It’s December! Snow has fallen! Christmas is coming!
And with Christmas come lots of unneeded-calorie-wise but temptingly-delicious treats and goodies that fill my belly with joy.
One such Christmas-time treat is the Melt Away cookie. (I think they’re also known by the name “Melting Moments.”) I’ve been making and devouring them since I was a wee child, and you’ll see why once you make them!
Melt Away Cookies are light and buttery, and they’re small enough to thwart any guilt of eating five or ten. 😉 As you’ve likely guessed from the name, they really do melt in your mouth. If that’s not reason enough to make them, look how easy they are to make! They require very few ingredients, no dough chilling, and they don’t dirty many dishes. Win, win, and win!
Cookie Dough Ingredients:
- 1 c. (2 sticks) butter, slightly softened*
- 3/4 c. corn starch
- 1/3 c. powdered sugar
- 1 c. flour
- 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp. almond extract
* You don’t want the butter to be room temperature, but warming just slightly in the microwave for 10-15 seconds will help it incorporate into the corn starch.
- 2 Tbs. butter, softened
- 1 1/2 c. powdered sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. almond extract
- milk to make spreadable (Start with about 2 tablespoons, and add more as needed.)
- optional food coloring and sprinkles
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- In a large bowl, cut the butter into the corn starch with a fork or pastry blender until you have small, pea-sized granules.
- Using an electric mixer or the paddle attachment of a stand mixer, add the remaining ingredients, and mix until a soft dough forms.
- Form the dough into small balls (about a rounded teaspoon each), and place them an inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Lightly press down with your fingers to flatten the dough slightly.
- Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until cookies have just begun to turn golden in color. Let them cool on the baking sheet for at least 10 minutes, or until they’re firm enough to handle. Then, gently transfer them to a cooling rack.
- Make the frosting by stirring together all ingredients and adding milk to reach your desired consistency. Separate the frosting, and make various colors if you wish. Frost cooled cookies, and top with festive sprinkles (also optional).
- Recipe makes about 25 to 30 cookies. Enjoy!
I’d like to say Melt Away Cookies (or rather, cookies in general) are my favorite part about Christmas, but I have a plethora of favorite things about Christmas!
Here are a few favorites (in no particular order):
- gingerbread houses & AMGAC (Annual Midwestern Gingerbread Architectural convention– an epic event my brothers and I created with our friends where we make a gingerbread CITY)
- Christmas trees with pretty lights (We’ve got a fake one downstairs and a real one upstairs!)
- Houses with pretty lights
- EGG NOG (My love for egg nog is comparable to Timmy Turner’s dad’s love for it.)
- Family gatherings
- Abundant generosity (I love giving gifts and seeing other people be generous.)
- Christmas songs (“O Holy Night” is my favorite.)
- Merriment in general
- Christmas-themed movies (HOME ALONE!! Elf!! Christmas Vacation!)
- Snow (clarification: The beauty of snow is my favorite, shoveling it is not.)
- Christ (He’s my #1 favorite part of Christmas. I’m thankful for His sacrifice every day of my life, but I love how He gets extra attention as His story is shared more often this time of year.)
What are your Christmas favorites??
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