Grapefruit Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

From Kitchn


  • 2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature for 1 hour
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • freshly grated zest of one grapefruit
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Beat butter, cream cheese and sugar together in a large bowl (Bowl 1) until light and fluffy. I used a hand mixer for this.
  2. Add egg, vanilla extract and grapefruit zest.
  3. In a separate bowl (Bowl 2) mix together flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually add to Bowl 1.
  4. Divide dough into 2 balls and roll each ball until between 1/8 and 1/4 inch thick on a sheet of parchment paper. Refrigerate the rolled out dough for at least an hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  6. Cut out cookies to desired shapes and bake for 8-12 minutes.
  7. Let cookies cool before decorating or enjoy as-is.

This is a slight adaptation of the recipe on Kitchn. I didn’t have any almond extract and used grapefruit zest instead of lemon because I was trying to get some use out of all the grapefruit peels we have. Tomoko says they’re the best cookies she’s ever had.

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