Tuesdays w/Dorie: Cornmeal Shortbread Cookies

April 26, 2011

This week’s recipe for the Tuesdays with Dorie bakers is Cornmeal Shortbread Cookies, selected by Valerie of Une Gamine dans la Cuisine. I love a buttery cookie, and shortbread is the ultimate buttery cookie! This one has a lemon zest, almond extract (or vanilla, if you prefer), and a little bit of cornmeal. I would call the cornmeal the secret ingredient, but it’s not so secret when it’s in the title of the recipe!

What I did: I made half the recipe. This is the kind of dough that needs a good chill, so I mixed it one evening and baked it the next day.

How it went: I used Dorie’s trick for hard-to-handle dough and rolled it out in a large plastic zippered bag. The next evening, I cut open the bag and then used a 1.5 inch square biscuit cutter to cut out the cookies.

How it tasted: My husband said “It tastes like you’d expect. It’s good.” He then went on to to say that it’s like “You got chocolate in my peanut butter” but instead it’s “You got cornmeal in my shortbread.” I liked the almond and lemon flavors and the crispness. The cornmeal got stuck in my teeth, but I knew that was coming.

Ready to try this twist on shortbread for yourself? Open your copy of Baking: From My Home to Yours to page 130, or click here to get the recipe from Valerie.


  1. Your cookies turned out great! Mine did not look so pretty, but they tasted good.

  2. These look really good–shortbread is my favorite. Your cookies are so perfectly shaped!

  3. looks like they turned out well!

  4. I found these addicting and yummy. I’ve liked when we’ve added cornmeal to baked goods. I’m glad I gave most of them away (well, my hips are glad.) ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Ciao ! Love your shortbreads !

  6. I ate a lot of dough this week but the texture of the cornmeal in the cookies was just a bit much for me. Like you, I did love the almond and citrus ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. The cookies look great! I would say the secret ingredient in these is the almond extract, I loved the flavor. I think the texture of the cornmeal is good prevention to not eat too many of these.

  8. I’m glad you liked them, despite the need to reach for some dental floss. ๐Ÿ˜€ Your cookes look perfect, thanks for baking with me this week!

  9. I definitely have to try these again with regular cornmeal. Yours look perfect!

  10. What a nice not-so-secret ingredient to add. These cookies look great, and I think I’d love the twist of lemon.

  11. What a great tip, to use a biscuit cutter!! No wonder yours look so perfect. I’m going to have to try it this way next time.

  12. I just love the feedback you get from your husband!

    Your cookies look great!

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: