Orange Cornmeal Shortbread Bites

These just melt in your mouth…. and because you cut them into bite-sized pieces, they really don’t have any calories. So there’s that…..
Adapted from Food and Wine magazine.

1 3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup plus 2 T cornmeal
1/2 t salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temp
3/4 cup powdered sugar
2 t grated orange zest
1 t vanilla (or 1/2 t vanilla plus 1/2 t orange extract)

Beat the butter and powdered sugar until creamy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the orange zest, vanilla extract and salt. Add the flour and cornmeal and beat at low speed just until dough comes together. Pat the dough into a disk or square, wrap and refrigerate for one hour.

Preheat oven to 350ยบ.  Roll the dough into an 8″ round or square that is 1/2″ thick. Cut the dough into 1/2″ long strips and line them up on a parchment-lined baking sheet, leaving 1″ between them (I managed to cram them all on one because I ate like half the raw dough….). Chill the strips for 30 minutes and then bake for 20 minutes. As soon as you take them out, cut them into 1″ cubes. 

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