Grapefruit “Black and White” Cookies

Grapefruit "Black and White" Cookies

“Black and White” cookie? “Half and Half” cookie? The original German name “Amerikaner” cookie? Whatever you call them, the one thing we can all agree on is these cookies are freaking delicious, amiright?! Its like a soft angel food cake and a buttery shortbread cookie had a delectably chewy baby. And the frosting. It should illegal how much frosting sits on top of (underneath?) this cookie. They really are one of the most perfect cookies ever. And this particular version is chock full of inspiration.

Grapefruit "Black and White" Cookies

When I was younger, my dad would take us to a deli in Southern California that literally had the biggest cookie display I’d ever seen. It was overwhelming really- the choices of cookies available. My line of sight, however, was always drawn to 2 cookies: a sugar cookie covered in pink frosting and sprinkles and the black and white cookie. Because a visit to this deli was only during vacation, we always managed to score 1 of each (they were ginormous!). To this day, those cookies remind me of vacationing with my dad.

So because it’s me, because it’s Spring and Easter, and thanks to my grapefruit-loving munchkin, my pillowy “black and white” cookies are not only full of grapefruity zest but covered in bright Springtime sprinkles too! I hope you enjoy! And Happy Easter!

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Grapefruit "Black and White" Cookies
This Easter Bunny-approved twist on the classic is given a splash of Springtime color and citrusy grapefruit zest for one incredible Spring treat.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Servings
cookies
Ingredients
Frosting
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Servings
cookies
Ingredients
Frosting
Instructions
Cookies
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. In a separate bowl, stir together buttermilk and vanilla. In a third large bowl, beat together butter and sugar with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add egg and grapefruit zest (reserve 1 tbsp for frosting), beating until well combined. Mix in flour mixture and buttermilk mixture alternately in batches at low speed (scraping down side of bowl occasionally), beginning and ending with flour mixture. Mix until smooth. Spoon 1 1/3 oz (2.5 tbsp) of batter about 2 inches apart onto a silpat lined baking sheet (or parchment lined sprayed with cooking spray). Bake in middle of oven until tops are puffed and pale golden, and cookies spring back when touched, 13 to 15 minutes. Transfer cookies to a rack and cool completely.
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Frosting
  1. Stir together confectioners sugar, corn syrup, grapefruit juice, vanilla, and 1 tablespoon grapefruit zest in a small bowl until smooth. Turn cookies flat side up. Spread white icing over half the cookie, cover with sprinkles, then ice other half.
    Grapefruit "Black and White" Cookies
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