Tuesday, April 26, 2011

TWD: Cornmeal Shortbread Cookies

This week's Tuesdays With Dorie selection of Cornmeal Shortbread Cookies (page 130 of Dorie Greenspan's: BAKING From My Home to Yours) was made by Valerie of Une Gamine dans la Cuisine.

Now I'm a BIG fan of thick, crumbly Scottish shortbread (think Walkers), so I was a little disappointed in these cookies. They were a little too thin and a little too sweet, so they just didn't "taste" like shortbread. And those little buggers spread like crazy. For the second batch I even pre-cut the squares and chilled the dough before baking, but I still got the same mis-shaped results. Yes, I know I'm whining.

If these cookies had been called sugar cornmeal cookies or sweet butter-cornmeal crisps, I would have raved about their taste and the surprisingly pleasant texture that the cornmeal adds, but I was fixated on the traditional and my mind couldn't cope with this different spin on shortbread. I know, I know, the problem is with me and not the cookies.

But one thing I simply loved about this recipe was the awesome tip about rolling out the dough in a zip-lock bag. No mess, no fuss, and best of all no clean-up.

Simply genius. Thanks Dorie.

And thank you, Valerie. Your selection really was tasty.


  1. I do like Dories zip lock bag method so precise. Sorry you didn't love them, if it says shortbread it should taste like shortbread.

  2. I love the ziploc method too. Is that Nutella on top?

  3. You did put Nutella on top ? You are naughty !!!

  4. mmm and 3 cheers for nutella! great add on!

  5. LOL - oh well, they turned out well, and you didn't end up with a single super cookie like me.

  6. yeah i love the ziploc trick.... but i just use two pieces of plastic wrap instead since those bags can be expensive LOL

    i didn't have any issues with spreading so maybe you'd have better luck next time?

  7. I was surprised how burrty they were! I ended up liking them a lot.

  8. Yummy nutella. Your cookies are so perfect. I just made the marbled loaf cake and what a great surprise it was! Thanks