Buttery Gluten-Free Corn Cookies Recipe

Photograph: Elizabeth Barbone

These flavorful corn cookies take a page from the Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook, combining freeze-dried corn powder and a whole lot of butter for a sweet dessert somewhere between buttery corn on the cob and a buttery bowl of Cap'n Crunch.

Why this recipe works:

  • Finely ground cornmeal and corn "powder", made from freeze-dried corn, combine to make a strongly, but not overwhelming, flavored corn cookie.
  • Creaming the butter, sugar, and egg together for 7 minutes helps the cookies to spread into thin, crispy cookies.

Notes: These buttery corn cookies require "freeze dried corn powder." To make it, processes freeze dried corn kernels in a food processor until fine. Corn powder can also be purchased online from Milk Bar. As for the corn flour, it's a very finely ground cornmeal, and gluten-free versions are sold by companies like Bob's Red Mill. These cookies bake up very buttery. If you want a slightly less buttery cookie, reduce the butter from 2 sticks to 1 3/4 sticks.

Recipe adapted from Momofuku Milk Bar by Christina Tosi (Clarkson Potter, 2011)

Recipe Facts

Active: About 30 mins
Total: 3 hrs 30 mins
Makes: 24 cookies

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  • 1 1/4 cups (5 ounces) white rice flour, plus more for dusting
  • 2/3 cup (2.2 ounces) freeze-dried corn powder (see note)
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) corn flour (see note)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter at room temperature (see note)
  • 1 1/2 cups (10 1/2 ounces) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg


  1. Whisk together white rice flour, corn powder, corn flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.

  2. Combine butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle. Beat at medium-high speed for 2 minutes. Turn off mixer and scrape down the bottom and side of the bowl and the paddle with a rubber spatula. Add egg mix at medium-high speed until very light and airy, about 7 minutes. Scrape down the bottom and side of the bowl and the paddle attachment once more.

  3. Add the dry ingredients and turn mixer to medium-low speed. Mix until dough comes together, about 1 minute. Scoop the dough using a #40 cookie scoop (about 1 1/2 tablespoons each) onto a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet. Using the bottom of a drinking glass dusted with white rice flour, press down lightly on each cookie to flatten. Wrap the baking sheet tightly in plastic and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 3 days.

  4. Center oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. Place 6 dough balls about 4 inches apart on one of the parchment-lined baking pans.

  5. Bake until cookies are golden brown, about 15 minutes. Allow cookies to cool on for 5 minutes. Using a metal spatula, transfer cookies to wire rack to cool completely. Store cookies in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Repeat with remaining batter, alternating baking sheets between each batch so that you are always baking on a cool sheet. Store cookies in airtight container on the counter for up to four days.

Special equipment

Rimmed baking sheet, cookie scoop

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