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Melting Moments (Butter Cookies)

Melting Moments (Butter Cookies) – Deliciously soft, buttery, melt-in-your-mouth cookies that are infused with vanilla, super easy to make, and only requires 6 simple ingredients!

Melting Moments (Butter Cookies)

Melting Moments (Butter Cookies)

Melting Moments (also known as butter cookies or even cornstarch cookies) are unleavened cookies consisting of butter, flour, and sugar. They are wonderfully buttery and melt-in-your-mouth.

My butter cookies are eggless, and uses more cornflour/cornstarch than flour, resulting in such a soft, delicate crumb.

These cookies are absolutely perfect on their own, but if desired, you can fill them with buttercream or chocolate ganache and sandwich them together.

These cookies are so quick and easy to make, and only requires 6 simple ingredients you probably already have at home. Trust me, you won’t be able to stop at just one cookie!

Looking for more easy cookies to make? See my Coffee Thumbprint Cookies, Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies, and my Russian Tea Cakes.

Melting Moments (Butter Cookies)
Melting Moments (Butter Cookies)

Ingredients you’ll need

Here’s a list of ingredients you’ll need to make these cookies. You can find my recipe card at the bottom of this post for the complete list with their amounts.

  • Unsalted butter: You’ll want this partly melted. Just add it to a microwave-safe bowl and heat until the butter is just about half melted.
  • Vanilla extract: If desired, you can use any flavour you want!
  • Icing/powdered sugar: Using icing sugar instead of caster or granulated sugar makes for a more soft, delicate cookie.
  • Cornflour/cornstarch: We’re using more cornflour than flour in this recipe to achieve a wonderfully soft, melt-in-your-mouth texture.
  • Plain/all-purpose flour
  • Salt

How to make Melting Moments (Butter Cookies)

To make these cookies, simply whisk together the butter, vanilla extract, and icing sugar until creamy and combined.

Add the cornflour, flour, and salt, and mix to form a smooth, soft (not at all sticky) dough.

Roll the dough into small 0.7oz balls, and place them onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Press them down lightly with the tines of a fork.

Freeze for about 10 – 20 minutes or until the cookie dough is solid. This will help prevent the cookies from spreading – they’ll bake up thick and retain their shape. (Bear in mind the cookies in the recipe video were not baked from frozen, and they did spread and flattened out a little.)

TIP: Before baking, you can top the cookies with a few of your desired sprinkles, making these perfect for any festive season!

Bake for 15 – 20 minutes or until firm and just starting to colour around the edges (they will still be VERY pale). Allow to cool for 5 – 10 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

The printable recipe card with the FULL list of ingredients and instructions can be found at the bottom of this post.

NOTE: For best results, I highly recommend using the gram measurements (with a digital scale), rather than the cup measurements.

Cup measurements are simply not accurate enough, and I cannot guarantee the best results if you use them.

Melting Moments (Butter Cookies)

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Melting Moments (Butter Cookies)

These Melting Moments Cookies are:

  • incredibly quick and easy to throw together
  • super soft, buttery, delicate, and melt-in-your-mouth
  • infused with a hint of vanilla
  • made with only 6 simple ingredients
  • perfect for sharing and gift-giving

How long will these butter cookies last? These cookies will stay fresh in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

Can I freeze these cookies? Yes! They also freeze well for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge before serving. Allow them to come to room temperature if desired.

If you prefer freshly-baked cookies every time, you can keep the cookie dough balls, shaped, in the fridge for up to 5 days, or frozen for up to 3 months. Bake straight from frozen.

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag me on Instagram and hashtag it #marshasbakingaddiction. I’d love to see!

Melting Moments (Butter Cookies)
Melting Moments (Butter Cookies)

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Melting Moments (Butter Cookies)

Melting Moments (Butter Cookies)

Yield: 30 - 32 cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Deliciously soft, buttery, melt-in-your-mouth cookies that are infused with vanilla, super easy to make, and only requires 6 simple ingredients!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (226g) unsalted butter, partly melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup (93g) icing/powdered sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (187g) cornflour/cornstarch
  • 1 cup (125g) plain/all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 170C/325F/Gas 3. Line a baking tray with parchment paper or a silicone mat, and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the butter, vanilla, and sugar until creamy and combined.
  3. Add the cornflour, flour, and salt, and mix to form a smooth, soft dough.
  4. Roll the dough into small 0.7oz balls, and place them onto the prepared baking tray. Press them down with the tines of a fork. Freeze until solid - about 10 - 20 minutes.
  5. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes or until firm and just starting to colour around the edges (they'll still be very pale). Allow to cool for 5 - 10 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

Cookies stay fresh in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks. They also freeze well for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge before serving.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 32 cookies Serving Size: 1 cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 84Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 17mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 0gSugar: 5gProtein: 0g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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Robert

Thursday 25th of February 2021

Hi, made these for the second time today, much better effort with less spread. I used Birds custard powder instead of cornflour which give them a really creamy taste and they smell awesome. 25mins in the freezer, 20 mins at 160 fan. Lovely

Criso

Saturday 23rd of January 2021

I've tried this recipe as I was craving for some buttery goodness during chinese new year. It was so good! Used corn flour instead of cornstarch. Best if you eat within the next day as it will form cracks after a day or two. Easy process, enjoyed making and eating these. Thanks Marsha!

Carmen

Monday 23rd of November 2020

I didn't freeze but cut the time down and kept checking. They were/are a dusty mess. Very dry and very crumbly. Seems like they needed a lot more butter or less cornstarch/flour. Loved the ease of the recipe, just not a fan of the end product. I did weigh the ingredients...

Joe

Monday 26th of October 2020

I rolled the dough into a cylinder using cling wrap. I then placed in refrigerator overnight. Very easy to cut into equal discs next day. Also there was no noticeable spreading even for the second and third batch placed on an already warm tray. they were delicious and crisply melting. This is my new go to recipe. Thank you!

Emily

Sunday 16th of August 2020

The dough just cracks ... how do I fix this?

Marsha

Sunday 16th of August 2020

To prevent cracks, you can try freezing for less time, or even not at all. They'll spread a little more in the oven than if you did freeze them.