Living The Sweet Life: Canada Corn Starch Grandma's ShortBread

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Canada Corn Starch Grandma's ShortBread

Well it's finally happened, something Canadian that isn't related to Eskimo's or Curling. Great eh? I'm Canadian and I'm proud of our Corn Starch.

So Spencer is baking again and he has pretty much perfected his shortbread cookies.

So here is the recipe right off of our Canada Corn Starch box. We used bulk cornstarch today because the store was out of our usual and they turned out just as great. So don't worry, I'm sure your American corn starch will do just the same. There's no secret ingredient or anything.


Click on the recipe, and a new window will open so you can print it out.


He used half a red cherry, then 1/4 of a green cherry cut in half again for the leaves. He made sure to dry the cherries so they didn't bleed down the sides of the cookies.


Pop them in the oven. He had to cook his longer than recommended by about 5 minutes but that could be our oven so watch for them to be a little brown along the bottom edges.


Perfection and they are so so SO good.

Update December 2010 - A friend of mine said shortbread was wonderful with unsalted butter.  I made these cookies with unsalted and they were blan - almost unedible, compared to what we were used to.  I wouldn't change a thing on this recipe, it's melt in your mouth perfection.  Deb

If you like these cookies, you might also like my chocolate dipped fortune cookies, or the Mr Christie Mint Chocolat log.  They're both under the Dec 2009 link on the right.

Subscribe to this blog - the baking is about to begin and I'll keep you updated!
I'm going to share the Original Reeses Peanut Butter Chip Cookies Recipe - I have the original label it's 25 years old!

23 comments:

  1. This is the best short bread recipe I have ever used.

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  2. Thank you so much for posting a picture of the box. I have been looking for the recipe but never quite sure its been the right one until now.

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  3. Thank you! My mum just called me to ask if I could find this, and your post popped up on the first page! :)

    Cheers!
    Aelwyn
    Hedgewitch Hollow

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  4. Thanks so much for the recipe! I'm a Canadian now married to a "Cajun" & living in Louisiana. I was so happy to find the "old recipe" that my girl friend back home had used for years & had gave to me....mmmm nothing like great memories of food & friends....Merry Christmas Debi

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  5. Thank you so much for showing the box! I know this is the one I have been looking for. My grandpa made these for years and I have been carrying on the tradition. The grocery stores were out of Canada boxes so I didn't have the recipe. These are the BEST shortbread!!

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  6. Thanks Deb for the Amazing Reciepe.
    I really wasnt a huge fan of shortbread before but now that i made them myself they are amazing. SO GOOD!!
    thanks

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  7. Glad you ladie are loving the cookies - you just can't go wrong with these.

    Debra

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  8. This is amazing... thank you so much for taking the time to put the box on the web site.. these are the only cookies my family will eat for short bread... you are the best.. thanks again...

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  9. i put raw cranberries in mine,with pistachios,or if you want sweeter, use dried cranberries,the sweetened ones

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  10. Just finished my first batch of Christmas shortbread using your recipe and they are great. Thanks for posting this as I had long since misplaced the recipe.

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  11. Hi,
    Mom always made these and we loved them, she left her recipe with each of us....her only secret was to double sift the dry ingredients not sure if it makes a difference, but they are so melt in your mouth delicious....

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  12. thanks so much for the box recipe, it's the only one I make but lost my recipe. Merry Xmas & Happy New year!
    Yolande

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  13. this is the only shortbread recipe I ever use. I, however, do adjust by just a little bit.
    I double it, and use equal amounts of cornstarch and flour, makes for a more melt in your mouth experience. I also change it up occasionally by either adding some ground almond or lemon zest.

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  14. this is great i live in ontario and haven't been able to find this recipe, the stores never seem to have the cornstarch box with the recipe on it, my family will be eager to eat these family favs this year, i like to add a little almond extract or vanilla but there are great just the way they are too

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  15. Best recipe ever......i have been using it for 25 years and every year I have to share the recipe.

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  16. Here's a hilarious story associated with the best shortbread cookies ever! I guess I was about 40 years old when I phoned my Mom in Winnipeg and asked her if she was ready to give me the "secret" family shortbread cookie recipe. Well, she hemmed and she hawed, saying she wasn't sure I was ready, until I finally lost my patience and said, "For heaven's sake, Mom, I'm 40 years old! How old do I have to be to be ready?" Finally, she relented and told me, "Just look on the Canada Cornstarch box." All those years of trying different recipes, and never getting one that produced that melt-in-your-mouth cookie, only to find that we shared our "secret" family recipe with millions of other people. I had to laugh, and I just had to share this with you here! These are by far the best and this is the ONLY recipe for shortbread I'll ever use again. The only way I tweak them is to use whole wheat pastry flour, just to keep them nutritious!

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  17. These were great. I made a thin glaze made with store-bought eggnog and icing sugar and glazed the tops added scant decorations and dried them on a cookie rack- OMG they were unreal!

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  18. This has been a favorite of our family for years as well. While our daughter was frantically searching through the recipe boxes for it I checked online and found your blog. She found it written out on a recipe card. Thanks for posting it, in case we ever do lose it!

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  19. This is our first Xmas without our mom and we wanted to have things this year that were memories of her and this is her favorite shortbread and if you've ever tasted them ....you know why...... fabulous. Mom always had good taste. thanks for posting the receipe.

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  20. THANK YOU!!! My first Christmas in the US and I went to make the annual Shortbread cookies and noticed the cornstarch with the recipe on the back isn't sold here! You saved Christmas :)

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  21. Thank you for posting the box! This is the only recipe my mom ever used (although she used a full cup of butter). If you mix it using your hands, the butter melts into the other ingredients. HEAVEN!!

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  22. Thank YOU!!! I am a Canadian, living out of the country since 1993 - and could never find this receipe. As someone else posted, thanks for putting a pic of the box, was never sure if I had the right one.

    Much appreciation!

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  23. This is the recipe I have been using for years, and I love it. I put everything in my Cuisinart, whip it around abit, then make the balls. I flatten them out with a flour-dusted stamp that has a christmas tree on it. They freeze well (so I have some for unexpected visitors.)

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