Cornmeal shortbread cookies

Now.. I have a great recipe to share! I have learnt so many good recipes during my stay in Italy and received a few handy tips from chefs too. I must confess that I was so excited that I barely slept during that week in Italy. I just felt so priviledged to have a proper chef giving me cookery lessons… I loved every minute of it.

I am now catching up and falling asleep during the day too!

I want to learn more and improve my cookery skills, I have realized there are so many things I still don’t know. I mainly cook for my family so my recipes are every day, uncomplicated and quick ones too that I make when my children are in school. Sometimes a good tip from an expert can really help.

I stayed at Hotel Luise a modern, clean and well equipped hotel with contemporary rooms, close to the lake, a good free Wi-Fi and a creche handy for family holidays.

Hotel Luise

What I loved most was their fab breakfast with their homemade breads. Each morning at 5 am the chef makes bread from scratch just like a bakery. Honestly these days I think it is a luxury to have a hotel that each day makes proper sourdough bread. They also make their own cakes and biscuits too.

Breakfast at Hotel Luise

Here I have learned to make these cornmeal shortbread biscuits which are typical from the region of Trentino Alto Adige. They are made with a local corn flour milled at a traditional mill called Molino Pellegrini which I visited and I will talk about that on my next post. As they are so straightforward to prepare I thought I would share the recipe… they are also so delicious!

Cornmeal shortbread cookies

By 14/06/2016

I brought some of these biscuits home and my children loved them so much. The cornmeal gives them a really crunchy delicious taste and I promise you, once you start you won't be able to stop!

This recipe makes a good batch of cookies. They will last well stored in a tin.

  • Prep Time : 20 minutes
  • Cook Time : 18 minutes



First lets prepare our ingredients: cornmeal flour, wheat flour, baking powder, egg yolks, sugar, butter, salt, vanilla pod and orange zest. Butter and eggs should be cold and come straight from the fridge.


Start by working the cold butter with the sugar in a bowl to a creamy consistency.

working butter

Add the egg yolks. With the tip of a knife scrape off the vanilla seeds and add them to the mixture with the salt and the orange zest.

adding egg yolks

Add the cornmeal flour and the baking powder. Mix well.

adding cornmeal flour

Add the wheat flour and then with your hands quickly work the dough (to avoid over-heating it) and form a smooth ball. The dough should be soft.

adding wheat flour

Mix well and form a smooth ball. Wrap it in cling film and put it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

adding wheat flour

Sprinkle some cornmeal flour on your work top. With a rolling pin flatten the dough to about 7 mm or 0.3 inch thick.

rolling pastry

Using a pastry cutter cut the pastry (any shape you like) and place the biscuits on a baking tray covered by parchment paper.

cornmeal cookies

Sprinkle them with sugar and cook at 160C or 320Fย  in a fan oven for 15 to 18 minutes or until golden.

Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

Shortbread Cornmeal Cookies from Trentino

Shortbread Cornmeal Cookies from Trentino

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19 Responses to Cornmeal shortbread cookies

  1. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    Cornmeal must have given these shortbread cookies some extra crunchiness. I love the beautiful golden colour and water drop shape.

    • Alida

      I will make a batch next time as they really get eaten so quickly!

  2. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    It’s so nice to pick up recipes and little tips from chefs isn’t it. It looks like you got a great recipe here and I would happily eat all of them!

    • Alida

      Thanks they are irresistible!

  3. gloria

    These cookies sounds really delicious Alida !

    • Alida

      Grazie Gloria!

  4. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    Dear Alida,
    These cornmeal cookies look very delightful. I love the fact that you want to learn more, there is always more to learn in baking and cookery. You were really blessed to have been taught by a chef. I don’t think I have ever had a cornmeal cookies before. I also love the shape of these mouthwatering shortbread cookies. Thanks for sharing…Have a great rest of the week! Ciao!
    Hugs, Dottie ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Alida

      Chefs can really give you good tips. It is never the same learning from books or the internet. They have experience and they know how to cook professionally.

  5. Louise

    How fortunate for you to be able to stay at a hotel that bakes every morning, Alida!

    It sure sounds like you had a wonderful time and probably need another vacation, lol…

    Well, lucky for us you had enough energy to share this special recipe and delectable cookies. Thank you Alida…I look forward to learning more about your trip.

    • Alida

      Oh yes I would go back there tomorrow!! It feels nice to be pampered from time to time.

  6. Chiara

    che belle foto, spiegano alla perfezione tutti i passaggi !Sembrano deliziosi questi cookies, perfetti per l’ora del tรจ, un bacione

    • Alida

      Si veramente un’ottima ricetta che rifaro’ presto.

  7. La cucina di Molly

    Devono essere buonissimi questi biscotti di mais, grazie per la condivisione! Un abbraccio!

    • Alida

      Si io adoro il mais.

    • Alida

      Polenta gives them a nice golden colour and a crunchy bite!

  8. uno spicchio di melone

    Ma che meraviglia Alida!!! Ogni volta da te imparo cose fantastiche! Grazie!

  9. Adam Bliven

    Great Cookies!

    • Alida

      Thank you!

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