Maureen: Santa's going to skip this plate of cookies - nothing special here.
Jen B: Double this recipe - my coworkers ate these all within an hour. And zest both grapefruits and use it all!
Erin G: Delicious shortbread recipe, especially with the added brightness of the grapefruit zest. Glaze is totally unnecessary and doesn't add much except extra sweetness.
Suzzanne: I was charmed by these pink Christmas cookies. I am planning a tea party with my toddler granddaughters who will love the citrusy, buttery crunch of the pink angels.
Deb in Oklahoma: While this is basically a butter cookie recipe (and there are better versions of sugar/butter cookie recipes out there), I won’t make this one again. However, the grapefruit juice glaze is what made the cookie work--my office almost ate the entire three dozen before lunch, all because of the glaze.
Chris B: I don't like grapefruit so I made it using lemon and it was delicious. Very tasty with a nice texture and fantastic (lemon) flavor. I'm sure they are good for people who like grapefruit too!
Lyn: The tart and sweet work well together, and it makes a very pretty cookie!
Julie L: The only substitutions I made were the shape of the cookie-cutter and the type of sugar sprinkled on top. My students pronounced them "Delicious! Can you make more for tomorrow?"
Ann: More of a butter cookie than a shortbread, because if its any thinner that the’ bigger than 1/4 inch thickness detail’- they all melt together- since the dough is not chilled. Totally bored by the end of the 2nd grapefruit zesting – would rather eat them halved, broiled with honey and rosemary sea salt, and the glaze is too confectioner sugary.
Sue E: Hint of grapefruit. Not a winter holiday cookie for the midwest.
Soosi: Pink grapefruit zest just doesn't have the same zing as other citrus; the shortbread is mildly flavored and the icing overpowers with sweet and no tart. It is a Pretty in Pink cookie that makes me think 'January' more than December.
Emily R.: Grapefruity, but not excessively so, this is a delicious cookie. Pay attention to rolling the dough out to 1/4 inch thick to ensure that the cookies look just as lovely as the picture -- oh yeah, and don't get two 7 year old boys to help cutting them out.
Judi: A very versatile recipe, think baby, wedding showers, other holidays etc by tinting the glaze different colors. Turns out a fine shortbread cookie that friends said was "yummy", "delicious" and "best cookie I have had in years " and goes really well with Makers Mark.
Brian Z.: An OK shortbread. Added some orange zest to the icing to get a little more citrus flavor, since the grapefruit wasn't coming through.
Mary Beth: Despite the influences of baking with friends and spiked eggnog and the subsequent addition of an extra cup of sugar and 5 minutes of baking time, these cookies were fabulous. The extra tang of grapefruit balanced the sweetness of the cookie (though that could be the extra sugar talking) and was a great way to use up extra citrus, which this Californian is always looking to do.
Ludovic: Pretty standard shortbread cookie. Good, not great (grapefruit added a bit of a bitter flavor)