Cornmeal Shortbread Cookies

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If ever you take away anything from this blog, anything at all, take away this: NEVER BAKE WHEN YOU ARE DROP DEAD TIRED.

Just don’t do it! You’ll end up deciding to make a quarter recipe of cookies and while doing the math in your head, you carefully measure most of the ingredients and then everything is mixing merrily along until the dough doesn’t come together. And then you realize you added twice as much cornmeal as you were supposed to. Then you decide to hell with it and just make half of the recipe and decide to dump everything else in and hope for the best. All the while knowing that your tiredness just compromised the texture of these cookies. And THEN to top it off, you realize that you don’t have any lemons. Not one. And you hope that lemon extract will suffice.

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So don’t be me. Don’t bake while tired.

While I’m at it, don’t drive while drunk. This concludes my public service announcement.

These cookies are pretty good. They are a bit weirder than I am used to but I think that’s mainly my fault for using stone ground cornmeal; you can certainly sense the grittiness of them. Other than that, they are a pretty decent cookie.

For the recipe, head on over to Valerie’s beautiful blog, Une Gamine dans la Cuisine. (Click here to be taken directly to the recipe).

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10 thoughts on “Cornmeal Shortbread Cookies

  1. I’ve had way too many late night baking incidents just like that, and yet I still bake when exhausted. I’ll never learn :) I’m with you, these were just ok, though I did love the dough!

  2. I’ve been there, and you’re right, math and baking are not very productive while half-asleep. :D
    Despite the mismeasuring, your cookies look beautiful! Love the presentation.

  3. Oh, dear, that does not sound like the ideal baking experience. I also recommend not baking when you’re cranky; I’ve ended up being mad at what I’m making. Your photos look exceptionally good this week.

  4. They sure look like they turned out great, despite your challenges. I used regular cornmeal and they were plenty cornmeal-y, so I can see that stone ground would be a bit much.

  5. teaandscones says:

    Been there, done that. And I don’t have to be tired to mess up a recipe the same way. Loved the cornmeal in htese because of the extra crunch.

    Pretty picture – as usual.

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