Grapefruit Meltaways

by Shawnda on January 21, 2011

in Citrus,Cookies and Bars,Grapefruit

Grapefruit Meltaways

There might be no better way to cure the winter blahs than with a big bag of winter citrus. Our citrus trees are still very young but we hope to get plenty of fruit from them this year. Until then, I’m relying on low prices at the grocery store and my mom. She brought over a bag of grapefruits that she inherited from a co-worker. Big, juicy, backyard Texas grapefruits.

Grapefruit Meltaway Cookies

I love grapefruits. Sprinkled with sugar and broiled, they’re breakfast. Segmented and tossed with red onion, arugula, and olive oil, they’re lunch. Baked into buttery, citrusy cookies that melt in your mouth, they’re dessert. And breakfast :)

Grapefruit Meltaways

Buttery, citrusy cookies that melt in your mouth.


  • 3/4 cup (12 Tbsp) butter, room temp
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, divided
  • 1 Tbsp grapefruit zest
  • 2 Tbsp grapefruit juice
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp flour
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  1. Beat butter and 1/3 cup powdered sugar on medium, until pale and fluffy. Add zest, juice, and vanilla, and mix until fluffy.
  2. Add flour, cornstarch, and salt to the butter mixture, and mix on low speed until just combined.
  3. Divide dough in half. Place each half on a sheet of parchment paper and roll into logs that are 1 1/4 inches in diameter. Refrigerate until cold and firm, at least 1 hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove dough from parchment and cut into 1/3-inch-thick rounds. Place on lined baking sheets 1/2-inch apart. Bake cookies until barely golden, about 12 minutes.
  5. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool slightly, 8 to 10 minutes. While still warm, toss cookies with remaining 2/3 cup sugar in a resealable plastic bag (or use less powdered sugar by sifting it over the top of the cookies). Store in airtight containers at room temperature up to 2 weeks.


Yields: ~3 dozen

Adapted from Martha Stewart Cookies

Estimated time: 1 hour 30 minutes

If you like grapefruit or meltaway cookies, you might also like these recipes:
Texas Grapefruit Yogurt Cake
Chocolate-covered Candied Grapefruit (Use Real Butter)
Lime Meltaways (Two Peas and Their Pod)
Tangerine Meltaways (Technicolor Kitchen)
More Lime Meltaways (The Way the Cookie Crumbles)

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