Gluten Free Italian Polenta Cookies

The season is upon us for indulgence, especially when it comes to food! Our Gluten Free Italian Polenta Cookies have just the right amount of crunch in every bite and are loaded with vanilla beans and fresh citrus zest. Honestly, these cookies have been a holiday favorite in our house for quite some time. They are great with tea or coffee, perfect for packing in the lunchbox, and are a real show stopper on a festive, dessert inspired cheese board! 

A dessert inspired cheeseboard with Gluten Free Italian Polenta Cookies, cheeses, fresh pomegranate, pan forte wedges, dried fruits, and nuts

What is an Italian Polenta Cookie? 

Italian Polenta Cookies are traditionally sandy in texture; sort of like a spritz cookie, but with a little added oomph from the polenta mixed into the batter. I love the way the polenta breaks between my teeth while the rest of the cookie sort of melts away. 

What is polenta? 

Polenta is essentially ground cornmeal. When shopping look for packages that say either “polenta” or “ground cornmeal” in your grocery store. It’s normally in the baking aisle and is sold in both boxes and bags. Typically, polenta retails for less than $5, but for some reason Amazon tends to mark the price up.

Gluten Free Italian Polenta Cookies on a serving board with wedges of citrus.

What do Gluten Free Italian Polenta Cookies taste like? 

This cookie has two major flavor components, vanilla and citrus. One doesn’t really overpower the other they just work in harmony bouncing around your taste buds until they fade away.

Do I need any special equipment to make Gluten Free Italian Polenta Cookies?

You’ll need the basic cookie combo of a stand mixer and a few cookie sheets, but for this recipe you will also need a large piping bag. I prefer to fit mine with a large star tip to create those beautiful ridges in the dough. 

A dessert inspired cheese board with gluten free Italian Polenta cookies

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Gluten Free Italian Polenta Cookies

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  • Author: This Mess is Ours
  • Yield: 2 1/2 dozen 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Holiday
  • Diet: Gluten Free


  • 1 3/4 cup gluten free all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup Italian polenta or coarse yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 large egg plus 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste or pure vanilla extract


  1. Whisk together the flour, polenta, and salt in a bowl.
  2. Place the butter, sugar, and orange zest in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat on medium-high speed for about 2 minutes or until pale and fluffy, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Add the egg and beat until combined then add the yolk and beat until combined. Mix in vanilla. Gradually add the flour mixture, and beat until the batter is juts combined. Transfer the batter to a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip. **See notes!
  3. On parchment lined baking sheets pipe S shapes about 3 inches long and 1 inch wide with about 1 1/2 inches of space between each cookie. Transfer the baking sheet to the freezer for 30 minutes until the dough is chilled and firm.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350°. Bake the chilled cookies in the oven for 15-18 minutes, rotating the sheets halfway through, until the edges of the cookies are golden. Cool the cookies on the sheet pans set on wire racks for about 5-10 minutes before transferring the cookies to the racks to cool the rest of the way. Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days.


The batter is very thick so use a large open star tip, like an Ateco #825, that way you can push the batter through easier.

Keywords: Christmas cookies, gluten free cookies, polenta cookies, Italian polenta cookies

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  1. Emilie December 11, 2014 at 5:12 am

    Can i make these cookies in advance and freeze them for a week ???

    Thank you

    1. Meg December 11, 2014 at 8:17 am

      Emilie, I have never tried that, but I don’t know why it wouldn’t work since you freeze them anyways. When I freeze them for baking they only get firm, not frozen solid, You ma have to increase the bake time a bit.

  2. Kristin December 10, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    YEAH! Looking fwd. to seeing all of these awesome cookie recipes! 😀

    1. Meg December 10, 2014 at 1:53 pm

      Thanks Kristin!!

  3. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet December 10, 2014 at 8:29 am

    So many beautiful cookies! I adore polenta cookies but it’s been so long since I had some! I need to try your recipe! They look fantastic!

    1. Meg December 10, 2014 at 8:36 am

      Anna, I had totally forgotten how much I love them until I made these. You must make some 🙂

  4. Gaby December 10, 2014 at 8:26 am

    This is the best time of year for baking!! They all look wonderful!

    1. Meg December 10, 2014 at 8:34 am

      Thanks Gaby!!


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