Heart Glazed Cornmeal Cookies

 When I think of cornmeal I think of dusting a pan before putting down pizza dough or cornbread.  However, these Heart Glazed Cornmeal Cookies were a delicious surprise. 

I am not sure if I would have tried these cookies unless I saw them in Everyday Food Magazine back in 2011. I had never eaten a cookie made from cornmeal before and not sure what to expect, but they made them look so cute.

I recently remade these Valentines Day Cookie because I needed to supply a dessert to teachers this Valentines Day.

cornmeal cookies held up above white platter filled with cookies


Make the cookie dough as you would any cookie,  beat the sugar and butter together to a fluffy consistency then gradually add the flour mixture.

scooping out cookie dough with mini ice cream scoop

Using a small cookie scoop, make 1 inch balls of dough.  I also rolled them after using the scoop. 

rolling cookie dough ball in sugar

Dip each ball into granulated sugar, like you would Peanut Butter Cookies. 

how to flatten a cookie with a measuring cup

Using a glass or measuring cup, press each ball down into about 1 1/2 inches.  This can be sticky but I found that the sugar coating did the trick. You can dip your glass/ measuring cup in a little sugar if its an issue. 

How to make an imprint a design into a cookie.

how to imprint a cookie with a cookie cutter

Use a small cookie cutter and slightly press into the cookie.  Do not press all the way into the cookie.  It was amazing that this simple technique resulted is the perfect pattern to fill with a colored glaze.

baked cornmeal cookies with heart imprint in the middle on a cooling rack

How to make a powdered sugar glaze for cookies

Simple water and powdered sugar with a little vanilla.

adding frosting inside the heart of the cornmeal cookies for valentines day

Be sure to make the glaze a thick consistency or you will get some mess ups.  We put our glaze into a piping bag with a small tip to for easy application

What do cornmeal cookies taste like?

The taste was actually really good. They were sweet but not overwhelming, more of a short bread cookie with a little texture. The kids and adults in the house ate them up!!

cooling cookies with pink frosting in heart shape

There really is not an overpowering cornmeal taste just a little crunch in each delicious bite 


This is the full recipe that yields 40 cornmeal cookies for Valentines Day.  Allow the glaze to set up for at least an hour before trying to put them in any container. 

We placed parchment paper in between the layers to preserve the glaze as well. 

These cornmeal cookies make a great addition for a Valentines day cookie platter.

Heart Glazed Cornmeal Cookies on a white platter

Other Valentines Day Cookies

Layered Cookies In a Jar-Valentine Cookie Gift

Valentines Day Recipe: Cookies and Creme Cookie Recipe

Perfect Puppy Shape Valentines Day Cookies

No Bake Valentines Day Treats



Heart Glazed Cornmeal Cookies

Heart Glazed Cornmeal Cookies

Yield: 40 cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

A delightful cornmeal short bread cookie that is imprinted with a heart and finished off with a powdered sugar glaze.


  • 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 temp
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg (room temperature)
  • 1 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1 to 2 drops red or pink food coloring or gel


    Preheat oven to 400'. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, cornmeal and salt. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and 1/2 cup of granulated sugar on medium-high until creamy, 3 mins.

    Add egg and 1 tsp vanilla and beat until combined. with mixer on low, gradually add flour mixture and beat to combine.

    Put 1/4 cup granulated sugar in a small bowl, using a ice cream scoop, create 1 inch balls. Then roll dough into 1 inch balls and coat with sugar. transfer to parchment-lined  baking sheets.

    With the bottom of a glass, flatten balls to 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Lightly Press a 1 inch heart shaped cookie cutter into each. Do not cut through.

    Bake until cookies are golden at edges, 10 mins rotating cookies sheets halfway through. Let cookies cook on wire racks.

    In a small bowl, whisk together confectioners sugar, 1/4 tsp vanilla, and 1 3/4 teaspoons of cold water. Whisk in food coloring. With a small spoon or a filled pastry bag with a small tip, spread glaze inside heart. Let set at least 15 mins. 40 cookies.

    (store plain cookies in airtight container for up to 4 days)

Nutrition Information
Yield 40 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 53Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 5mgSodium 31mgCarbohydrates 11gFiber 0gSugar 5gProtein 1g

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