tablespoon filling onto flat sides of half the cookies. Sandwich with remaining cookies, keeping flat sides down. Once filled, cookies can be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Makes enough to fill 15 sandwich cookies.
* 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
* 2 cups confectioners' sugar
* 1 tablespoon honey
* 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed Ruby Red grapefruit juice
1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Beat in honey. Add juice, 1 tablespoon at a time, until filling holds together and is smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl, cover, and set aside until ready to use.
Four 4-inch strips peel and juice of 1 grapefruit
6 tablespoons sugar
2 large egg yolks
1 cup marshmallow cream
1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon honey