Grapefruit Zest Gingerbread Cookies

Festive little gingerbread cookies, perfect to make with the kids and a fun way to use the grapefruit zest, which so often end up in the compost.


  • No grapefruit? Swap for orange or clementines.
  • No light brown sugar? Try with coconut sugar or any dark sugar. 
  • No butter/vegan butter? Use cold coconut oil instead. 

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 12 minutes

Total time: 27 minutes

Servings: 4


1 Grapefruit (zest)

150 g Plain flour

50 g Light brown sugar

1 tsp Ground ginger

1 tsp Ground cinnamon

1 tsp Allspice

70 g Cold butter / Vegan butter

1 tsp Vanilla paste

1 Egg

For the royal icing:

1 Egg white

1 tsp Grapefruit (juice)

Icing sugar


  1. Add all the dry ingredients to a large bowl and mix to combine.
  2. Add the butter and use your hands to mix it all together. It should look like a dry crumble.
  3. Add the egg, grapefruit zest and vanilla. Mix with your hands again. Make sure everything is well combined and the butter melted. Be careful not to over-mix as it will get too sticky.
  4. Make a ball with the dough, then wrap it up and place in the freezer for 30 minutes, or in the fridge for 2 hours.
  5. Preheat the oven at 180 C/160 fan/gas mark 4. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  6. Take your dough out of the freezer and cut it into 4 piece. Roll out each piece, then cut it using your favourite cookie cutters. Place onto the lined tray, leaving some space between each cookie. Bake for 12 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven and let cool before serving.
  8. Decorate with royal icing or make your own by mixing egg white (or aquafaba), grapefruit juice and icing sugar. 
gingerbread Christmas cookies on a white plate

How to store

Store in an airtight container for up to 7-10 days.


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