Meltaway Cookies

Meltaway Cookies are velvety, shortbread-like cookies with no eggs. And only a few simple ingredients that simply almost melt in your mouth.

Meltaway Cookies

Meltaway Cookies

By Sue Lau |  Palatable Pastime

Meltaway Cookies is my recipe of the day for the annual blogging event Christmas Cookies Week. My blogging friends and I have been doing this one for a few years now. It’s always something I look forward  to. Especially since cookie baking is so much fun.

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Meltaway Cookies

Monday I  shared  my  recipe for Mandarin Orange  White Chocolate Chip Cookies and  the white chocolate fun continued on Tuesday  with Peanut Butter Brownie Bombs. Then Wednesday’s  fun  had us making the Easiest Sugar  Sprinkle  Cookies with your favorite jimmies or nonpareils.

The flurry of recipes continues  today.    And I am sharing my recipe for Meltaway Cookies. As well, tomorrow I’ll be finishing  up with a recipe for Thumbprints. So be sure to  check back for that one.

Christmas Cookies Week

Christmas Cookies Week

Thursday Christmas Cookie Recipes

More cookies…

To fill  your jars and tins…

Meltaway Cookies

This is a recipe I have been meaning to make for a couple of holiday seasons. I was thinking back to  some cookies my  cousin  Charlotte had made and dropped by with during Christmastide.

They were absolutely scrumptious. And some four decades  later, I was remembering them fondly and trying to recall them. I’d asked Charlotte about them but she didn’t remember. I just knew they had powdered sugar and I don’t think they were rum balls or  wedding  cookies.

She passed  along  to me a recipe  for Meltaway Cookies but those  were not  the ones. That recipe turned into an abject disaster, spreading excessively on the  baking  sheet and burning. I mean, I knew they were “Meltaways”  but yikes.  Not  melting until they were gone.

Here’s a pic of  the initial disaster. Good Lawd. Not exactly  what I had in  mind. Pfft! The crumbs were tasty. IF you could pick them up  (and that’s one  VERY  BIG IF!) LOL!

Undeterred I tinkered  with  the  dough a  bit and  got it  to  behave  for  me. So you may see it  is not  the same  as some recipes out there.  But  it  does work  out and tastes  pretty darn  good. I  hope  you enjoy them as much as we do.

I guess you  could  call these my “Hail  Mary Meltaways” (after last minute save attempts in football).

“Blessed art thou amongst  cookies and the fruit of my near disastrous bake.” Sweet Baby Jesus they are quite tasty now. I think I will be baking these again.

Meltaway Cookies

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Meltaway Cookies

Meltaway Cookies

Sue Lau
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 24 mins
Course Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 3 dozen
Calories 860 kcal


  • cookie sheet and parchment paper


Cookie Dough:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter (at room temperature)
  • 3/4 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2-3/4 cups cake flour


  • Sifted powdered sugar (as needed)


  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Mix together cookie dough ingredients until smooth.
  • Take one tablespoon dough per cookie and roll into a ball.
  • Place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet, one dozen cookies per sheet.
  • Flatten cookies lightly with a fork.
  • Bake for 8 minutes.
  • Roll cookies gently in sifted powdered sugar while still warm, lightly scrape off any clumps.


From the kitchen of


Calories: 860kcalCarbohydrates: 74gProtein: 3gFat: 62gSaturated Fat: 39gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 2gCholesterol: 163mgSodium: 12mgPotassium: 43mgFiber: 1gSugar: 30gVitamin A: 1891IUCalcium: 22mgIron: 1mg
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