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Monday, September 30, 2019

Melting Moments Cookies

These melt in your mouth cookies are the perfect mix of simplicity and deliciousness. Melting moments cookies are quick to make and oh so good.  

       Melting moments cookies are a buttery melt in your mouth experience that you are going to want to have over and over again.  I tend to bake them during the holiday season, but they would be absolutely fabulous all year long. These cornstarch sugar cookies with a simple glaze will likely become a favorite of yours as well.

      As much as I love pretty decorated sugar cookies with colored royal icing, it is nice to have some simple and delicious cookie recipes in your arsenal as well.  These melting moments are just that thing.

     You can whip up a batch of dough in a matter of minutes and have them baking in no time.  They don't require any rolling, cutting or fussing.

mixer bowl full of melting moments cookie dough with paddle and spatula

      In fact you can just eyeball the dough and roll it into balls if you want to.  I prefer to use my small cookie scoop though, to keep the balls uniform in size.

      I can't be the only one that has ever expanding balls of dough as I make cookies right? The first few cookies are normal size and they get bigger and bigger as I go.

      By the end I have a few huge cookies that are too big to share with folks, so I have to eat them myself.  We all take our lumps, I guess!

cooling rack with rows of melting moments cookies fresh from the oven

     These melting moments are a breeze to make.  They are a lot like the classic snowball cookies, but without the pecans.
      The major difference is the addition of cornstarch which really gives you that melt in your mouth texture.  They are very lightly sweet, with only a tiny bit of powdered sugar in them.

     So the butter and texture really shine through in the finished product. There are so few ingredients, so each really shines through and adds that special something.

    You can certainly dust them in powdered sugar if you like.  Then they would mimic snowballs.

     However I love them with a little bit of simple powdered sugar glaze.  After all, that gives something for the sprinkles to stick too.

      Nothing is more festive than sprinkles.  So pepper on a few holiday sprinkles for Christmas or colorful sprinkles for a birthday.

    You don't have to do anything too fancy to make them stand out.  Let their buttery melt in your mouth texture do all of the talking.

melting moments cookies with powdered sugar glaze and blue, white and purple sprinkles on top

    My little guy LOVED these cookies.  He kept picking out his favorites and setting them aside for later.  Needless to say none of them hit our trays for sharing.

    I may have to make another couple of batches when he is napping sometime if we want to have some left to share!

     So now these are a Christmas favorite at our house. We make a batch along with other new favorites like frostbite cookies and peppermint mocha shortbread cookies.

    They go so well with our Christmas classics like fudge dipped crescent cookies and kolacky.

What are some must make Christmas cookies at your house? We're always ready to find new favorites!

looking across a plate of melting moments cookies with buttery texture and powdered sugar glaze showing

Storing Melting Moments:

  • Melting moments can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for a couple of weeks.
  • They can be frozen for up to 3 months.
plate of melting moments cookies with powdered sugar glaze and red, white and green nonpareils on top

Tips and Tricks:

  • You can get away with baking these without chilling them first. However, if your butter is super soft you may want to chill the dough before baking. It will keep them from spreading.
  • A quick and easy way to give them a little flare is to use a fork to flatten the ball of dough before baking.
  • They would be fabulous flavored with lemon extract and a little lemon instead of vanilla in the glaze!
  • If you are using salted butter, reduce or eliminate the salt in the recipe. 

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Yield: 36 servings

Melting Moments Cookies

These melt in your mouth cookies are the perfect mix of simplicity and deliciousness. Melting moments cookies are quick to make and oh so good.
prep time: 15 Mcook time: 24 Mtotal time: 39 M


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons milk or cream (give or take)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Sprinkles


How to cook Melting Moments Cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Beat butter until light and fluffy. 
  3. Add vanilla and powdered sugar and beat until well mixed.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt until there are no lumps.
  5. Mix dry ingredients into butter mixture until thoroughly combined. 
  6. If the mixture feels soft, chill for at least a half hour. Otherwise, go ahead and proceed to baking.
  7. Roll dough into 1" balls (I like to use my small cookie scoop to portion the dough.)
  8. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and flatten slightly.
  9. Bake for about 12 minutes, or until lightly golden brown.
  10. Cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes, then remove to wire rack to cool completely.
  11. To glaze: mix together powdered sugar, vanilla.  Add milk or cream a little bit at a time until you form a thick glaze consistency. Spoon a small amount onto each cookie and top with sprinkles if desired. 
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These melt in your mouth cookies are the perfect mix of simplicity and deliciousness. Melting moments cookies are quick to make and oh so good.

These melt in your mouth cookies are the perfect mix of simplicity and deliciousness. Melting moments cookies are quick to make and oh so good.


  1. I have seen so many cookie recipes this week from you and your friends that I want to try for my cookie trays. Add them to the ones that are family favorites and I'll need a truck to store them all in.

    1. You could devote a barn to cookies and invite everyone over for a cookie walk!

  2. Jax is enough to "melt" my happy that lil guy loves these cookies...a sweet memory he and you will have forever in relation to these yummy sounding and looking cookies!!

  3. These sound so simple and sooooo goooood! I like the way you decorated. Change the colors and they could be for another holiday! Thanks for sharing.

    Wishes for tasty dishes,

    1. I was thinking that myself! They would be an easy addition to the Easter buffet table with some cute springy sprinkles! Thanks, Linda!

  4. I love the idea of the glaze instead of rolling in powdered sugar!

    1. You need something to hold the sprinkles! ;-)

  5. Love a glazed cookie they're so pretty!

  6. These look amazing! Making cookies is on my list of things to do today and I think I'll give these a go! Pinning and thanks for sharing!
    Erica @

    1. This is my favorite time of year for baking cookies, I hope you love them!

  7. You've been reading my mind...these look fantastic. Can't wait to try them. Printed & pinned! Thanks for sharing with us at Weekend Potluck.

  8. Wish I had one right now, oh they look yummy! Thank you for sharing on Merry Monday! Pinned! Have a great week!

  9. these are the kinds of cookies you keep going back for on a treat plate! Perfect for our celebrate365 cookie exchange!

    1. They really are melt in your mouth good. Thanks!

  10. I would like to order a dozen please ;) teehee! These cookies look scrumptious!

  11. These look amazing! Thanks so much for sharing with us at the Happy Holidays Link Party. Pinned.

  12. These sound amazing, and I love the little red and green sprinkles on top. So cute!

    1. It's amazing the different a few sprinkles make visually! Thanks!

  13. I love cookies like these that melt in your mouth! Perfect for the holiday cookie trays!

    1. Me too, melt in your mouth is hard to beat!

  14. These look delicious. And I bet that if you wanted to take time, you could totally make these look like melted snowman!

  15. These look great, so festive with that touch of sprinkles!

    1. Such an easy way to give them that little something!

  16. These cookies are so festive for Christmas.

  17. These sound amazing! I wonder if I can squeeze them in this week!

  18. These look delicious! They will be one of my features this week at the Happy Holidays link party! Roseann from This Autoimmune Life

  19. I really wanted to make these this Christmas but I was thrown off by the recipe saying you use 3/4 cup cornstarch. I have never, ever used that much cornstarch in anything. Is that correct? They look really good so I would like to try them.

    1. I know, it seems odd, but it is correct. It really helps give them that melt in your mouth texture. I hope you give them a go!

  20. I made yesterday chilled and baked today. They fell apart. Crumbled when touched. I filled the recipe to a T. Disappointed. I made a different recipe excluding the baking powder and they turned out fabulous.

    1. I am sorry that happened. It's hard to believe the baking powder would make that much of a difference, but I am glad you found a recipe that works for you.


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