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.)
The photo quality isn’t the best, but here are our trees!
This is our first year sending out a Christmas card, and it makes me happy. 😀
What are your Christmas favorites??
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they look so festive and yummy!
Thanks! They always get me in the Christmas spirit. 🙂
I love your frosting colors. It looks so nice against the cute sprinkles!
Thanks Sarah! They’re probably my favorite Christmas cookie. 🙂 But they’re fun to decorate for any occasion, too!
This is a gorgeous Christmas post. You two are such a sweet couple. And… YAY. I didn’t actually realise that we’re both Christ followers but I definitely agree, the gift of Jesus to the world is the best, most lasting and most significant part of the ‘festive season’. I always feel humbled and amazed by His love for us and the joy that is ours through His name!! Yew, I know it’s very (very!) late but Merry Christmas beautiful!!! Love the look of the melt away cookies. They are indeed called melting moments over here, but we sandwich them together with vanilla and lemon frosting. They’re Aaron’s favourite biscuit (or cookie, by the American name). I should really make him a batch… 🙂 xxx
YAY! I love that you’re a follower of Christ as well. 🙂 And your melting moments sandwiches with frosting in the middle sound absolutely delightful! I will have to try that next time I make these cookies!
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These look yummy but how do you get your icing so vibrant? Usually if I use alot of coloring gel it makes the icing taste funny.
I never have to use much of the gel color because a little goes a long way! 🙂 What brand do you use? I usually use Americolor, but LorAnn is also supposed to be good quality. If you find a good quality gel color, you shouldn’t need much! Hope that helps!