a ruler and a pencil. Mark a 1-inch border along each long side. From
these marks measure 3 inches toward the middle and make a mark. And
then center a 3-inch strip in the middle. Draw connecting lines. Place
the lined sheets on a table - it is easier to work with a pastry bag
at table height than at counter height.
large bowl of an electric mixer beat the butter with the salt, vanilla,
and sugar until well mixed. Then add the eggs one at a time, scraping
the bowl with a rubber spatula and beating until well mixed after
each. Stop the beater. Add the cornmeal and flour. Beat on low speed,
scraping the bowl with the rubber spatula, and beating only until
a 16-inch pastry bag with aplain round tube #3 that has a 5/16-inch
opening. Fold down a deep cuff on the outside of the bag. Work with
only about a third of the dough at a time: Place about a third of
the dough in the pastry bag. Unfold the cuff and close the top of
the bag by twisting it together. Squeeze the top of the bag to force
the dough down to the tip of the bag.
the guide lines, press out little sticks of the dough about as thick
as a pencil and only 3 inches long, leaving almost an inch of space
between the cookies.
off the dough at the end of a cookie it is usually enough to just
twist the bag a bit and pull it away from the cookie. But sometimes
that doesn't do it. Then press the point of the tube flat against
the cookie sheet. That will do it. If the paper slips out of place
while you are shaping the cookies, place a weight on one corner.
two sheets at a time for 15 to 20 minutes. The success of these depends
on careful timing. Please don't set a timer and walk away. Please
watch them frequently. Reverse the sheets top to bottom and front
to back once or twice during baking. Bake until the cookies are golden-colored
(they might be darker on the edges).
the cookies one at a time as they finish. Transfer baked cookies to
racks or to a large brown paper bag to cool and then store airtight.
If you bake one sheet alone bake it on the higher of the two racks.
One sheet alone will bake in less time.