The natural sweetness of corn shines in these delicious corn cookies, which I adapted after trying Christina Tosi’s genius Corn Cookies from Momofuku Milk Bar in NYC.
My husband and I have an obsession with corn. Give us all the Cornbread, Corn Dip, and Corn Salad.
You’re thinking, well…I like corn too ya know.
But we don’t just like corn. We think it’s just about the greatest thing in the universe.
And this just might be the greatest use of corn we’ve ever experienced.
If you’ve ever been to Momofuku Milk Bar in New York City, this corn cookie might look a little familiar to you. My husband and I originally made our pilgrimage to Momofuku MB to try the famous Crack Pie, but when we got there, we ended up getting the crack pie + 10 other things, one of them being this irresistibly intriguing corn cookie.
We stared through the glass display and wondered, will that cookie ACTUALLY taste like corn?!
YES, it did. I went home to google the corn cookies and discovered that the secret to all the intense corn flavor was this stuff:
These are freeze dried corn kernels, and they are the key to these super corn tasting cookies.
The first thing you have to do is get the corn ground up into a powder, and I think the easiest way to take care of that is put the freeze dried corn in a bag and let a toddler go wild with a rolling pin (and if you don’t have a toddler, just bash it up with a rolling pin yourself).
Then, you go about the usual method for making cookies. You know, creaming the butter and sugar, adding the egg, then adding the dry ingredients, which include this corn powder and corn flour as well. You mix it until it’s a bit crumbly looking like this:
You take a big cookie scoop and portion out little mounds of dough onto a baking sheet:
Then flatten with your fingers a little bit:
Refrigerate the cookies for an hour (otherwise they’ll spread too much), and bake until golden brown and crisp on the edges, but chewy in the middle:
LOOK at the bottom of that cookie. Perfectly golden brown crisp:
My husband and I ate two sheet pans of these between the two of us in less then 24 hours. I know…but they really are that good. You can find freeze dried corn at Whole Foods or at Amazon, and keep in mind, freeze dried corn is a little expensive, but it’s because it’s an expensive process. It’s worth the splurge! Corn flour can also be found at Whole Foods or Amazon, or if your local grocery sells Bob’s Red Mill items.
And one last note, I made several changes to the original Momofuku recipe, mine have the whole “crisp on the edges chewy in the middle” thing going on. But if you want the softer completely chewy ones identical to the ones sold at Momofuku Milk Bar, here’s the original recipe.
- 16 tbsp unsalted butter at room temperature
- 1.5 cups sugar
- 1 extra large egg
- 225 g flour, by weight (or 1 1/3 cups, measured)
- 45 g corn flour, by weight (or 1/4 cup, measured)
- 65 g freeze-dried corn powder, by weight (or 2/3 cup, measured)
- 3/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, use the paddle attachment to spread the butter around the bowl. With the mixer on low, stream in the sugar, and cream on medium high for 1 minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, then add the egg and beat for another minute on medium high speed, until incorporated.
- Whisk to combine the flour, corn flour, corn powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add it to the mixer and mix on low speed until just combined (it may look crumbly, but should hold together).
- Portion out big mounds onto two baking sheets using a medium cookie scoop. Press each dough mound with your fingers to flatten slightly. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and bake the cookies for 18 minutes, until they are lightly browned on the outside. Let them cool on the pan until their shape has set enough that you can pick them up with a spatula. Enjoy!
Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.
29 Comments on “Corn Cookies”
Can you just chill the bowl of dough before baking or do you have to portion out the cookies? Hard to fit a cookie sheet in my fridge.
Yes. I prefer to portion individually because it chills a little quicker and more evenly, but you can simply do the bowl. Touch with your fingertips to make sure the middle of the bowl is chilled too.
I would like to know what happens to the component of corn when it is wet milled and sifted. What happens to that fibery texture that is left? Can it be used for baking?
Looks amazing! I feel silly cuz im looking at the original recipe you linked, then at yours, then back and forth a few more times… Still can’t tell the difference! Is the difference in the method only or is there something I’m missing in the ingredients list??
Your corn cookies are so tempting. Can I substitute the freeze dried kernels with canned kernels or creamed corn instead?
I think the corn has to be dried and not wet out of a can.
So, I wanted to let you know that yesterday my boss bribed me to help him with a project with one of these cookies from the Milk Bar. It was AMAZING. I remembered seeing this post before so I wanted to let you know about my ongoing Momofuku adventures 🙂 Are you coming back to NYC anytime soon? XO