I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for P.A.N. Cornmeal. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
Chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal cookies, shortbread cookies, sugar cookies, lemon crinkle cookies. Peanut butter cookies, earthquake cookies, macadamia nut cookies. What does all this show?
One thing is apparent: cookie variations are quite literally endless these days. I think we can agree that we all go crazy for cookies and can’t get enough of their crunchy, chewy, sweet, buttery flavors and textures. I often enjoy cookies with a hot cup of tea or coffee, a glass of icy cold milk or simply on their own. They’re perfect in any situation.
When following any cookie recipe, you can be sure that eggs, flour, butter and sugar will be your staple ingredients. Depending on the kind you make, you may add in chocolate, essences or flavorings or other delicious fillings such as dried fruits or nuts.
One cookie-ingredient that you may not have considered before is cornmeal. Cornmeal, a staple ingredient already used in most Venezuelan homes, is making its debut in America and proves an ideal addition to any food – cookies included. Sounds interesting, huh? Let’s take a closer look at things: corn, a native American food, is dried and ground into a fine consistency, making it into the cornmeal you and I know. It is rich in nutrients and versatility and therefore has fast become a staple food in countries all over the globe.
Cornmeal is high in fiber, iron and zinc, making it healthier than bleached white flour. P.A.N. Cornmeal is also naturally gluten free, making it a necessary pantry staple for gluten-intolerant people. It’s no wonder it’s the number one cornmeal in South America!
Cornmeal is generally enjoyed as grits for breakfast or as a core ingredient in breads (my personal favorite), though cornmeal in cakes and cookies is fast becoming popular too!
These quick and easy cornmeal cranberry cookies are simply irresistible. They are very similar in texture to sugar cookies, but are healthier thanks to the cornmeal. The melt-in-your mouth consistency will leave you going back for seconds and thirds. Guaranteed.
These cookies must be a staple cookie in your house. Therefore P.A.N. Cornmeal must be a staple in your pantry, too. If you’re after more scrumptious recipe ideas using cornmeal, visit the P.A.N. recipe ideas page.