Don't skip the chill time after mixing or the dough will be too soft to shape into a log.
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup plain yellow cornmeal
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 tablespoon lime zest
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
How to Make It
Combine flour and cornmeal. Beat butter and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add egg and next 3 ingredients, beating until blended. Gradually add flour mixture, beating just until blended after each addition. Cover and chill dough 1 hour.
Shape dough into a 12-inch log using wax paper. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap, and chill 8 hours.
Preheat oven to 375°. Cut log into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 12 minutes or until set. Transfer to wire racks; cool completely (about 15 minutes).
Try This Twist!
Chocolate-Orange Cornmeal Cookies: Substitute orange zest and fresh orange juice for lime zest and juice. Drizzle 1/4 cup melted semisweet chocolate morsels over cooled cookies.
This cookie recipe is terrible. I was surprised there was no leavening in it at all, no baking soda or baking powder or even any salt, but I made it exactly according to the instructions and the result was inedible. Rock-hard, dry discs that I could hardly pry up off the cookie sheet, they tasted like lime-flavored dog biscuits. I threw the whole mess out.
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