Italian Parmesan Corncakes
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Italian Parmesan Corn Cakes



I've found that when I serve my kids anything in the form of a pancake, whether it’s sweet or savory, it's generally quite popular with them. There's something about letting kids eat food with their hands that, in my experience, makes mealtime more fun for them. Considering how powerful our sense of touch is, getting to hold your food in your hands can really heighten the eating experience. It may not exactly be great kitchen table etiquette to eat with your mitts, but once in a while it sure is fun.

These Italian Parmesan Corncakes have a crunchy texture from the cornmeal and a savory flavor from the Parmesan. Dipping them in a side of marinara sauce just brings it all together and really makes them hit the spot. Originally I had planned to cut up the corncakes for the kids, but before I could get to their plates with my fork and knife, they were already in their hands and mouths — my pancake theory proven yet again. But whether it's the novel shape that makes them so appealing to little ones or simply how delicious they smell coming out of the skillet, these corncakes are just plain ol’ delicious!

Italian Parmesan Corn Cakes  (Serves 4)

  • Prep Time: 12 mins,
  • Cook Time: 8 mins,
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I've found that when I serve my kids anything in the form of a pancake, whether it’s sweet or savory, it's generally quite popular with them. There's something about letting kids eat food with their hands that, in my experience, makes mealtime more...


  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 teaspoon dried italian herbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
  • additional oil for cooking


  1. 1. In a bowl, combine the first six ingredients.
  2. 2. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg, milk and oil.
  3. 3. Slowly combine the dry ingredients with the wet and allow the batter to rest for 10 minutes.
  4. 4. After resting, pour 1 tbsp of oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  5. 5. Place 1 tbsp of the cornmeal batter in the skillet (making as many corncakes as possible) and cook for 2 minutes on each side or until golden.
  6. 6. Continue to make the rest of the cakes.
  7. 7. Serve with marinara sauce on the side for dipping.

Accompaniments: marinara or tomato sauce

Italian Parmesan Corn Cakes

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  2. Dina

    April 19, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Loved these! I’m thinking these would be great for a play date with a lot of kids. Thanks!

  3. Areny

    February 3, 2014 at 7:38 am

    I have to say, I totally diaserge with your assessment of the Banana Butter Scotch cake. I would honestly say, this would be listed in my top 3 of the layered cakes most likely number one. Well, that is until we break out the next chocolate cake. When is that going to be again?!

  4. Meredith S.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:34 am

    I have 3 picky eaters in my house (including the hubby) and each of them dislike different things. This was a HUGE HIT for us all! My 6 y.o. daughter ate 4 and my 4 y.o. daughter ate 2. These were tasty and super easy to make. Might I add that they came together quickly and were great for a busy weeknight!

  5. Naomi G.

    January 22, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    My son is 15 months and going through a picky stage. Gobbled these up! I made half the batch with some ground up chick peas and an extra splash of oil for moisture, and those are perfect too.

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  8. Nelzay

    November 21, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    This is a twist of a latin Arepas. I mixed it with sweet corn cream and they were very good. Perfect for those days when creativity is away..

  9. Martha

    July 8, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Just tried these tonight. My son just turned 4 this week, and he ate most of one. I’ll consider that a hit. We served ours marinara for dipping and green beans cooked in a little olive oil and italian seasonings. I like the other comment that mentioned serving it with a bean soup. I may try that in cooler weather.
    I just found your site through a Cool Mom Picks email, and I’m so glad I did! My son’s older than I guess your original target audience is/was, but he’s so picky and these all look like great recipes.

  10. Missy

    July 6, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    I’m making these tonight to go with our meatloaf. I just found the recipe and have just enough time before dinner to make them. Hoping they’ll go over well with my kids! Thanks for the recipe!

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    • Missy

      July 6, 2011 at 5:07 pm

      These were awesome! I tried one without the marinara and thought it was good. But then I dipped it into the marinara…WOW!!! What a great snack this will be! My kids each ate 1/2 of one, but they were more interested in the green beans and cooked apples on their plates…go figure! :). Thanks again for this recipe!

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  12. Coralee

    May 7, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    These were great, I omitted the salt and sugar, and added some garlic powder. I was surprised when even my 1 yr old, who is very picky about texture, gobbled these up. Thanks for this delicious recipe, I will be making these again.

  13. Meredith (Bird)

    April 27, 2011 at 8:02 am

    thought you might want to label these gluten free for the gf community to find on your site :) they look wonderful, i’m making them today

    • Meredith (Bird)

      April 27, 2011 at 10:28 am

      these turned out perfect! thank you catherine for this wonderful recipe and I got my son who’s got sensory issues and is on the Autism spectrum to eat them too! hooray! I don’t see a cookbook on your site, are you coming out with one?

  14. Dana

    April 18, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    My 2 1/2 year old loved these! I added a little garlic powder to the batter after making hers. It adds a little more flavor for my taste.

  15. zaee

    April 16, 2011 at 4:28 am

    delicious! i have some unused batter. how long will it stay in the fridge?

    • Whitney

      April 16, 2011 at 10:38 am

      I haven’t tried freezing them, but since they’re so similar to pancakes I would make up the rest and freeze them between sheets of wax or parchment paper. Whenever I make pancakes I cook up a double batch and freeze half. Then I can pop them in the toaster in the morning and my kids have fresh pancakes and I don’t have to do any work. I would think these would work similarly.

      • zaee

        April 27, 2011 at 9:32 am

        i left the batter in the fridge for 2 days and used it to make a fresh batch and it was still as good. i might just make some and freeze next time.

  16. Mya

    April 14, 2011 at 7:01 am

    These were great! Thanks for a great gluten free recipe!

  17. mirella

    April 12, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    what would you serve these with? i try to always give my kids a protein, veggie and starch at dinnertime. not sure what to pair this with but they sound delicious!

    • Jamie

      May 22, 2011 at 3:38 pm

      Spaghetti and meatballs. I am using these in place of garlic bread..

  18. Kelly B

    April 11, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Looks SOOOO yummy!

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  19. Catherine

    April 11, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    I made these tonight for my son and he ate 1 out of 2 cakes. I consider this a success :-) I used goat dry jack cheese in place of parm cheese.

  20. cristina

    April 11, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    i make similar ones ,i am usually adding fresh corn kernels to them

  21. Lucy

    April 11, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    i would like to use egg whites instead of the whole egg so there won’t be such a prominent egg flavor. How many egg whites would I use?

  22. pineymom2

    April 11, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Could you use polenta instead of cornmeal?

  23. Carmen Smith

    April 11, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    This sounds scrumptious….I will give it a try for sure!

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  25. Kate'sMom

    April 11, 2011 at 9:30 am

    My daughter has an egg allergy which has unfortunately limited our pancake eating. Any suggestions for tweaks to the recipe to eliminate the egg and still make it fluffy and taste good?

    • Whitney

      April 16, 2011 at 10:47 am

      We have egg allergies too, and since this recipe calls for just one egg, you might be able to replace it with a combo of oil, water and baking powder. I’ve seen several variations, but two common replacement ratios for one egg are:

      2 and 1/2 TBL water
      2 and 1/2 TBL oil
      1 and 1/2 TBL baking powder


      2 TBL water
      1 TBL oil
      2 tsp baking powder

      I’m not sure which would work better in the recipe. You might have to experiment. Mix the oil water and baking powder together seperately and stir until it fizzes. Add it as the last ingredient, stir, and start using the batter immediately. The mixture loses its rising ability rather quickly so you can’t store unused batter. Hope this helps!

    • Megan

      April 11, 2011 at 9:59 pm


      This is a vegan pancake recipe that I use all the time, and it’s easy, light, and fluffy. I am sure you could tweak it and add some berries, vanilla, cinnamon, or whatever your kids like. I have made these at least a dozen times, and they are always yummy!

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      April 11, 2011 at 9:59 am

      Kate’s Mom:
      Have you tried the eggless pancake recipe (“no yolking around pancake”) from The Petit Appetit cookbook? It’s delicious and nutritious, and may be an option for your little one.

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        February 4, 2014 at 5:40 am

        Several people have mnenioted not being able to taste much of the butterscotch. I’ll blame it on buzzed cake assembly and my lack of quality control at that point in the evening.

      • Kate'sMom

        April 11, 2011 at 1:11 pm

        Thanks so much for the advice – I’ve found that recipe and intend to give it a shot this weekend! My kids will be thrilled!

  26. Julie

    April 11, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Sounds delicious!! For a dairy free version, would you sub something for parmesan, or just leave it out? I would sub plain soy milk for milk.

    • Julie

      April 11, 2011 at 10:56 am

      You can get a dairy free, soy based Parmesan cheese. I have found it at our local health food store. I have a friend who can’t have dairy and I have used it in recipes for her, specifically a risotto. MIght want to check it out!

  27. Lisa

    April 11, 2011 at 7:24 am

    sounds like a variation on the south american “arepa”–very yummy!

  28. Olive's Mom

    April 11, 2011 at 7:01 am

    Mmmm. Are these ok to freeze?

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  29. Lisaleigh

    April 11, 2011 at 6:52 am

    I want to try these with my Tuscan Bean Soup! I think they will make it magical!! Yummy

  30. breanna

    April 11, 2011 at 2:05 am

    i love this recipe! I’ll be getting my little lady into her apron to make it tomorrow!

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  31. CuteEverything

    April 11, 2011 at 1:51 am

    These look great! I might try to put a little marinara and parmesan on them and broil them for a minute for mini pizzas. Thank you for sharing!

    • Jodi

      April 19, 2011 at 6:00 pm

      Good call! I served them as plain pancakes to a 1 & 2yr old and had no luck. Once I added marinara and a little melted cheese – they were gobbled up. I was afraid I’d struck out, but your suggestion saved this recipe!! A good option for a quick meal for the wee-ones. Thanks!

    • Fabiana S

      April 11, 2011 at 10:17 am

      That’s how I always make this!
      My 21 month son loves it and gobbles it up.

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