How to Make Deliciously Addictive Cornstarch Cookies
Surinamese Cornstarch Cookies are one of my favorite cookies. I have Surinamese roots and ever since I was a kid, that’s the one cookie I just can’t stay away from. Every birthday or party we had, the cookie was always there. When I started thinking about what to bake for Suriname for my “Baking Around the World” challenge there were many things that crossed my mind, but I decided to pick the simple, yet deliciously addictive cornstarch cookie. I’ll share other delicious Surinamese baking recipes another time 😉
I initially talked about cornflour as well as cornstarch in this recipe. This has however confused some people. I will stick with the U.S. naming convention for this recipe from now on and only talk of cornstarch. I have updated the recipe accordingly. What makes it confusing is that the product is called different in different countries. In this case, what you’re looking for is the white starch or maize which is derived from the corn (maize) grain.
Cornstarch according to Wikipedia:
Corn starch, cornstarch, cornflour or maize starch or maize is the starch derived from the corn (maize) grain.
Called cornstarch in the United States and Canada.
Although not a flour as such, called cornflour in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Israel and some Commonwealth countries. Distinct in these countries from cornmeal.
Make Your Own Surinamese Cornstarch Cookies
Making your own cornstarch cookies really isn’t that hard and it’s a fun as well. This is an ideal recipe to make with kids as well.
You start off by getting your ingredients together. Cornstarch, sugar, butter, egg, vanilla extract and hundreds and thousands sprinkles. (a full list of ingredients including measurements can be found in the recipe card below). The little colorful thing in the back is just a little pouch with the Surinamese flag on it. Represent!
Start by putting butter in a bowl.
Add the sugar.
Add the vanilla extract.
And mix until creamy.
Add in the egg and a pinch of salt. And mix until well combined and creamy. Make sure the egg has incorporated into the butter thoroughly.
Add the cornstarch and mix until combined until it starts to clump together.
You should end up with a nice soft dough that doesn’t stick to your fingers and you can easily shape into a ball. If the dough does stick don’t panic. A little bit of stickiness isn’t a problem, as long as you can shape the dough into a ball. If it is too sticky just add a little bit more cornstarch till the dough stops sticking.
If you’re going to make them I recommend you do it the traditional way and grab a fork and a little bowl of cornstarch and dip the fork in the cornstarch. Next, take the cookie dough and shape them into little balls.
Put our ball onto a lined baking sheet and using the fork, flatten the ball.
Dip the fork into the cornstarch again and press into the cookie again at another angle. This will form little pockets your sprinkles can fall into later.
You can also use a cookie press. Just fill the cookie press with the dough.
Put on your desired shape, any shape will do, be creative and see which shape works best for you.
And add press them on your lined bakingsheet.
Sprinkle all the cookies with hundreds and thousands. Make sure you’re using gluten free sprinkles if you’re making a gluten free cookie.
And they’re ready to go into the oven.
This is what they look like when they’re out of the oven. Nice light golden colour. Let them cool off on the baking sheet, they’re still fragile when they just come out of the oven so be patient and wait till they’ve cooled down before you take them off the sheet,
Don’t they look gorgeous?
On the left you can see the traditional round cookies and on the right on from the cookie press. The traditional one is slightly thicker than the other one but both are equally delicious. You’ll notice that the cookies are a little dry and can stick to the roof of your mouth a bit, that’s due to the cornstarch. It could feel a little strange to eat them, but I love them 🙂
These cookies always bring back good memories for me. One of my aunts is known for her cornstarch cookies, she makes the best ones. Whenever there’s a party she’ll bring the cookies and we eat them 😀
PLEAS NOTE: If you want to make a fully gluten free cookie, make sure to use gluten free hundreds and thousands. If you can’t find gluten free sprinkles you can make the cookies without the sprinkles as decoration.