Grapefruit Meltaways

I am a sucker for grapefruit.  It would be better if I didn’t take Lipitor because Lipitor doesn’t play well with some of the components in Grapefruit, but if I’m careful I get away with a few splurges each year.
These are absolutely yummy.

Grapefruit Meltaways



  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp grapefruit zest
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk


  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 5 tbsp fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 tsp grapefruit zest


1.  For the Cookies: preheat the oven to 350°.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

2.  In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt.  Stir in the zest.  Set aside.

3.  Beat the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer until creamy.  Add the sugars.  Beat until light and fluffy.

4.  Beat in the extracts.  Beat in the yolk.  Beat in the egg.  Stop the mixer, scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl.  Beat until well blended.

5.  Add the flour mixture to the bowl.  Beat on low until the dry ingredients are just incorporated.

6.  Scoop tablespoonfuls of the dough onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving about 1″ of space between each.

7.  Bake for 5-7 minutes or until the tops are no longer shiny.  Transfer the cookies immediately to racks to cool.

8.  For the Icing: combine the powdered sugar and juice in a medium bowl.  Whisk until smooth.  Whisk in the zest.

9.  Dip the tops of the cookies in the icing, letting any excess drip off.  Set right-side up on the rack.  Allow the icing to set.  Serve!


2 thoughts on “Grapefruit Meltaways

  1. Yum. Will try your recipe – I love grapefruit! At work we serve a finicky bite of cured salmon with grapefruit – so good! Personally, I like grapefruit water – keep a pitcher of water in my fridge with sliced grapefruit – so refreshing. 🙂


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