Grapefruit

Chewy Grapefruit Sugar Cookies

by Shawnda on December 20, 2014

in Citrus,Cookies and Bars,Grapefruit

Chewy Grapefruit Sugar Cookies

I’d like to introduce you to some of the best Christmas cookies I’ve ever made.

And there’s nothing about this cookie really screams “Christmas,” except I first made them for the cookie exchange I attend every year. And it’s December and the start of the beautiful winter citrus season. And these cookies make my house smell really, really amazing and they make me really, really happy. Like Christmas morning.

And to think, this recipe started with one of my least favorite cookies ever: the sugar cookie.

Chewy Grapefruit Sugar Cookies

I hate the way sugar cookies smell fresh out of the oven. They smell like… well, they smell like eggs. Hot eggs. [gag]

These cookies, though? With a triple-punch of grapefruit, they are completely incapable of smelling anything but amazing.

Grapefruit Sugar

These perfectly chewy cookies are crispy along the outside edge and chewy in the center. The dough is infused with grapefruit sugar and a grapefruit juice reduction and then they are rolled in more grapefruit sugar.

Chewy Grapefruit Sugar Cookies

Have a safe and Merry Christmas! We’ll see you back here next week with some great appetizer and cocktail ideas for New Year’s Eve.

Chewy Grapefruit Sugar Cookies

Ingredients

  • 3 cups + 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 grapefruit*
  • 1 1/4 cup butter, slightly softened
  • 2 eggs
  • *Choose grapefruit that have skin with pretty red-orange blush. You will use the zest from all 3 grapefruit and the juice from 1/2 grapefruit. Might I recommend juicing the remainder of the grapefruit for grapefruit margaritas?

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 and line 2 large baking sheets with parchment.
  2. Whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl and set aside.
  3. Zest the 3 grapefruit and add it to your mixer bowl with the sugar. Using your mixer, a spoon, or your fingers (your hands will smell awesome for hours!), really work the zest into the sugar for a couple of minutes - this releases the oils and flavors the sugar. I put the mixer on medium and let it do the work while I'm gathering the other ingredients.
  4. Remove 1/2 cup of the grapefruit sugar and place onto a a small shallow dish - you'll use this to coat the sugar cookie balls before baking.
  5. Add the butter to the remaining sugar and cream for 3-4 minutes until light and fluffy.
  6. Juice 1/2 of the grapefruit - you'll end up with ~1/3 cup juice. Put the juice into a small sauce pan over high heat and reduce to 1 Tbsp of liquid. Remove from heat and swirl for a minute or two to bring closer to room temperature.
  7. Add the grapefruit reduction to the butter mixture and mix.
  8. Scrape down the bowl and add the two eggs until well blended.
  9. Add the dry ingredients and mix for 30-60 seconds on medium-high.
  10. Scoop the dough into balls and drop into the reserved grapefruit sugar, rolling and tapping off any excess.
  11. Place 8 cookies on each lined baking sheet and refrigerate the dough balls for 15 minutes. (I actually scoop it all at once, onto two plastic wrap-covered plates to get it over with).
  12. Bake for 10 minutes - the edges should be light brown and the centers will look pale and barely set - this is perfect.
  13. Leave the cookies on the pan to cool for 5 minutes and then transfer to a rack to cool completely.
  14. Store cookies in zipper bags for... I don't know. 5-7 days? They just never last that long around here.

Notes

Yields: 3 1/2 dozen cookies

Adapted from AllRecipes

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Grapefruit Mimosas

by Shawnda on March 20, 2014

in Beverages,Breakfast,Grapefruit

Grapefruit Mimosa

A couple of weekends ago, we were crouched over a “Boss” burger and a bowl of Kerbey Queso when the server dropped off a frosty carafe full of a perfect pink drink at the table next to us.

I contained my squeal but my “OHMYGODINEEDTHATRIGHTNOW” face was met with a silent, disapproving head-shake.

After like 10 years, we now mostly communicate with a series of eyebrow movements, squinty faces, and throat clicks.

Grapefruit Mimosa

One of us had a big mountain bike race the next day and had no interest in consuming anything that wasn’t water. Or a gigantic bowl of queso. And that meant the other would be responsible for drinking an entire carafe of grapefruit mimosa. (A challenge that one of us would have nooooo problem attacking.)

But one of us decided to be an adult about things. And then that one of us changed her mind and crushed an entire carafe of Grapefruit Mimosas on a school night. Because one of us probably will never grow up. And one of us is okay with that.

They’re delicious and dangerous. So pretty much everything you want need deserve in a drink that’s acceptable to pound before noon.

Grapefruit Mimosas

Pretty pink mimosas made with prosecco and Texas grapefruit.

Ingredients

  • 1 750ml bottle of Prosecco, chilled
  • 3-3.5 cups of fresh grapefruit juice (~4 very large), chilled
  • Sweetener or simple syrup (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add the chilled Prosecco and grapefruit juice in a large pitcher (one that can handle 8 cups of liquid + a couple inches of Prosecco foam).
  2. Gently stir in your favorite sweetener to-taste, if desired (I added a couple of drops of liquid stevia per glass).

Notes

Yields: ~6 servings

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 10 minutes

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The Palauxma (a virgin Paloma)

It’s beginning to look a lot like… Cinco de Mayo! We are gearing up for our 2nd Annual Taquitos & Tequila pool party and I’m playing around with party menu ideas. And looking for every other excuse to whip up a new pool-side drink.

But I can’t decide which I dislike more to describe a drink lacking booze: Mocktail or Virgin. I guess if “virgin” makes me giggle, then that question probably answers itself, right?

So this is the Palauxma. It’s a faux Paloma.

The Palauxma is what a grapefruit margarita lover drinks on a school night. (Or when she’s out of tequila and running out for more would mean putting on real pants – and we all know that PJ pants are only acceptable in CVS after dark.)

(Sorry, Mom. That’s the ONLY reason there’s no tequila in this recipe.)

If you go to the right restaurant, the old waiter will light up briefly when you order it – because it’s just not a drink that people order – right before he goes all sadface on you to say that they don’t keep grapefruit soda behind the bar.

Instead of grapefruit soda, a simple – and much fresher – combo of grapefruit juice and club soda works even better. At home. Pants optional.

(And that 2-year old soda maker thingy collecting dust in the kitchen cabinet? Suddenly, its useful again.)

The Palauxma

Fresh grapefruit and lime juices are the star of this school-night version of the Paloma.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice (about 1 large)
  • 1/4 cup fresh-squeezed lime juice (~2 limes)
  • 4 drops liquid stevia (or simple syrup or your favorite sweetener, to taste)
  • 3/4 cup club soda
  • 2 small glasses of ice
  • Lime or grapefruit wedges, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Mix the grapefruit juice, lime juice, and the sweetener of your choice in a large glass or shaker.
  2. Divide club soda between two glasses of ice.
  3. Pour half of the grapefruit mixture into each of the glasses.
  4. Garnish with lime or grapefruit wedges, if using.

Notes

Yields: 2 servings

Slightly adapted from Annie's Eats

Estimated time: 10 minutes

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Pomelo Margarita

Have you ever had pomelo? They’re cantaloupe-sized citrus that make a smooth margarita. You could probably eat them, too. But I wouldn’t know :)

Maybe you passed them over because your grocery store has them surrounded with signs that say they taste like grapefruit. Pomelo do taste a lot like grapefruit… if grapefruit were less bitter and sweeter. Think of them as Grapefruit Lite, the gateway fruit for grapefruit haters.

You probably won’t even need to sweeten the margarita. And don’t be fooled by the plus size look – the actual fruit inside is no larger than a normal grapefruit. While it might look like you could make an entire pitcher with just 1 pomelo, you can’t.

And that’s too bad.

Pomelo Margarita

Sweet pomelo and fresh lime juice make a fantastic cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 6 oz pumelo juice
  • 2 oz lime juice
  • 3 oz tequila
  • 2 oz orange liqueur
  • Salt, for rim (optional)
  • Simple syrup, to taste (optional)

Instructions

  1. Stir together all ingredients in a small pitcher.
  2. Run one of the lime halves around the outside of two glasses.
  3. Twist the glasses in salt, fill with crushed ice, and fill with margarita.

Notes

Yields: 2 drinks

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 10 minutes

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