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Cornmeal Raisin Cookies December 12, 2006

Posted by thelazychef in Cookies.

Finally! A batch of cookies!

I realised that its been a long long time since I last baked cookies… and well, I’ve been craving for cookies… hehe…

And so, with the newly bought cornmeal(I’ve been waiting very very long for this cornmeal… because I’ve been wanting to bake the famous Kenny Rogers corn muffins…), I decided to try this recipe.

The original recipe required me to chill the dough, then roll it out and cut. But, I think the cookie dough was far too soft, and in our crazily hot weather, the dough soften really faster than expected. So in the end, I scooped out small heaps of the dough, rolled them into a ball between my palms, then I lightly pressed them down onto the cookie tray.

Also, the original recipe was one that required vanilla essence… I have a huge bottle of pure vanilla essence(500ml!) which I picked up in Tijuana, Mexico when I was on my student exchange trip in the States. BUT, haha, I didn’t use it this time. Some how, my taste bud wanted something citrus-y and I grated in orange rind into the cookie mixture instead. Boy was I glad with the results! 

The little grittiness from the cornmeal, the orange fragrance, the chewy and slightly sour tasting raisin was a fantastic blend. Mmm… and guess what? I baked 3 dozen pieces yesterday and today, less than a dozen is left! haha… I guess it is a hit with everyone at home.

I think I’m gonna bake this for CNY next year… it is a really fragrant and yummilicious cookie which I’m sure people would enjoy. 🙂

Give it a try too… 🙂

What you’ll need:

  • 170 g butter, softened
  • 135 g white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 190 g all-purpose flour
  • 60 g cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Grated rind of 1 orange(about 1 teaspoon- 1 1/2 teaspoon) 
  • 70 g raisins

What to do:

  1. In a large bowl, blend butter and sugar until creamy. Add egg and beat well.
  2. In another bowl, stir together flour, cornmeal, baking powder and salt; gradually add to butter mixture. Add orange rind and blend thoroughly. Stir in the raisins.
  3. Form dough into ball, wrap tightly in plastic wrap, and chill until firm, about 1 hour.
  4. Scoop out 1 tablespoon of dough and roll into a ball between your palms. Place 1 inch apart on lightly greased cookie sheet, then flatten slightly.
  5. Bake in 350 degree F (175 degrees C) oven for 15-19 minutes or until edges are golden. Store in airtight container.


1. You may reduce sugar to about 110g if you do not want it to be too sweet. The original was 150grams.
2. The time required for the baking is dependent on the thickness and size of your cookie. Mine was rather large and thick, so it took a bit longer. Adjust accordingly. 🙂



1. Jian - December 18, 2006

hm natural vanilla….must be good. Heh, i like orange muffins. Smells fantastic. If you have time drop by my another blog in friendster.


and there’s a really nice dessert loop over at the profile’s page. Enjoy 🙂

2. sooi2 - January 1, 2007

happy new year to u lazychef! wishing u more great bakes for this yr!

3. Shirley - January 3, 2007

Hi lazy chef, I have been following yr recipes for a while now…tried some of the recipes too like the mango dessert, seacoconut dessert and chocolate cookies…I must say they are GREAT!!!! Juz want to thank you for the wonderful recipes….Btw, have you ever try to bake croissant before?

4. thelazychef - January 4, 2007

Hi all!

To Jian: Thanks for visiting! I like orange too! Really smells fab!

To sooi2: Happy new year to you! And yes, I’ve been very busy recently… but I’ll be baking more soon! hehe!!!

To Shirley: Thank you for being a supporter! And I’m glad you like my recipes! I have not tried baking croissants, however, if i’ll to do it without all the hassle, I’ll pop by the supermarket and get a pack of frozen puff pastry sheets and I’ll cut them into triangle shapes then roll them up and tada! Croissants! haha…

I’ve not tried making puff pastry on my own because it is rather time consuming, so, I normally take the easy way out and get the frozen ones instead. I must say, they’re pretty good… So, if you’re lazy like me ;), go ahead and use the frozen ones instead.

5. sandy - April 16, 2007

Hi R gal

My scoop a bit too big so i got less than 36 pcs.

It taste real fab orangey.

R the cookies suppose to be soft center. Mine are

6. thelazychef - April 21, 2007

Hi Sandy…

Yup.. mine were a little soft centred too… But I liked it that way.

Next time, if you want it to be more crisp, leave it in the oven for a little longer for it to brown more. 🙂

Nonetheless, glad you like the recipe.

7. starryger - November 29, 2007


which type of raisins did u use ? or which brand ? thanks.


8. karyn - January 14, 2009

May i know where to get cornmeal?

9. thelazychef - January 16, 2009

You can get it from Phoon Huat in Singapore.

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