Cornmeal provides healthy whole grains, adding a lovely crumbly texture to these Italian cookies. Olive oil contributes good fats and a pleasant fruitiness.
- Yield: Makes 2 dozen
Source: Whole Living, December 2012
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup stone-ground yellow cornmeal
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 cup granulated cane sugar
- 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
- 1 cup dried cherries
- 1 cup shelled pistachios
Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk flour, cornmeal, coconut, baking powder, and salt.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix eggs, sugar, oil, and zest on medium speed until well combined. Reduce speed, add flour mixture, and mix until just combined. Fold in cherries and pistachios.
Transfer dough to a parchment-lined baking sheet and pat into a 14-by-4-inch log. Bake until firm and golden, 30 to 35 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and reduce oven to 325 degrees.
Once cool, transfer log to a cutting board and, using a serrated knife, cut diagonally into 1/2-inch slices. Arrange slices on parchment-lined baking sheet and bake, rotating halfway through, until just golden around the edges, 15 to 18 minutes. Let cool completely.