Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup butter, softened
2 egg yolks
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup plain white cornmeal
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 300°. Beat granulated sugar and butter at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until creamy. Add egg yolks, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition. Whisk together flour and cornmeal; gradually add to sugar mixture, beating just until blended. Roll to 1/4-inch thickness on a heavily floured surface. Cut with a 3 1/4-inch star-shaped cutter; decorate with sparkling sugar. Place 2 inches apart on lightly greased baking sheets. Bake 14 to 16 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely on wire racks (about 20 minutes).
Incredible. What is so awesome about these is the crunch and the fact that unlike most sugar cookies, they are available on demand - no need to refrigerate before cutting them out. I did add 1/2 tsp of vanilla and 1/2 teaspoon of salt to bring out the flavors. And, I think next time (and there will be one) I will whiz the cornmeal in the food processor. Mine was still a little too crunchy. These cookies are so flexible, I imagine you could add thyme to make savory cookies, lemon zest in summer, the sky is the limit. LOVED.