lemon cornmeal cookies

cookies and milk are the ultimate comforting afternoon snack. these simple lemon shortbread style cookies have cornmeal in the dough for a lovely texture. my mom gave me this cookie cookbook for christmas and a recipe in it gave me the idea to add cornmeal. if you don't want to make 4 dozen cookies at once, the dough will keep for several days in the fridge or a few months in the freezer. we used a 1 1/2-inch round cookie cutter but if you use a bigger circle the recipe will yield fewer cookies. enjoy!

Lemon Cornmeal Cookies
makes 4 dozen

2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup medium or fine ground cornmeal
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
zest of 2 lemons
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1 cup confectioner's sugar
preheat oven to 400 degrees F. combine flour, cornmeal, ginger and cinnamon in a bowl and set aside. using the paddle attachment in a stand mixer, cream butter and sugar until pale and yellow. add lemon zest and vanilla and mix. add eggs, one at a time, and mix until fully incorporated. add dry ingredients and mix until combined. roll dough into a ball, cut in two and wrap each ball in plastic wrap. chill for 30 minutes. roll out one ball at a time on a lightly floured surface until 1/4-inch thick. cut out circles with a 1 1/2-inch cookie cutter and transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet. bake for 12-14 minutes or until light golden brown. cool completely on a wire rack and dust with confectioner's sugar before serving.


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Jennifer said...

The first lines of this post....oh so agree!!! These cookies sounds so delightful and welcoming of spring freshness to come!

jen said...

oh, these sound so good! and pretty too.

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the purcells said...

tayla - we got the straws at fish's eddy in nyc. not sure if they sell them online but here's the website: http://www.fishseddy.com/

Tayla said...

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diva said...

mmm. if someone left this on my bedside, I'd feel very loved and inhale the whole plate of cookies in a second! How beautiful :)

Anonymous said...

thank you for an interesting menu, i'll try to bake it :))

love your blog <3

Anonymous said...

i have a total weakness for any lemon-ish dessert. love the addition of cornmeal!

Mark Scarbrough said...

I think I'd rather have lemon than chocolate. Believe it or not. Especially in a dessert. Lovely cookies, to boot.

ALPHAeats said...

Elinor Klivan's cookbook is great! I hope you have found her recipes as insightful and yummy as I have! I'll have to try this cookie with the cornmeal added!!

Lilly Higgins said...

This looks gorgeous! I love cold milk and cookies. I've been looking for some polenta recipes, thanks you! x Lilly

Susan said...

I love lemon! and these cookies look so delicious.

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