Nashville Poppy Seed Cornmeal Cookies

by Min Merrell
nashville cornmeal cookies

 Nashville Poppy Cornmeal  Cookies are addictive. Get the coffee ready!

The world can be divided into two kinds of people–big picture people and detail people. I’m a big picture gal who tires of constipated details and it is evident in all areas of my life. When I paint a room I like the roller and the big walls.  My trim work looks like a  mess. When I quilt, I tend toward an improvisational Gee’s Bend look, not scrolly fancy stitch work. There’s nothing any of us can do about our true nature except embrace what works.

Nashville Cornmeal Poppy Seed Cookies are big picture workhorse cookies that taste fantastic and look extremely homemade. 

Home bakers, why do you want your cookies to look like they came from a bakery?

Make them look like they came right out of your home oven. I really like the little ridge in the center of my cookies from the tw0-finger flattening you can still see after they are baked. There’s beauty in imperfection, and best of all, Nashville Cornmeal Poppy Seed Cookies are not too pretty to eat. 

The plain version of Nashville Cornmeal Cookies has been my go-to cookie for quite some time. The dough is extremely easy to work with and the cornmeal gives the cookies great texture. I’m sure I’ve got some more variations up my sleeve. I developed recipes for Martha White the famous southern flour and cornmeal brand in Nashville for many years so it’s in my blood to be a self-rising evangelist. Here’s a link to my home ec lab manuals for biscuits and cornbread.  These cookies contain self-rising cornmeal mix (the important historic modern convenience used by southerners for generations) which provides the leavening along with all-purpose flour. 

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