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

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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!

cookie fail

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
4.73 from 29 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
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


Serving: 1gCalories: 860kcalCarbohydrates: 74gProtein: 3gFat: 62gSaturated Fat: 39gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 2gCholesterol: 163mgSodium: 12mgPotassium: 43mgFiber: 1gSugar: 30gVitamin A: 1891IUCalcium: 22mgIron: 0.4mg
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