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Cornmeal Cookies

Cornmeal Cookies. My very best sugar cookie recipe kissed with cornmeal and lime. So simple, yet so unique! You’ve got to try these…

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A cookie is like an edible smile.

Tuck one in a lunch box (or your pocket) and it’s guaranteed to make your heart jump with joy later in the day.

Sometimes I want a rich decadent chocolatey cookie. Yet most of the time I crave simple cookies, like shortbread, or my very best sugar cookie recipe.

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We make numerous variations of sugar cookies. In fact, I’d be embarrassed to start counting.

Just know, sugar cookies are my specialty, so I feel like I have the best sugar cookie recipe ever. And I’ll throw punches at anyone who says otherwise. *wink*

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My latest sugar cookie variation is soft and tender Cornmeal Cookies.

Made from the dough of my best sugar cookie recipe, I simply subbed some of the flour for yellow cornmeal and added fresh lime zest.

The earthy quality of the cornmeal mixed with the bright limey essence is a match made in heaven.

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Plus the texture… swoon!

The cornmeal adds a hearty grain texture that blends perfectly into the soft pillowy dough.

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I could eat these cookies all day long.

Wait… I DID eat these all day long. And each one was better than the last!

Best Sugar Cookie Recipe with Cornmeal

Yield: 18 cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes (active time)

Cook Time: 10 minutes


  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened (1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • Zest of one lime
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup 100% yellow cornmeal + extra for rolling (not cornmeal mix)


  1. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, 3-5  minutes. Then beat in the salt, lime zest, egg, and vanilla. Once blended, slowly add the flour, followed by the cornmeal. Scrape the bowl and beat again for just a few seconds to combine.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (or 350 convection) and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Dump the dough out onto large piece of foil and use the foil to shape the dough into a 9 1/2 inch log, about 2 inches thick. Wrap well and freeze for at least 30 minutes to firm up the dough.
  3. When ready to bake, open the foil and sprinkle cornmeal over and around the dough log. Roll it back-and-forth to coat the log on all sides. Then cut the log into 16-18 equal slices. Lay the cookies on the prepared baking sheet 2 inches apart. Bake for 8-10 minutes until just barley golden on the edges, but soft in the middle. (7-8 minutes convection.) Allow the cookies to cool on the cookie sheet completely before moving.

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24 Responses to “Cornmeal Cookies”

  1. Jenny Flakeposted March 14, 2014 at 6:17 am

    What a great idea! Would never have thought to use cornmeal, they look delish!!


  2. Julie @ Table for Twoposted March 14, 2014 at 6:30 am

    These look so soft! I love the cornmeal addition – kind of like a cornbread but in cookie form! The basket where you have the cookies laying in is so pretty!


  3. Tieghanposted March 14, 2014 at 7:24 am

    These are such a great idea!! Perfect for a lighter spring cookie!


  4. Sandy @ ReluctantEntertainerposted March 14, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Love this, Sommer! Sounds delish. Have never had cornmeal cookies!


  5. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted March 14, 2014 at 9:10 am

    I love cornmeal in a sweet cookie. Beautiful!!


  6. Mariaposted March 14, 2014 at 10:38 am

    I am always up for a cornmeal cookie!


  7. Gabyposted March 14, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    I’m going to need a batch of these soon!


  8. Meredithposted March 14, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Amazingly delicious!


  9. Heather Christoposted March 15, 2014 at 10:52 am

    I would never have thought of these! but they look so interesting and are probably delicious with that extra texture!


  10. Megan | Country Cleaverposted March 15, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Ohhhh these look heavenly Sommer! You know I am a sucker for a buttery cookie!


  11. Nutmeg Nannyposted March 15, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    Whoa, what an awesome recipe :) I am so excited to try this out and give it a taste!


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  13. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.posted March 15, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    I love these unique cookies!


  14. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted March 15, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Beautiful cookies, love the lime touch!


  15. Brian @ A Thought For Foodposted March 16, 2014 at 11:50 am

    These remind me of the sugar cookies from middle school… and that’s a compliment. Those were the best sugar cookies I’ve ever had.


  16. marlaposted March 16, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    I love the crunch of cornmeal in baked goods. These look amazing!


  17. Patposted March 16, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Lovely looking cookies…..I have never had a cookie with cornmeal, but why not! And the lime sounds perfect.


  18. Nancy @ gottagetbakedposted March 16, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    This is a fabulous idea! I love adding cornmeal to anything for that wonderful crunch. I’m definitely going to try this.


  19. Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Livingposted March 17, 2014 at 5:52 am

    Love the idea of cornmeal in these sugar cookies for texture.


  20. Carol at Wild Goose Teaposted March 17, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    I am the Cookie Queen at work, because I bake cookies to bring every Sunday night. Nothing is better than a butter cookie in my book. Of course everyone touts chocolate chip, which I do too. However when butter type cookies are available on the plate, they go away pretty quickly. I think people forget about them, when they are thinking about their favorite cookie. The cornmeal offers
    a unique twist. Fun!


  21. Colleenposted March 18, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Thank you for this recipe! Just made them and they are delicious! I didn’t have a lime or lemon but added a splash of oj which worked out great! Definitely a keeper!


  22. Shainaposted March 20, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    I can’t wait to try these. The lime and cornmeal sound so good!


  23. Carpet Cleaning Ashfordposted March 26, 2014 at 4:29 am

    Oh, these look awesome! Can’t wait to try!


  24. Ilonaposted June 14, 2014 at 6:13 am

    Delicious cookies. And so easy to make. Will make them again :)


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