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February 6, 2012

Heart Glazed Cornmeal Cookies

heart glazed cornmeal cookies

My Kitchen Aid Mixer is named Sir Charles Mixalot III. I just call him Sir Mixalot for short. We had a conversation the other day. It went something like this:

Sir Mixalot: Hey Trace! Would you please use me? I'm sick of collecting dust on your pantry shelf.

Tracy: Hey. You talk! Fiiiiine. I'll use you. What should I make?

Sir Mixalot: I'm a little outta shape. Something easy. Baby steps. Take it easy on me.

Tracy: I totally get it Sir Mixalot, I haven't worked out in awhile too. How about cornmeal cookie dough?

Sir Mixalot: I can totally handle that. You're a dear. Many thanks. Don't forget to clean my crevices afterward.

Tracy: Ummm. OK...

heart glazed cornmeal cookies

So I busted out Sir Mixalot and put him to work. The dough came together in a snap. We high-fived and I gave him a deep cleaning (head out of the gutter!). Then I got to work cutting, baking & glazing these cookies. The dough was the easiest part thanks to Sir Mixalot. The glazing part was a little tough and I only say that because I had a 3 year old running around the kitchen island begging me for some cookies and showing me a new toy every 5 seconds. Labor of love, my friends. LABOR OF LOVE.

heart glazed cornmeal cookies

Valentine's Day is coming up! Bust out your Kitchen Aid Mixer (and name him/her if you haven't already) and get to work. Your Valentine is gonna love the crunchy bite of a sugary cornmeal cookie. I know this.

And we're off!

Ingredient gathering. A very small list of ingredients. I love that!

heart glazed cornmeal cookies

Butter & sugar. I love the smell of these two together. I'd totally wear it as a perfume.

But like a liquid perfume...not a solid. I'd probably try to eat it if it was a solid perfume.

heart glazed cornmeal cookies

Mixing the dry ingredients. Whisk it! No sifting involved!

heart glazed cornmeal cookies

Add the egg & vanilla to the creamed butter.

heart glazed cornmeal cookies

Now the dry ingredients!

heart glazed cornmeal cookies

Mix mix mix. DOUGH.

heart glazed cornmeal cookies

Take a small ice cream scoop. Make a ball.

heart glazed cornmeal cookies

Roll that ball in sugar.

heart glazed cornmeal cookies

Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Smoosh the ball down with a glass.

heart glazed cornmeal cookies

Dip the glass in sugar after each cookie. It helps prevent sticking. PRO TIP!

heart glazed cornmeal cookies

Take your cute little heart cookie cutter and press it into the cookie. Not all the way down!

heart glazed cornmeal cookies

You'll have two trays that look something like this.

heart glazed cornmeal cookies

Bake them. Cool them on a rack. Watch how impatient everyone gets!

heart glazed cornmeal cookies

Get your icing ingredients together.

heart glazed cornmeal cookies

Mix in the vanilla and water. I had to add more water for some reason. Just a little.

heart glazed cornmeal cookies

I split the batch up into purple & red. I added too much purple and it looks blue-ish black.

But maybe that's what I was going for...I'm not really a pink & red kinda gal.

heart glazed cornmeal cookies

Whatevs! Take a small little spoon and spread the colored sugar glaze on top of the cookie.

heart glazed cornmeal cookies

REPEAT. A lot.

heart glazed cornmeal cookies

The cookies are done! The sugar will harden a bit after like 5 minutes. Don't stack them! They'll get mucked up.

heart glazed cornmeal cookies

Take a bite out of my heart.

Heart Glazed Cornmeal Cookies

makes about 40

(recipe from Everyday Food Magazine)

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)
  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 to 2 drops red or pink food coloring

Preheat oven to 400 F degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cornmeal, and salt. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and 1/2 cup granulated sugar on medium-high until creamy, 3 minutes. Add egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla and beat until combined. With mixer on low, gradually add flour mixture and beat to combine.

Place 1/4 cup granulated sugar in a small bowl; roll dough into 1-inch balls and coat with sugar. Transfer to two parchment-lined baking sheets. With the bottom of a glass, flatten balls to 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Press a 1-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter into each (do not cut through). Bake until cookies are golden at edges, 10 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. Let cookies cool on wire racks.

In a small bowl, whisk together confectioners' sugar, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla, and 1 3/4 teaspoons cold water. Whisk in food coloring. With a small spoon, spread glaze inside heart. Let set 15 minutes.

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  • Katie

    Love these! My KitchenAid is referred to as "It's a Cayenne". As in, "It's a Cayenne. Tony bought it for me.", (think Carmela Soprano). However, my husband's name is Dave, and I bought it myself. Ha!

    • Tracy

      I seriously LOVE THAT. Is it Cayenne colored? Gosh...when Carmela said that to one of her friends I just wanted to SHOUT at her. HAHAHA. I miss the Sopranos BIG TIME.

  • Kathryn

    How have I not yet named my kitchen aid?! What have I been doing for all this time?!

  • Katrina

    Aww these are so cute!! I would love to receive cookies like this. Just lovely.

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)

    hahaha i love the name - sir mixalot is quite fitting :) and these cookies are TO DIE FOR!

  • Clara

    Gorgeous, Tracy! I was so excited to see what cookies you were making after listening to your latest Homefries podcast.

  • jackie @ marin mama cooks

    How adorable are these cookies and they would be perfect for my son's valentine party at school. Love them! I love the step-by-step instructions as well. I do that on my blog and my friends say it's like I am right there cooking alongside with them. Some of the steps are not the prettiest photographs (especially the raw chicken photos) but you've got to show them.

    I took my mixer out of retirement this past year as well. I am usually all about the hand mixer as I am a control freak! I am finding that sometimes it's nice to have your batter mixing as you clean up and do other things so I am letting my controlling nature ease up a bit.

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  • Leah

    These look delicious and so festive! I like the grey-purply colour, very untraditional! and it looks like it matches your nail polish from your previous post! score!!

  • Laura / lem_monade

    these look beautiful, and crunchy cornmeal is always awesome – gotta get out Milli (my KitchenAid is cream coloured and a grandma-like old lady) to try them!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet

    so cute! now please come clean my mixer's crevices too. that poor thing is a hot mess.

  • Tiffanie

    I never named my mixer, but it was one of the best things to ever happen to me!

    This cookies look beautiful, and the kind that I can take a dozen down easily in one sitting. I am a sucker for luscious icing colors like those. Best I not make them. :)

  • Amanda Bimble

    I feel so much better that I'm not the only one who has named their Kitchen Aid (Candy has been a welcome addition to our family)! The heart feature totally makes these and I love how easy it easy. Thank you!

  • Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen

    These cookies are so cute! I finally got a stand mixer for Christmas, and have yet to name it. I kind of want to steal your mixer's name - it's so perfect!

  • Deanna

    I love cornmeal in cookies. And now I'm sad my mixer isn't named. I named my sourdough starter after a Harry Potter character so maybe I should continue the trend with my mixer. Hmmm...

  • Dana

    Seriously a labor of love. I have no patience to make cookies like that but they sure are pretty. I had no idea you had a mixer! I thought you always used your hand mixer!

    • Tracy

      They usually aren't my cup of tea either, BUT i was feeling ambitious AND I thought that it would be cute for school....

      Yeah I have a mixer! I just don't bake often enough AND the cleaning it out part usually prevents me from using it. Sometimes a hand mixer is just....easier?

  • Julie @BananasForBourbon

    Ahhh! Sir Mixalot! I love it. My kitchenaid definitely needs a name. But what? I'll have to think on it. I knead a lot of bread doughs in it. Hmm. But my mixer is definitely of the lady-persuasion. But one of those hardcore, no-guff ladies who could knead the HECK out of whatever you throw at her. Even if she has to walk off the counter to do it. Yeah, don't mess with her.

    Also, these cookies look delicious. That is all.

  • CulinarilyCourtney

    What a great idea to add corn meal to a sugar cookie! I love that extra little crunch that corn meal gives to anything baked and so I bet this tastes wonderful.

  • Jill Mant~a SaucyCook

    I love the idea of cornmeal cookies and if Sir Mixalot is single he may be interested in meeting my GPS, Zelda. She's quite clever and her pronunciation of certain roads can be terribly entertaining.

  • Courtney

    I love that you used red and black on these cookies. Pink is so played...

  • tom@morethanpepper

    ever use watkins vanilla extract?

  • Lisa

    These are now on my "to do" list for this evening! Absolutely love this recipe and my kiddos will adore the hearts :)

  • kitchen steps

    Why oh, why do I have to come across these amazing food porn blogs when I am hungry? Great (screen lickable) pictures by the way.

  • laura k

    I hereby christen my mixer Mix Master Mike. I love naming things.

    These cookies are adorable! And I think the black and red works excellently well.

  • sara

    I don't have a Kitchen Aid mixer (very sad...). Will a food processor work or should I stir everything by hand?

  • Mary

    I haven't met my Kitchen Aid mixer yet, my mother wouldn't let me go near any of my bridal shower gifts until I got married.

    Well! Bwahahaha, just got married on Saturday! I need to set up a date with my Kitchen Aid Mixer and figure out a name and start our beautiful realtionship.

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  • Allie

    Tracy, these cookies are magical... I omitted the glaze and swapped in lime zest. My mentoring committee for my PhD devoured them, and spent more time talking about them than my work-- thanks for getting me off the hook! Featured them on my blog today :)

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