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Kyekyire paano cookie from Ivory Coast

Posted by on 2 May, 2015
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Kyekyire paano cookie from Ivory Coast

I still had some cornflour left over from my champurrada cookie from Guatamala and was looking for a cookie to use it up with. I am glad I found this traditional Kyekyire paano cookie from Ivory Coast. I like the look and taste of this elegant little crunchy dome with its subtle lemon and nutmeg aromas. Since the Spaniards shipped the first corn to Africa around 1500 the plant has become one of the largest staple crops in West Africa. It is used in many dishes, but is most popular as fufu – a finely pounded mash that is eaten to accompany stews and other dishes. Be careful when you are baking this cookie. Both times I was roasting the corn flour, the fire alarm went off even though I could not see any smoke at all!




1925 kyekyire paano ingredienten

all the ingredients

Kyekyire paano cookie from Ivory Coast

For about 15 cookies

100 grams (¾ cup) cornflour
60 grams (½ cup) sugar
70 grams (½ stick + 1 tablespoon) unsalted butter (room temperature)
1 egg
100 grams (1 scant cup) flour
pinch of salt
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
grated rind of ½ (unwaxed) organic lemon




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roast the cornflour


Preheat the oven to 180°C / 350°F. Spread out the corn flour over a baking sheet and roast in the middle of the oven for about 20 mins. Stir to mix regularly for the corn to roast evenly.






1953 kyekyire paano add egg

butter, sugar and egg


With an electric mixer beat the sugar with the butter for about 5 mins. until light and creamy.
Beat in the egg.





1962 kyekyire paano dry ingredients

everything in 1 one bowl


Mix the cornflour with the flour, the salt, the nutmeg and the lemon rind.





kyekyire paano soft dough

a soft dough


Add to the butter mixture and knead into a soft dough.





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little balls


Roll little balls of the dough and place them on a cookie sheet covered with baking paper. Leave some space between the dough so the cookies can spread. Bake in the middle of the oven for 15-20 mins. or until the cookies are lightly browned.

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