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Grapefruit Pink Peppercorn Cookies

These Grapefruit Pink Peppercorn Cookies are the perfect marriage of sweet, tart, and spicy. Packed with grapefruit zest and juice and topped with crushed pink peppercorns, they’re one of the most unique cookies around!

Three grapefruit pink peppercorn cookies on a pink towel with "Grapefruit Pink Peppercorn Cookies" text at top

Remember when I told you I was going to put pink peppercorns on everything? Well, I’m doing it! Just in time for Valentine’s Day. OK, maybe not everything… but cookies, yes; ice cream, yes; cupcakes, yes; cocktails, yes; chicken? SURE. Why not?

I wrote about these Grapefruit Pink Peppercorn Cookies on Parade magazine’s website this week. And I learned an interesting tidbit in the process.


Well duh, Sues, pink peppercorns are um, peppercorns that are pink, right? Actually, the answer to that is a great big NOPE. They’re actually not related to black peppercorns at all and are instead, get this…. dried berries from the Peruvian peppertree. How cool and also mind-blowing is that?

I guess you can kind of see it when you take a close look at them. But man, aren’t they just so pretty?

Pink peppercorns being crushed with a mortar and pestle

But knowing that peppercorns are really berries actually makes my argument to put them on and in everything in life even more legit. Right?? I got mine from Amazon (affiliate link), but you can often find them at grocery stores, too.

But yes, I’m still pretty obsessed with pink peppercorn and while I’ve always been obsessed with grapefruit, I’ve been eating it by the ton lately. Mostly blended in my VitaMix with kale or spinach. Because after eating so many Peeps… My body is DESPERATE for vitamins.

So, I guess making cookies with fruit is kind of a happy medium? Just consider yourself lucky that there isn’t kale in these.


This recipe is a basic cookie recipe that involves fresh grapefruit juice and fresh grapefruit zest baked in. But make sure to note that the dough needs about 20 minutes to chill in your fridge before you form the cookies and bake them. The icing is simply confectioners’ sugar and grapefruit juice and then the crushed pink peppercorns are sprinkled on top.

Several grapefruit pink peppercorn cookies on a cooling rack with a half a grapefruit

Also, I swear I didn’t make these for Valentine’s Day… But they just fit the season so well. Next time I may have to make them heart-shaped.

Three grapefruit pink peppercorn cookies on a pink towel

The cookies are a little bit sweet and a little bit tart, with a kick of spicy. You know, kind of like how a relationship should be, right? Please just let me go with that little metaphor, OK?

A landscape photo of four grapefruit pink peppercorn cookies lined up on a pink towel with rack with more cookies, icing, and half a grapefruit in the background

I hope you’re having a lovely little hump day wherever you are! It snowed a ton in Boston (again!), which meant I worked from home. Usually a nice thing, but I was so busy that I spent about 15 hours straight on my couch barely getting up at all. Annnd now I’m going to get up off the couch and carry myself to bed. Ah, life.

I hope you’ll consider making these grapefruit pink peppercorn cookies for your loved one this Valentine’s Day. Or yourself. You deserve them more than anything else.

Are you cooking or baking anything good this week?

5 from 1 vote
Grapefruit Pink Peppercorn Cookies
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Dough Chilling Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

These Grapefruit Pink Peppercorn Cookies are the perfect marriage of sweet, tart, and spicy. Packed with grapefruit zest and juice and topped with crushed pink peppercorns, they're one of the most unique cookies around!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Eclectic
Keyword: cookies, grapefruit, peppercorms
Servings: 3 dozen cookies
Author: Sues
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp grapefruit zest
  • 3 Tbsp grapefruit juice
  • 1 batch grapefruit icing (recipe below)
  • 1/8 cup crushed pink peppercorns
Grapefruit Icing
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3/4 Tbsp grapefruit juice
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.

  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer or a large bowl with a hand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.

  3. Mix in egg, grapefruit zest, and grapefruit juice until combined.

  4. Gently blend flour mixture into wet mixture until just combined, taking care not to over-mix.

  5. Place bowl in fridge for about 20 minutes to chill dough.

  6. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.

  7. Form balls with 1 Tbsp batter and place on un-greased cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart.

  8. Bake at 375 degrees for about 8-10 minutes, until cookies are lightly golden around the edges. Cool on pan for a few minutes before moving to wire rack to cool completely.

  9. Once cookies are cooled, drizzle Icing over the top and sprinkle crushed peppercorns on top of icing. Let icing cool to harden.

Grapefruit Icing
  1. Whisk powdered sugar and 3 Tbsp of the grapefruit juice in a large bowl. If consistency is too thick, add another Tbsp grapefruit juice and whisk until combined.

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15 Responses to "Grapefruit Pink Peppercorn Cookies"

  1. Tara says:

    That’s interesting! I have never seen a grapefruit cookie before.

  2. WOW! I’m such a grapefruit fan! These cookies sound awesome! Wanna mail me a few dozen? 😉

  3. Michelle Lahey says:

    Who knew that about pink peppercorns?? So interesting! I made a ricotta-blueberry bread last night, and I have all I can do to not eat the rest of the loaf today…

  4. Ooo I’m so curious about this flavor combo. Looks so cute for V-day!

  5. I love all the pink here! I’m a grapefruit monster and would definitely be all over these cookies.

  6. Megan says:

    Ooh. I may just end up making these! I love grapefruit, and I have a small bag of pink peppercorns that I have been trying to figure out what to do with. These are so pretty!

  7. Joanne says:

    Okay well I guess I MUST pick up some pink peppercorns while grocery shopping today. Because I have an excess of grapefruits on my counter and need a way to use them up!

  8. Odetta says:

    How pretty!!! The peppercorns look like sprinkles!

  9. Justine says:

    Mmmmm delicious. I need more grapefruit in my life!

  10. Shannon says:

    these sound absolutely amazing! need to get me some pink peppercorns 🙂

  11. whoa, love the looks of these cookies! checking them out now.

  12. Amy (Savory Moments) says:

    These look so creative – I’m definitely going to check out the recipe! What a great idea – love all the pink!

  13. Carol says:

    Where you find pink peppercorn .

  14. Sues says:

    @Carol- Hi! I got Pink Peppercorns from Amazon (my affiliate link is: https://amzn.to/2KvtiTk/), but they have them in some grocery stores and lots of specialty stores. They’re fabulous!

  15. I’ve discovered Pink Peppercorns are quite versatile, they can be used in a lot of recipes, I’m absolutely making this on Friday for someone really special, wish me luck.

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