Bonus Post: Pink Grapefruit Whoopie Pies

Whether you’re baking for a lovebird or a lonely heart this Friday, these Pink Grapefruit Whoopie Pies — sweet and tart — are perfect for Valentine’s Day!photo-99


For the Cookies

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • Zest of 1 pink grapefruit
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup fresh pink grapefruit juice
  • 3 drops red food coloring

For the Filling

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
 Zest of 1 pink grapefruit
3/4 cup fresh pink grapefruit juice


For the Cookies:

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Lightly grease (or line with parchment) baking sheets.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, baking powder, and zest; set aside.
  • In a small bowl, combine milk, grapefruit juice, and vanilla; set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the butter/sugar/egg mixture, alternating with the wet ingredients, beginning and ending with the flour.
  • Gently mix in food coloring.


  • Drop 2-3 tablespoons of dough onto the prepared baking sheets. (Leave 2 to 2 1/2 inches between each cookie if using traditional cookie sheet.


Bake the cookies for 9-11 minutes. Cool on the pan for 5 minutes; transfer to a rack to cool completely.


For the Filling:

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter, powdered sugar, and grapefruit zest on medium speed.
  • Add grapefruit juice, increase speed to medium high, and beat until light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes.

Putting It Together:

  • Pipe filling onto bottom of one cookie, top with a second cookie, and gently press together to form a sandwich.
  • Roll in sprinkles, if desired.


This recipe yields 15 whoopie pies.


4 responses

  1. The pink grapefruit whoopie pie sounds delicious and a nice change from the chocolate/cream filling variety. Hope to try one. :-)

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