Cornstarch cookies

Cornstarch Cookies are delicious and soft cookies that our grandmothers used to make, and they bring back fond memories for all of us.

Their dough is very similar to that of “cornstarch rings”, but since these cookies are shaped like little balls instead of large rings, they crumble into crumbs when you bite them and are slightly less crunchy. They are more similar to the “cookies” of “ cornstarch alfajores” , but those are sandwiched with dulce de leche.

Tips for preparing maizena cookies:

  1. Mix all the dry ingredients and sift them: This is always recommended when making cookies, but in this case, it is even more important since the maicena is so fine and dry, it could form lumps.
  2. The butter should be at room temperature to mix well with the rest of the ingredients. If it’s not, you can fill a large bowl with boiling water, let it warm up for a few minutes, and then carefully empty it. After that, place it upside down on top of the butter like a dome. After a few minutes, the butter should be significantly softer due to the heat from the bowl. Don’t melt it completely, as the cookies could turn out hard.
  3. If you want, you can replace the orange juice with mandarin or lemon juice, or even use an aromatic liqueur like Cointreau, Amaretto, or Triple Sec.
  4. When adding the dry ingredients, it’s better to do it with your hands, but just mixing everything together without kneading.
  5. When baking, the cookies should not brown on top, as they could turn hard.
  6. It’s better to let them cool before removing them from the baking sheet and handling them since they are very fragile when hot.

How long do they last and how to store cornstarch Cookies?

Once they are ready, you can store them in a cookie tin or an airtight container with a paper napkin at the bottom (to absorb moisture) for up to 1 week.

Cornstarch cookies

Cornstarch Cookies are delicious and soft cookies that our grandmothers used to make, and they bring back fond memories for all of us.

Course cookies
Cuisine international cuisine, latin cuisine
Keyword cornstarch cookies, cornstarch cookies whitout condensed milk, maicena cookies, maizena cookies
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 132 kcal


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 4.4 oz salted butter, at room temperature (125 grams)
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest only the orange part
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F (180°C).

  2. Beat the butter with the powdered sugar until they are slightly foamy and pale. Continue beating and add the egg yolks one at a time. Then add the rest of the ingredients (sifted flour and cornstarch) until you get a crumbly dough.
  3. Take a portion of the dough about the size of an egg yolk and press it to form a ball. Then knead it between your hands to make it smoother (this might be the part that the mini gourmet might find challenging) and place it on a buttered baking sheet, leaving some space between them.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes or until they are lightly golden on the bottom. Let them cool and enjoy!
  5. I hope you find this translated and converted recipe helpful. Enjoy your delicious cookies!

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