My mother originally made these in her culinary arts class in high school in 1975 and they were made with lemon. I love the lemon but I wanted to make these and realized I didn't have any lemons so I used what I did have, grapefruit. They turned out wonderful! I bet they would be good made with oranges too. The glaze is different from your regular iced cookie with the granulated sugar giving a nice texture on top. Yummy!

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Ingredients

30
Original recipe yields 30 servings
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Whisk flour, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl.

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  • Mix 1 1/2 teaspoon of grapefruit juice into milk in a small bowl, and set aside for about 5 minutes. In a large bowl, mash the butter with 3/4 cup of sugar until creamy and well combined, and beat in the egg and grapefruit zest until thoroughly combined. Beat the milk into the butter mixture about 2 tablespoons at a time, alternating with the flour mixture, until the dough is smooth. Drop by teaspoons onto ungreased baking sheets, about 2 inches apart.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until set and very lightly browned, 12 to 14 minutes. Cool on racks.

  • Make glaze by mixing 3/4 cup sugar with 1/4 cup grapefruit juice. Brush glaze onto cooled cookies; let stand until glaze is set.

Nutrition Facts

97.7 calories; protein 1.1g 2% DV; carbohydrates 16g 5% DV; fat 3.4g 5% DV; cholesterol 14.7mg 5% DV; sodium 65.9mg 3% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
04/11/2011
5 Stars from me! These are wonderful. My brother was thinking about cutting down his grapefruit tree but these cookies will change his mind. I upped the flour to 2 cups and they turned out perfect. By the way I also graduated high school in 1975 and lemon tea cookies were big then but these are great. Thanks. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
02/25/2013
Wanted to try something with grapefruit but this recipe didn't work out. I used 2 cups of flour but the dough was still too soft for cookies so I added some chopped nuts and thought I would try making bars. The pan was too small so it turned out like cake. Right out of the oven it was okay (the glaze I threw out after mixing it and tasting it)but the next morning the "cake" was heavy and dried out. Read More
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15 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
04/11/2011
5 Stars from me! These are wonderful. My brother was thinking about cutting down his grapefruit tree but these cookies will change his mind. I upped the flour to 2 cups and they turned out perfect. By the way I also graduated high school in 1975 and lemon tea cookies were big then but these are great. Thanks. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/04/2011
These were delicious! I had to bake them at 325 because my oven runs hotter than normal but great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/03/2012
Really good and easy cake-like cookies. I used a red grapefruit and doubled the zest and added a touch more juice because it's so mild. They came out perfectly. Delicious! I'm going to try them with Lemon for Mother's Day.:0) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/30/2011
The glaze makes these taste great! I made them with lemon juice instead and they tasted like lemonade sponges. But they are a soft cakey cookie not really my 'cup-o-tea' Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
02/25/2013
Wanted to try something with grapefruit but this recipe didn't work out. I used 2 cups of flour but the dough was still too soft for cookies so I added some chopped nuts and thought I would try making bars. The pan was too small so it turned out like cake. Right out of the oven it was okay (the glaze I threw out after mixing it and tasting it)but the next morning the "cake" was heavy and dried out. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/04/2018
Really good taste. Used 2 cups of flour as other reviewers suggested. Used approximately 3/4 T grapefruit juice in cookies. Mixed grapefruit zest into sugar and let sit a bit before mixing sugar with butter in cookies. Used powdered sugar grapefruit juice and grapefruit zest in glaze. Easy and excellent. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/26/2012
I made these cookies for a Downton Abbey tea party and my friends went crazy for them! I added more grapefruit zest than called for. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
12/24/2016
These taste good. I don't like the texture of the icing in the future I'll use powdered sugar instead of white. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2015
Really good! I mixed some powdered sugar with the granulated sugar to make the glaze a little thicker. Read More