Cinnamon Shortbread Cookies

Cinnamon Shortbread Cookies

Wow, this past week was extremely busy! I’ve been on the hunt for a new vehicle for some time now and Saturday I finally went out and took a test drive. It was difficult because I’m definitely an impulsive buyer. I. want. things. NOW. (especially shoes, but more on that later). When I got into the car and took a whiff of that new car smell… I was sold. As I drove around, I drifted off towards new car heaven, daydreaming of heated leather seats and navigation. The only thing standing between me and those pearly white gates? A hefty price tag and my hubby, who I realized, as I floated back down to earth, was seated sternly next to me. Bummer.

So after much pouting, whining, sulking, etc. all night long, I finally got to sleep and awoke early Sunday morning with my favorite activity at the top of my agenda: baking! I got my first official paid baking order that I fulfilled this weekend. It was so exciting! I got to make 36 cupcakes; half chocolate and half vanilla. I made four different frostings to top the cupcakes and bought some super cute decorations. And the best part? After all was said and done, I actually got to send the cupcakes away!! No worrying about finding people to eat them so they wouldn’t go to waste and definitely no worrying about me gobbling down 5 cupcakes in one sitting. Although Phil would have appreciated the latter much more. Sorry Phil.

Cinnamon Shortbread Cookies

Sadly, my recipe for you this week does not have to do with cupcakes. Instead, it’s cinnamon shortbread cookies! These are delightfully refreshing. If chocolate isn’t your favorite thing in life and you enjoy lighter desserts, this is for you! Now don’t freak out when you read the ingredients… I’m going to warn you now. The cookies contain cornmeal. WHAT? I know, it’s weird. Trust me though, when you bite into these you don’t taste cornmeal. You taste cinnamony, buttery goodness. Mmmm. Go now, try them for yourself!

Cinnamon Shortbread Cookies

Serves 36
Prep time 45 minutes
Cook time 1 hour, 50 minutes
Total time 2 hours, 35 minutes
Meal type Dessert
Cinnamon shortbread cookies made with cornmeal


  • 1 cup butter (room temperature)
  • 2/3 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal


1. Cream butter and sugar together.
2. Add cinnamon and vanilla and beat on medium for 2 minutes.
3. Slowly add in flour and cornmeal, beating until just combined.
4. Divide dough into two equal pieces and form into two squares on wax paper.
5. Wrap each square of dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
6. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
7. On a floured surface, cut dough into cookie sized pieces, about 1/2 inch in width or slightly smaller.
8. Place cookies on an ungreased baking sheet about an inch apart. Prick with a fork.
9. Bake for 18 minutes or until edges are slightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.


  1. 1

    Ooh I LOVE cornbread which means I love cornmeal in almost anything!!! That sounds like a delicious grainy-textured addition to these cookies. Also, are you a professional baker? Yay for your first paid order!!
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    No, I’m not a professional baker, although I wish I were. lol. It’s my dream to open a bakery some day!! I actually didn’t really start cooking or baking until about 3 years ago when we moved into our first house. I definitely never went to culinary school!
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    I love cornmeal in cookies! I bet it would be great in shortbread. Thanks for the recipe, I’ll definitely give it a try.

  4. 6

    This shortbread sounds amazing. I found your blog through another blogger (Erika), and I’m so glad I did. You have such a beautiful site.

    I think you and I would have a great time shopping together. I happen to be the same way. I find something I want and I have to have it…ASAP! I won’t stop thinking about it until I get it. I have a diesease, I know.

    • 7

      Hey Jennie! Thanks so much, I’m glad you like my site! I’ve actually been following you on twitter for a while now. I went over and checked out your site and it’s great! :)

      It sounds like we would absolutely have a great time shopping, lol! I was pretty proud of myself that I was able to walk away from the car that day!
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