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Grismelli – Vanilla Scented Cornmeal Cookies

Grismelli-Cookies

Years ago Earl Darny was the pastry chef at Bay Wolf Restaurant in Oakland, one of my favorites in an area filled with amazing restaurants. Earl gave me this recipe saying, “This is one of my favorite cookies.” He later went on to open his own bakery.

I finally made them for the first time this afternoon; they’re fairly addictive.

They aren’t very sweet and the cornmeal gives them an appealingly gritty texture. Initially I tried them plain and then I decided to give them a light dusting of powdered sugar. Sorry Earl; they taste great!

I have taken another liberty with the original recipe. Earl scraped seeds from a vanilla bean and added 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. I used vanilla paste instead, a time saver with a rich vanilla flavor. You should make these and serve them with tea or Port or just by themselves.

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is an author, educator, culinary historian, and owner of The Vanilla Company (www.vanillaqueen.com), a socially conscious, product-driven information and education site dedicated to the promotion of pure, natural vanilla, and the support of vanilla farmers worldwide. She also does culinary presentations for food professionals, cooking schools, trade shows, food fairs, and private groups, and is a regular radio and TV guest.
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