My pistachio cornmeal butter cookie recipe is for an authentic Italian cookie that was passed on to me years ago. It’s perfect for dipping in your coffee or just a snack with a glass of milk.
I have to warn you that these cookies are addictive and you may find yourself eating a plateful before you even notice they’re gone!
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What ingredients so I need to make Pistachio Cornmeal Butter Cookies?
Let’s start by gathering the ingredients we need to make Italian Pistachio Cornmeal Butter Cookies. In Chef Speak this is called the “Mise en Place” which translates to “Everything in its Place”.
Not only does setting your ingredients up ahead of time speed up the cooking process, it also helps ensure you have everything you need to make the dish.
How do I make Pistachio Cornmeal Cookies?
- Add the pistachios to the bowl of your food processor.
- Pulse the pistachios until some are finely ground but you still have some pieces.
- Add the flour, corn meal, sugar, and salt and pulse until well blended
- Add the softened butter to the dry ingredients in the food proceesor bowl.
- Pulse until fully incorporated into the dry ingredients (scrape down the side of the bowl to make sure it gets fully blended)
- Add the eggs yolks and vanilla to the mixture.
- Pulse briefly until the dough forms on the blade.
- Dump the dough onto counter.
- Form the dough into a log and wrap it in plastic wrap.
- Refrigerate the dough for at least 30 minutes. Overnight is fine
- Slice the dough into ¼ inch circles and place on buttered cookie sheet (or parchment paper)
- Place the cookies into a 350 degree preheated oven.
- Bake for about 20 minutes or until the cookies are firm and golden, with a touch of brown on the outer edges.
- Allow the pistachio cornmeal butter cookies to cool completely on a wire rack
Those buttery sandy salty-sweet cookies will always take me back to my time with Mama Jeanette and I’m grateful for all the lessons learned in her kitchen and especially for these delicious cookies.
I promise these cookies will not dissapoint and your friends and family will beg you to make more.
Shortbread cookies have a higher ration of butter to flour than butter cookies. Butter cookies still have a high proportion of butter, but the amount of flour and sugar is higher, which means they hold their shape better than a shortbread cookie.
Polenta and cornmeal are very close to being the same ingredient, except for one thing, the consistency of the grain. Polenta is more coarsely ground than cormeal, which it allows it to have a less mushy consistency when cooked.
The most common reason that butter cookies are tough or hard is that the cookie dough was over mixed. When the flour is mixed into the dough, the gluten begins to form. While gluten helps hold baked goods together, too much gluten (which happens when you over mix the dough) can lead to tough cookies.
If you think you overmixed the cookie dough, let it rest for 30 minutes to allow the gluten to relax.
I made them tiday, and my kids loved them!
Thanks for letting me know, I’m happy to hear your kids enjoyed the cookies! Happy Holidays!
Hey, have just hopped over from G+. I am one of those who’s not tried a cornmeal cookie! I love pistachios, so I’m going to be brave and get over my psychological aversion (!) and try this recipe in the new year. And when I do, I’ll let you know what I think!
Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen
I have never tried cornmeal cookies before…They look incredible! 🙂
Good Food Good Friends
I love pistachios. Can’t wait to try these cookies!
kelly @ kellybakes
I’ve been looking for sweet things to do with corn and I love pistachios so I will definitely give these a try! (though admittedly, it may be dangerous, as I could probably eat the whole tray!)
All That I'm Eating
These look amazing! I’ve not made anything with cornmeal before.
I have never had a corn meal cookie. I am excited to try to make these.
they were almost addictive, two batches are gone and I miss them!
Rebecca@A Dusting of Sugar
These look great! They always have these sandy, gluten free cookies at school that I love, but can’t for the life of me figure out how to make. Maybe corn meal?
definitely corn meal, and try replacing the all purpose flour with your favorite gluten free flour. It’s the butter that really kicks the flavor up, I don’t think the flours will affect the flavor, and the corn meal gives it the sandy texture.
Kim - Liv Life
I love the description of “sandy”!! Irresistible!!
Laura @ Family Spice
i won’t say that it’s a sig of age, but… Lol! You are doing better than me. Since I had kids, I can’t seem to remember anything very well! I’ve never heard of a corn meal cookie. That I would have remembered!
Happy When Not Hungry
These cookies look awesome! I love pistachios so I def need to make these. Thanks for sharing!
Congrats Chef !!! Mama Jeanette’s cookies a winner alright! Well done ! 🙂
Your description is beautiful. I love how so many tastes and aromas can make a memory live on. I’m a huge fan of anything slaty and sweet, so these sound heavenly to me. Be well and congratulations. 🙂
alyce culinary thymes
I bet these have a great texture!
Anita at Hungry Couple
I love this combination of flavors. I’m not much of a cookie eater but I’m saving this one!
Jenn and Seth (@HomeSkilletCook)
what a wonderful idea to use cornmeal in cookies! i’m so intrigued, i need to try this!
CJ at Food Stories
Congratulations on your foodbuzz top 9, today!
These cookies look amazing!!!! Going out to purchase some pistachios as soon as I finish typing this sentence! 🙂
hi Chef Dennis these sound delicious… Might just have to go and buy the ingredients and give it a whirl today.
Mei-I @ gastronomic nomad
I love your Mama Jeanette stories! So glad you shared this. Reminds me of the Chinese almond cookies a bit.