Grape Cookies: A Tangy-Sweet, Buttery Confection
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Black grapes are an underrated seasonal fruit that don’t seem to have very many uses apart from featuring as a bright violet glass of juice or milkshake at the odd food joints. The pucker some sweet flavour of these grapes is a unique flavour profile. It works phenomenally in a fruit custard or trifle, or even for a quick grape compote to drizzle over your breakfast pancakes.

However, these unique sandwich cookies stuffed with a beautiful grape icing taste like your favourite grape-flavoured hard candy that was binged on, when we were kids. They’re buttery-soft, with a moist crumb and a creamy icing with a pronounced tartness that is hard to miss. Make a batch of these for your tea party with friends or eat them during a Saturday night-in, as an accompanying snack to your favourite shows or movies.

P.S.: Stick these cookies into a tub of leftover vanilla ice cream and work your way through a beautiful array of decadent textures.

To make the grape cookies, you will need:

Ingredients [For the cookie dough]:

  • 300 grams softened butter
  • 1 cup fine sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 pinch salt

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Ingredients [For the icing]:

  •  2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons black grape juice
  • Small pinch of salt
  • Sliced black grapes


  • In a large bowl, combine the butter and fine sugar and blend with a whisk until it reaches a fluffy, creamy consistency. Add the eggs and whisk thoroughly. Add the vanilla, salt and flour and mix using a spatula until the ingredients start to come together. Empty the bowl on to a clean work surface and knead with your hands for a couple of minutes, until smooth. Wrap the dough in cling film and allow it to sit in the fridge for an hour.
  • Meanwhile, combine the butter and powdered sugar in a stand mixer and continue to mix until creamed well. Add a tiny pinch of salt, vanilla and the black grape juice and combine well until the mixture turns a shade of lavender and air is beaten into the mix. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Take the dough out of the fridge and roll it out on a flat surface until it is an inch in thickness. Using a cookie cutter of your choice (preferably small), cut out cookies from the sheet of dough and place on a floured baking tray. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for about 15-17 minutes. Check after 15 minutes to see if they need additional cook time and adjust accordingly.
  • Extract the cookies from the oven and place on a wire rack until cooled. Using an icing spatula, frost one side of the cookie with the grape icing and place a couple of slices of fresh grapes on top. Place another cookie on top of the frosted one to make a cookie sandwich. Repeat the process until complete.