Gofio (Sugary Corn Powder)

Gofio (Sugary Corn Powder)

“Gooooffffffiooo!”, screamed the kids with their mouth full of this sweet powder, covering their unsuspecting friends with one of Dominican children’s traditional snacks.

Gofio (Sugary Corn Powder)Gofio (Sugary Corn Powder)


Gofio (Sugary Corn Powder)

This recipe is originally prepared using dry corn grain that would be ground in a big mortar, in this version we will use regular medium-grain cornmeal.


Time: 1 hr. Serves: 4


  • 1 cup of medium-grain cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup of sugar


  1. Put the cornmeal in a non-sticky pan at medium heat. Stir constantly until it acquires a uniform light brown color. Turn off the fire. Mix in a bowl the cornmeal and sugar. Let cool to room temperature. Serve in paper cones, seal the end.

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  • Aria October 3, 2012, 1:11 AM

    I am not a very good cook by the way so I love the site because of all the instructions.

  • Aria October 3, 2012, 1:10 AM

    Hi!I saw this recipe and I thought of my mom.I am thinking in surprising her.The site is wonderful,it have many recipes that are easy to make and hard to find here in the states.Thanks!

  • Michelle B April 10, 2012, 1:08 PM

    I couldn't find medium grain. I only found coarse and fine. I bought fine is that ok or should I exchange it for coarse? Thanx!!!!! P.s. I told my mom that I found this recipe and she went bananas!!! Made me happy to hear her happy (told her over the phone lol)

    • Aunt Clara April 10, 2012, 2:36 PM

      Michelle, this sweet is pure mischievousness and innocent childhood. Unfortunately is not nearly as common as it was before. I have an idea for reshooting these pictures and making a tutorial on how to make some really cute cones.

      Now on to your question: the cornmeal should have the texture similar to cane sugar. If yours is too fine you need to get a coarser one, if it is too coarse a quick pass through the food processor should fix that.

      • Michelle B April 10, 2012, 2:51 PM

        It would be great to see the tutorial. Gofio just isn't gofio without the paper cones!!!! Thank you so much for your reply. Haven't had gofio in years. I'm anxious to make this!!!

      • Michelle B. April 22, 2012, 10:56 AM

        Hi. So I got the coarse one and ran it through the food processor and it felt like I was eating tiny rocks!!!! Maybe I should have just bought the fine one :0(

      • Aunt Clara April 22, 2012, 11:06 AM

        Or leave it more time in the food processor.

  • Angelo May 24, 2011, 7:35 PM

    OMG, I havent been to DR in about 8yrs, and I had totally forgotten about gofio!!!

    I just moved from the east coast to San Diego as of this past Saturday, and from day 1, I was missing Dominican food. My whole family lives in 1 building in the Bronx (sooooo Dominican lol), and I knew few recipes. Your site, I must say, is a Godsend in this land barren of any Dominican flavor.

    And you are 100% right about kids' reaction to gofio… my reaction was pretty close once I saw the recipe listed lol.

  • Taty February 5, 2011, 4:59 AM

    by corn flour, do you mean corn meal or corn starch.