It’s not unusual for a cookie to be named after one of its star ingredients, like chocolate chips or butter. However, in the case of cornstarch cookies the titular ingredient doesn’t dominate the flavor profile. Instead the cornstarch here gives these cookies a melt-in-your-mouth texture that’s out of this world. The light consistency provides the perfect backdrop for the simple flavors of butter and powdered sugar to take center stage. This is a must-try cookie recipe that is uncomplicated to make, but yields big results.
The first step to making these delicate cookies is to combine flour, cornstarch, and sugar in one bowl, then cream the butter in another. You want your butter to turn lighter in color and to be filled with air. This helps it to blend into the air-light texture of the powdered sugar.
Once you have the dough made up it does need to chill in the refrigerator for an hour so that the cookies don’t flatten out during baking.
Roll the dough into balls and then flatten them out using the back of a fork.
Then bake them for 20 minutes and then they have to cool again before you apply a dusting of more powdered sugar. This prevents the heat and moisture of the cookies from melting the sugar.
These are perfect to eat with tea or coffee, but make equally good potluck or bake sale cookies, too. This is truly an easy recipe with a big payoff for such a small amount of work.
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar, plus extra for dusting
- 3/4 cup salted butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon or almond lemon extract
- In a large mixing combine flour, cornstarch, and sugar. In another bowl cream butter until lightened in color. Add dry ingredients and flavorings to creamed mixture and stir until just combined. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
- When ready to bake preheat oven to 300˚F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and roll dough into 1” balls placed 2” apart on pan. Use back of a fork to gently flatten balls. Use fork in 1 direction only.
- Bake on center rack for 18-20 minutes. Allow to cool at room temperature for 1 hour before dusting with powdered sugar and serving.
Recipe adapted from Bake It with Love.