I *Heart* Cookies!

I love cookies! As a child I used to introduce myself as Krysta Cookie Monster. I seriously love cookies. I don't think I have met a cookie I did not like. When other people would rather have ice cream or cupcakes or doughnuts, if offered I would take a cookie instead. In high school, breakfast used to be a Coke and some Oreos. Chocolate Chip Cookies were the second thing I learned how to cook. My kids have learned how to bake so they can enable their mom's cookie addiction. Do they have a C. A.? (cookies anonymous) I think bakeries are the equivalent of some women's shoe stores. All the pretty cookies lined up in a pretty pink box. Heaven! I think you catch the drift of what I am saying. I *heart* cookies!

Cornmeal Sugar Cookies (Gourmet Magazine July 2007)

2/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup yellow cornmeal

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 stick unsalted butter, softened

1/3 cup confectioners sugar

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

granulated sugar for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 350 degrees with rack in the middle. Whisk together flour, cornmeal, cornstarch, and salt. Blend together butter, confectioners sugar, vanilla, and zest in a food processor until creamy, about 30 seconds. Scrape down side of bowl, then add all of flour mixture and pulse until dough just begins to come together. Roll out dough on a well-floured rolling pin to 1/3 inch thick. Cut out as many rounds as possible with a 2-inch round cookie cutter or a drinking glass and transfer to an ungreased large baking sheet. Reroll scraps and cut out more rounds. Sprinkle tops with granulated sugar. Bake until undersides are pale golden, 12-14 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool.

*A couple of notes:

*This recipe only makes 18 cookies.*WTF* You have to double or triple the recipe to feed the cookie monster and her little monsters.

*I prefer Meyer lemons to regular lemons for the lemon zest. It gives the cookies a more subtle taste.

*My oldest sous chef Katie and I think you could do a citrus cookie, maybe key lime or orange. Also, we think you could make a savory cookie by swapping out the sugar, vanilla and lemon zest and add rosemary or fennel or maybe a cracked pepper with some orange zest. Tasty.

Me: singing in Cookie Monster's Voice

I heart cookies

Yes, I do

I heart cookies

How 'bout you?