Tuesday, April 26, 2011

TWD: Cornmeal Shortbread Cookies

I have almost never enjoyed chametz so much. (Chametz is essentially all the stuff you can't eat during Passover, which these cookies absolutely are). It's now over for me, and I jumped right back into baking.

I don't think Dorie has ever steered me wrong with her butter cookie recipes. This one is no exception. These have two wonderful twists that really make them special. First is the cornmeal. It adds a great crunch and a little texture that gives these bite. The second is the fresh lime zest. The recipe called for lemon, but I had a lime, and I love lime and corn together. Her trick of rolling out the cookies in a plastic bag is genius.

I learned that Dorie's butter cookies should be VERY COLD before baking. I cut them into squares and then put them back in the fridge until just before they go in the oven. It's what helps them keep their shape. I didn't bake them until they were very crispy, but I think I enjoyed them with a little chew instead of snap.

Just out of the oven. Mmmmm.

On the plate, where they did not last.

These are definitely going to be made in my house again. Thank you Valerie of Une Gamine dans la Cuisine for choosing this recipe.

15 comments:

Cakelaw said...

These were good, and obviously all the sweeter for you after Passover.

Peggy said...

Yours look perfect. Mine turned into one big cookie in the oven. They were very tasty though!

cindy said...

Look so yummy!

Valerie said...

I so glad you enjoyed these after Passover!
Thanks for baking with me this week. :D

spike. said...

These were great, weren't they? I don't have any left- they disappeared so fast!

Mary said...

I love the cornmeal lime combo...try the cornmeal lime cookies from Flour Bakery...you will love them as I do.

alvarosa said...

although not for religios reasons, I am "fastening" during lenten season (no alcohol, no sugra, no meat) so this was also my "welcome back to baking"-recipe! good re-start, in my eyes :o]

Tia said...

i agree - they are a "make again" recipe at my place too!
Buttercreambarbie

mike509 said...

These look great! Mine spread so much, but they were wonderful. I agree - the cornmeal was a pleasant surprise. And thanks for the Passover dessert recipe - it was a hit!

Julia said...

Thank you for sharing yours with me! I had one for breakfast. Then the others a few minutes later. :)

Lauryn said...

your cookies look perfect! I was so happy to see passover come to an end too! Enough matzah!

natalia said...

Ciao ! Gorgeous cookies !

Jaime said...

yeah i was not sure why Dorie said she makes them more golden for more crisp but then in the recipe it says to take them out when they are "just golden"???

anyway, great job!

Nicole said...

Just in the time it took to cut these in squares my cookies got soft and therefore spread a little. That's ok, they were surprisingly tasty!

jillbert said...

I wasn't sure about the cornmeal, but these were delicious!