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While a super sugary treat certainly has its place, we’re more often inclined to choose a snack that’s sweetened just enough—which is why we’re enamored with Brian Levy’s new cookbook, Good & Sweet. It’s full of recipes that rely on natural sources of sweetness instead of refined sugar. In the case of this rosemary-lemon shortbread, it’s corn. (Believe it!)
“I can’t imagine a better use for freeze-dried sweet corn than in these cookies,” he writes, “in which it melds with the rosemary and butter in a magical way.”
Excerpted from Good and Sweet Copyright © 2022 by Brian Levy. Published by Avery, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.
13½ tablespoons (200g) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for the pan(s)
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
Zest of ½ lemon
1⅓ cups (185g) all-purpose flour
7 tablespoons (40g) cornstarch
1¾ cups (70g) freeze-dried sweet corn
½ cup (70g) date sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
1. Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat it to 300°F. Lightly grease two 6-inch round metal pans or one 8-inch square metal pan with butter and line with parchment paper.
2. In the bowl of an electric mixer (or in a bowl with a hand mixer), beat the softened butter with the rosemary and lemon zest on medium-high speed until it’s creamy.
3. In a food processor, combine the flour, cornstarch, freeze-dried corn, date sugar and salt. Pulse a few times to break up the corn, then continue to process for about 1 minute to pulverize everything to a fine powder.
4. Scoop half the dry ingredients into the butter and mix just until all the dry ingredients are moistened. Add the remaining dry ingredients, and pulse just until it forms an even, loose, sandy texture.
5. Empty the dough into your parchment-lined pan(s) and press it very hard (use your body weight) with your fingers and the heel of your hand to form a level surface. Use a fork to gently score lines that divide the dough into 16 cookies (8 wedges each if you are using round pans; 16 squares if you are using a square pan).
6. Bake until golden, 25 to 30 minutes. Just after taking the shortbread out of the oven, with the shortbread still in the pan(s), use a sharp knife to slice along the scored lines. Cool completely before serving (they are even better after a couple of hours) and store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.