Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Cornmeal Shortbread Cookies (TWD)

This week's Tuesdays with Dorie (TWD) recipe was chosen by Valerie of Une Gamine dans la Cuisine: Cornmeal Shortbread Cookies. I have to admit that I almost skipped out on this recipe.  When you compare it to a lot of the other recipes in the book, this one just doesn't sound that exciting! They're traditional shortbread cookies with a twist - aside from substituting some of the flour for cornmeal, the zest of a lemon (or lime, in my case) is rubbed in with the sugar to give it a little extra something.

Boy am I glad that I didn't skip this one! The cookies are buttery sweet and crumbly like you'd expect shortbread cookies to be, but the citrus zest gives it the most wonderful flavor.  The cornmeal gives it an interesting crunch (they have just the slightest gritty texture), though I wouldn't really know that there was cornmeal in these cookies unless you told me there was.

Thanks Valerie, for hosting this week.  I'm so glad you got me to try a recipe I'd probably otherwise skip in this book! If you would like the recipe, you can find it here. Make sure you check out the TWD Blogroll, to see how everyone else enjoyed this buttery, crumbly treat!


  1. I loved these, too. Surprisingly good. I have liked (more than I thought I would) all the things we've made with cornmeal. The Lenox Almond biscotti was one of my favorite recipes in the book. I'm glad I gave most of them away. They are dangerous for me. ;)

  2. I ate an embarrassing amount of dough this week but I didn't love the cookies quite as much. They were just a bit too crunchy/gritty for me. Yours look fantastic!

  3. Jaime, these look great! Seems like everyone loved them--I can;t wait to try, as I have been making a lime/cornmeal biscotti which I love! Loved the cutter you used!

  4. Jaime, your shortbread cookies look absolutely perfect! They're beautiful. :)