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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!

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Best Sugar Cookie Recipe with Cornmeal

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Cornmeal Cookies. My very best sugar cookie recipe kissed with cornmeal and lime.
Servings: 18 cookies


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


  • Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, 3-5  minutes. Then beat in the baking powder, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Serving: 1cookie, Calories: 107kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 23mg, Sodium: 37mg, Potassium: 23mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 170IU, Calcium: 4mg, Iron: 0.4mg
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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28 comments on “Cornmeal Cookies”

  1. have you tried rolling this dough out & using cutters or doing balls & flattening them? or is slice & bake the only way the dough works out?

  2. This recipe was perfect. I was looking for something to bake for my mom, who is a teacher and allergic to gluten. I replaced the flour with my gluten free flour blend (I use Red Mill’s) and used what I had on hand, which was orange extract, to replace the zest (one teaspoon of that is enough, it’s powerful)

    I got cookies with great flavor and texture, and the cornmeal completely covered the gluten free taste so that it just tasted like a normal cookie. This was absolutely perfect and I really appreciate you putting out the recipe!!!

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

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

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

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

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

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

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

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

  13. 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.

  14. Beautiful cookies, love the lime touch!

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

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

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

  19. Amazingly delicious!

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

  21. I am always up for a cornmeal cookie!

  22. I love cornmeal in a sweet cookie. Beautiful!!

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

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

  25. 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!

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