Canada Cornstarch Shortbread

Canada cornstarch shortbread
I have a really hard time making something more than once. My mentality is more, been there, done that and on to the next thing. If I do make something again, I generally have to tweak at least one aspect (which then leads to over-hauling everything).
When people are expecting certain traditional foods (especially during the holidays), this usually does not go over too well. Even if the end product is better than the original, it does not matter because it is NOT the original. There is something about the nostalgia of childhood memories that trumps the here-and-now flavour of a new and improved version.
I have definitely learned this the hard way. What can I say, I’m stubborn. The thing is, holiday baking, really the holidays in general, are about doing things that make other people happy. Sometimes creativity and experimentation have to be set aside in the name of tradition. There is nothing creative or innovative about shortbread cookies. But there does not have to be. Seeing my mom’s reaction to these Canada cornstarch cookies, I know that they took her back to a moment in her childhood, sitting in my grammie’s kitchen eating shortbread during the holidays. To me, that is more important, more satisfying than boosting my own ego by inventing something new any day. That is what it is all about, making people happy through the food and memories that mean most to them. That is validating.
Canada cornstarch shortbread
Canada cornstarch shortbread

Canada Cornstarch Shortbread

Makes 35-40 cookies

Ingredients
1 cup cornstarch
1 cup icing sugar
2 cups flour
1 ½ cup butter
Instructions
1. Sift together the cornstarch, icing sugar and flour. With a wooden spoon (or your hands) blend in the butter until it forms a smooth dough.
2. Portion the dough into balls. Place them on a parchment lined cookie sheet and flatten each with a fork. You can also top them with candied cherries or nuts if you like.
3. Bake at 300F for 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges.

Cool and enjoy.
Canada cornstarch shortbread

 

14 thoughts on “Canada Cornstarch Shortbread

  • December 19, 2013 at 11:43 am
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    I hate making the same thing twice also, but around Christmas…that kind of goes out the window! These are such fun cookies! I don’t think I’ve ever seen cornstarch used in shortbread before!

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  • December 19, 2013 at 3:32 pm
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    These are the classic Canadian shortbread cookies! I didn’t realize until I started baking that they were made with cornstarch but I definitely recognize them from every Christmas since I was a kid. I have never made them but I might have to add them to the holiday baking repertoire.

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  • December 19, 2013 at 7:59 pm
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    My problem with the whole – everyone has their favorite holiday item I have to make thing is that I need an excuse to bake. We’re not big dessert eaters, so unless there is something going on at the office, etc., I look forward to the excess of the holidays to try new things. Sadly, by the time everyone eats their favorites, there’s hardly room to cram in any of the new stuff. Love that you were able to bring those memories back to your Mom. 🙂 [#PinItThurs]

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  • December 19, 2013 at 8:57 pm
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    I also love experimenting and even when I love a recipe I often won’t repeat it for a long time, but I agree that tradition is more important around Christmastime, especially for making others happy! These cookies look so traditional and remind me of Christmas 🙂

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  • December 7, 2014 at 7:53 pm
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    salted or unsalted butter?

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  • December 21, 2017 at 12:51 pm
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    As a 66 year old who has made the recipe right from the side of the Canada Cornstarch box for years, never had shortening in these. Only butter. Absolutely the best recipe.

    1/2 cup Canada Corn Starch
    1/2 cup Icing Sugar
    1 Cup All Purpose Flour
    3/4 cup butter, I only ever used unsalted butter. This is right off the side of the box.

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