Sunday, August 4, 2013

Sweet and Savory Cornmeal Cookies

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I suspect that cookies much like these are made anywhere that olives are grown and pressed for oil. While I can't say with any degree of authority that these are Portuguese cookies, I'm comfortable in asserting that olive oil was used to make at least some of the cookies that came out of the Portuguese kitchens of Provincetown back in the day when the fishing fleets were moored in the harbor. Cookies that are made with olive oil lack the tender crumb of those that are made with butter, but they have a lovely cake-like interior that makes them interesting. The cookie I'm featuring today has other savory elements as well, but a careful balance of sugar keeps them on the sweet side of the dessert spectrum. This is an adult cookie that is perfect to serve to those with adventuresome palates. I love to include them as an element of a special tea and they are a perfect accompaniment for dessert wines. The cookies are really easy to make and I know you will enjoy them. Here is how they are made.

Sweet and Savory Cornmeal Cookies...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite inspired by America's Test Kitchen

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup olive oil
2 eggs
1 teaspoon finely minced fresh rosemary
1 cup confectioners' sugar + more as needed


1) Adjust 2 oven racks to upper-middle and lower-middle positions. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
2) Place flour, cornmeal, baking powder and salt in a large bowl and whisk to combine.
3) Place granulated sugar and oil in another bowl and whisk to combine. Add eggs and rosemary and whisk until smooth. Gently stir in flour mixture with a rubber spatula until a soft dough forms.
4) Working with 1 tablespoon of dough at a time, drop cookies 2-inches apart on lined baking pans.
5) Bake cookies until edges are a light golden brown and centers puff and split open, about 13 minutes, switching and rotating pans halfway through baking. Let cookies cool slightly on baking sheets. Place 1 cup confectioners' sugar in a bowl and roll warm cookies in sugar to coat. Dust with extra confectioners' sugar just before serving. Yield: 24 cookies.

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Life's a shoe said...

wow this looks great!

Velva said...

These are beautiful cookies. Perfect with a really good cup of hot coffee.


From the Kitchen said...

This is printing out as I type. I've seen recipes using olive oil in cookies but have never tried one. We will soon.

Hope you are having a delicious day!


Ginny Hartzler said...

I have never seen or heard of such a thing. I am convinced there is nothing in the culinary world that you don't know about!!

Chiara said...

perfect for tea time ! Have a great week Mary, blessings...

We Are Not Martha said...

I love that they have olive oil in them and you call them an "adult" cookie :)


Unknown said...

These sound so unique and intriguing!


What a beautiful tea cookie. Baking cookies with olive oil is new to me ... I look forward to trying this one.


Leslie said...

Very very interesting! I bet they are scrumptious!

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