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cornstarch: Cookie recipe and other uses?

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I just made a lemon cookie that included a cup and a half of cornstarch. ( 2 cups of flour).
I understand the uses of cornstarch as a thickening agent, but what is the purpose of using that much cornstarch in a cookie recipe?

I understand using cornstarch v flour in gravy means fewer calories, and a clearer gravy.

What else, besides thickening, is cornstarch used for in with more than a couple of tablespoons?

The cookies tasted ok, very tender ( a pound of butter ) which is a problem if one wants to transport. The frosting with lemon juice really carried the cookie.

Thanks for your thoughts.

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  1. Well, you've already identified why the cornstarch is in your recipe with the words "very tender" because cornstarch is typically included in recipes as an ingredient that improves the finished texture (generally creates a richer texture) of the product.