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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Grandma's Cornstarch Cookies

These cookies are very common in Costa Rica and a family favorite.
This recipe comes from my grandmother and it's truly what I would call a comfort cookie. It's crumbly and buttery and it just disappears as soon as you put it in your mouth. The dough is a breeze to work with and it's so simple to make you won't believe it!

Traditionally these are made with guava fruit jam but you can use any kind of jam you like, they will taste just as great!

The recipe I have makes a ridiculous amount of cookies. I'm posting the full recipe but I usually make only 1/4, at the most 1/2 of the recipe because of the massive quantities of cookies that come out. Although, I'm pretty sure I could eat them all in one sitting!


2 cups cornstarch
2 cups confectioner's sugar (sifted)
4 cups flour
6 sticks of butter at room temperature (that's right SIX!!!)
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F.

Line cookie sheets with non stick mats or use a cooking spray.

Using a standing mixer with a paddle attachment cream the butter and vanilla until it is very light in color, approximately 10 minutes.

Add the dry ingredients and then mix on low until a uniform dough forms.

How easy is that??!!!

To form the cookies, you can make balls or use a pastry bag and drop the dough in about 1/2 inch circles.I like the pastry bag personally.You can use another pastry bag for the jam or a with a spoon add a small drop in the middle.

Bake for 12 - 15 minutes until the bottoms are slightly brown.

Make sure to leave enough space between these cookies as they expand in the oven!

Like so

When the cookies come out of the oven they will look like this

See how they grew? Doesn't seem like much, but they do grow quite a bit.


That jam center is great and makes all the difference!




  1. Very tasty tasty recipe.... coooool

  2. Thank you Huzaifa! It's very tasty indeed, hope you try it!



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