Homemade Grapefruit Peel Powder

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I have been keeping grapefruit skins over the months in my freezer.

Now I have enough grapefruit skins to make grapefruit peel powder 🙂

1. Place the grapefruit peels in a large saucepan and cover with water.  Set on the stove on high heat and bring to a boil.  Drain the water from the peels.

2. Place back the peels and add 4 tablespoons sugar and 2 cups water to the saucepan.  Cook until the peels are translucent.

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3. Drain any remaining syrup from the peels.

4. Remove the white pith as much as you can.

5. Preheat the oven to 200 F.

6. Spread the peels in a single layer on parchment paper. Dry the peels in the oven until they are crisp and begins to curly. Let cool completely.

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7. Place the cooled, dried peels in a food processor. Graind until fine powder  is formed.

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Sugar cookies

Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:

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1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar

1 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut in pieces

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 egg yolks

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Almonds and Dried Cranberries

Directions:

1. In a small bowl, lightly beat egg yolks and vanilla.

2. Place flour, sugar, butter, and salt in the bowl of a food processor; process until mixture is the texture of coarse meal.

3. With motor running, add egg mixture to food processor.  Process until a dough forms.

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4. Wrap the dough in plastic; chill until firm, at least 1 hour.

5. Preheat oven to 320F.  Roll to a thickness of 3/4 inch.

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(When I roll a cookie dough, I put the dough between the plastic wraps, so I don’t need sprinkle the extra flour to prevent sticking.)

6. Cut dough with a ginger bread man shape cookie cutter; transfer to baking sheet.

7. Put an almond or a dried cranberry on the cookie man’s chest; fold his arms over the almond or the dried cranberry; make eyes with a small writing tube.

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8. Bake until edges are firm, 12-15 minutes.  Cool 1-2 minutes on baking sheets.

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