Pink Grapefruit Sugar Cookies with Pink Grapefruit Buttercream

Buttercream frosting is good. I’m famous for taking way too many taste tests before the poor buttercream gets to the cookie or the cake. But this pink grapefruit buttercream? On top of pink grapefruit sugar cookies it is absolutely amazing.

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It’s the first week of June and the start of my favorite season–summer. June brides, wedding showers and baby showers seem to fill the summer.

These cookies would be perfect for a bridal or baby shower. The sugar cookies are soft with a hint of pink grapefruit while the buttercream frosting has a rich buttery flavor and bits of pink grapefruit zest inside. It’s also one of my favorite sugar cookie doughs because I can cook it up right after mixing it, or fridge it for an hour and roll it out and cut it into shapes. It’s a very adaptable dough.

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Pink Grapefruit Sugar Cookies with Pink Grapefruit Buttercream


    For the Cookie:
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp grapefruit zest
  • 2 tsp grapefruit juice
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 3/4 cup unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • For the Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup grapefruit juice
  • 2 tbsp mild honey, preferably clover (for a tarter grapefruit taste, use 1 tbsp honey, 1 tbsp grapefruit juice)
  • 4-5 cups powdered sugar


  1. To Make the Cookies:
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a cookie sheet and set aside.
  3. In a bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, grapefruit zest and grapefruit juice on medium speed until light and fluffy. Turn mixer to low and pour in the eggs, mixing until blended. Stop and scrape the bowl if necessary.
  4. Add in the flour, baking powder and salt, continuing to mix until blended.
  5. To bake, drop the dough by rounded tablespoons onto a greased cookie sheet. Note, you can also fridge the dough for one hour and then roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thickness and then cut the dough into shapes with a cookie cutter.
  6. Place dough onto a lightly greased cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes, until cookies are lightly browned around the edges. Remove from oven and allow cookies to sit for several minutes on the baking sheet. Move the cookies to a cooling rack to frost once cooled.
  7. To Make the Frosting:
  8. Beat softened butter until light and fluffy. Add grapefruit juice and honey and incorporate well. Add powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time until desired consistency is reached. Spread onto cookies.

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  1. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says:

    I never would have thought to make grapefruit cookies!! I bet they are fabulous! Thanks so much for linking up to Freedom Fridays – pinned and scheduled to share on Fb! 🙂

  2. That buttercream frosting sounds amazing! Thanks for linking up to The Creative Exchange! xo, Laura

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