Zaletti {Polenta Cookies}


I saw those raised eyebrows ; ) Yes you read correctly that says polenta cookies.  But just give them a chance,  they’re not corn-y at all ; ) They do however have a gorgeous yellow thanks to the polenta. And there’s also grappa and dried fruit involved. Which makes these a must try in my book.

I made these special cookies for the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap! Masterminded and hosted by my lovely friends Julie of The Little Kitchen & Lindsay of Love and Olive Oil. There were over 600 of us crazy food blogging kids that signed up to swap cookies from both near and far! I sent a dozen of these beauties to : Caleigh’s Kitchen, Confessions of A Recipe Junkie,  & From Apples to Zucchini.

And I was the lucky recipient of cookies from Cassie of Bake Your Day and Carrie from Poet in The Pantry! I would have loved to have taken proper pictures of their DELICIOUS cookies but with 3 kids in the house they didn’t stand a  chance ; ) Thank you GIRLS! xoxo

I’m still waiting on box #3 and I’m wondering at this point if my mailman ate them ; )

This was a blast to participate in. If you’re interested in participating in next year’s Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap here is where you can find more INFORMATION.



Zaletti {Polenta Cookies}
What you’ll need: {makes 3 1/2 dozen}
3/4 cup craisins
3 tablespoons grappa
1/4 cup HOT water
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 cup polenta
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 egg + 1 additional egg yolk
zest from 1 large lemon
1/2 cup unsalted butter – melted

What to do:
1. Into a small bowl add: craisins, grappa and hot water. Stir. Allow to cool completely.

2. WHILE craisins are cooling, into the bowl of your mixer add: flour, polenta, sugar, salt and baking powder. Using the paddle attachment, mix to combine.

3. Add: eggs, lemon zest and butter. Mix to combine. Add craisins and liquid from bowl. Mix together until mixture is dough like {dough will be very sticky}

4. Cut dough in half. Transfer each half to a sheet of plastic wrap. Chill for approximately 45 minutes – 1 hour OR until firm.

5. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Form a log with the chilled dough. Cut dough into 1″ sections.

6. Place dough onto a rimmed baking sheet lined with a silpat. Bake for approximately 13-15 minutess OR until lightly golden. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Buon Appetito!


  1. 1

    Will have to try these. They read and look so delicious.

  2. 2

    These look amazing, Paula. Wish I could have tried them! I’m so glad you and your family liked my cookies!

  3. 3

    I am jealous of your swap partners. Even though I got delicious cookies. Darn you!

  4. 4

    Oh, yum! These sound so good!

  5. 5

    Love the polenta twist – delicious, I’m sure, with the dried cranberries.

  6. 6

    My Italian grandmother would LOVE these, specifically the grappa part. She’s a fiesty one 😉

  7. 7
    Mary Cooper /

    Wow – I love polenta, although the rest of my house isn’t as big a fan! But these cookies might change their mind 😉 Thank you!

  8. 8

    Mmmmm polleennnttaaaaa 😀

  9. 9

    Oh my! I love this cookie idea. I can’t imagine them being corny at all…just nummy 😀

  10. 10

    Mmm…these sound wonderful. I bet they have a wonderful texture from the polenta.

  11. 11
    Leesie /

    oh bless your little heart, Paula. These look so pretty and sound so different. You had me at polenta…and grappa took me over the edge.

  12. 12

    You are so cute! You, my dear, are the corny one (and I mean that in the most affectionate way possible). Love these polenta cookies, what a great swap to receive!

  13. 13

    I would love these! I love cornmeal/grits in baked goods!!

  14. 14

    I’ve made polenta cookies before and loved them! The crumbly texture of the polenta is great.

  15. 15

    YAY! Now I’ve got the recipe 🙂 these cookies are not corn-y at all. Yummy light cookie perfect with a cup of tea or coffee!

  16. 16

    Craisins + Polenta + GRAPPA — oh my… Sounds fantastic!!

  17. 17

    Yep, I raised my eyebrow… the polenta cookie intrigued me and of course your photos are amazing as always. I can’t wait to give this a try!

  18. 18

    You are completely right, these cookies are a must try!! Michelle is SO nice! She sent me some all the way to the Dominican Republic! Delicious!

  19. 19

    These look awesome!

  20. 20

    These rocked my world.

  21. 21

    I bet the texture in these beauties is spectacular. Polenta is amazing in baked goodies.

  22. 22

    Looks delicious! I can’t wait to try this! Also, visit me over at The Savvy Kitchen ( to enter my giveaway!

  23. 23

    This is my kind of corny!!!

  24. 24

    This is one of the more original cookie recipes I’ve seen this year. I LOVE it!!!!!

  25. 25

    So colorful…and so delicious! Love this. I was in the cookies swap too! So much fun!

  26. 26

    These really look good. Love the idea of a Polenta cookie…and the craisins sound like a perfect match with this cookie.

  27. 27


    Love reading all the recipes in your blog, and can’t wait to try the zaletti. I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Last week I was nominated by Cultural Comments Blog from Vernazza, Italy. You can see your nomination with the rules here:
    Again, thank you for all that you share. Buon Natale.

  28. 28

    These look wonderful!!!


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