These cookies are a favorite in Brazil. They are named “Maizena” because that is the brand name of their cornstarch. As you can see, these cookies are made with cornstarch and no flour. Delicious anytime of the year, and also great for a gluten-free diet. They are very light and melt in your mouth.
Biscoitos de Maizena
3 dozen cookies
2 cups cornstarch
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup butter, room temperature
Preheat oven to 375F. Either line a large baking sheet with parchment paper, silpad, or lightly butter.
Using mixer on low speed, combine cornstarch, sugar, egg, vanilla extract, and butter until well combined. Let the dough sit approximately 10 to 15 minutes before rolling into balls.
Roll the dough into 1-inch balls in the palm of your hand and place onto the prepared cookie sheet. Use the tines of a fork to make grooves on top of the cookies and to flatten them slightly.
Bake the cookies on the center rack of the oven for approximately 7 to 10 minutes depending on the size of your cookies. Remove from oven.
The cookies are very fragile when hot. Let them cool slightly before removing from the cookie sheet.