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Melting Moments Cookies

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These melt in your mouth cookies are the perfect mix of simplicity and deliciousness. Melting moments cookies are quick to make and oh so good. 

Plate of melting moments cookies with powdered sugar glaze and nonpareils on top, ready to eat.

Melting moments cookies are a buttery melt in your mouth experience that you are going to want to have over and over again.  I tend to bake them during the holiday season, but they would be absolutely fabulous all year long.

These cornstarch sugar cookies with a simple glaze will likely become a favorite of yours as well.

As much as I love pretty decorated sugar cookies with colored royal icing, it is nice to have some simple and delicious cookie recipes in your arsenal as well.  These melting moments are just that thing.

You can whip up a batch of dough in a matter of minutes and have them baking in no time.  They don’t require any rolling, cutting or fussing.

mixer bowl full of melting moments cookie dough with paddle and spatula.

In fact you can just eyeball the dough and roll it into balls if you want to.  I prefer to use my small cookie scoop though, to keep the balls uniform in size.

I can’t be the only one that has ever expanding balls of dough as I make cookies right? The first few cookies are normal size and they get bigger and bigger as I go.

By the end I have a few huge cookies that are too big to share with folks, so I have to eat them myself.  We all take our lumps, I guess!

freshly baked melting moment cookies on wire rack cooling.

These melting moments are a breeze to make.  They are a lot like the classic snowball cookies, but without the pecans.
The major difference is the addition of cornstarch which really gives you that melt in your mouth texture.  They are very lightly sweet, with only a tiny bit of powdered sugar in them.

So the butter and texture really shine through in the finished product. There are so few ingredients, so each really shines through and adds that special something.

You can certainly dust them in powdered sugar if you like.  Then they would mimic snowballs.

However I love them with a little bit of simple powdered sugar glaze.  After all, that gives something for the sprinkles to stick too.

Nothing is more festive than sprinkles.  So pepper on a few holiday jimmies for Christmas or colorful nonpareils for a birthday.

You don’t have to do anything too fancy to make them stand out.  Let their buttery melt in your mouth texture do all of the talking.

melting moments cookies with powdered sugar glaze and blue, white and purple sprinkles on top.

My little guy LOVED these cookies.  He kept picking out his favorites and setting them aside for later.  Needless to say none of them hit our trays for sharing.

I may have to make another couple of batches when he is napping sometime if we want to have some left to share!

So now these are a Christmas favorite at our house. We make a batch along with other new favorites like frostbite cookies and peppermint mocha shortbread cookies.

They go so well with our Christmas classics like fudge dipped crescent cookies and kolacky.

What are some must make Christmas cookies at your house? We’re always ready to find new favorites!

looking across a plate of melting moments cookies with buttery texture and powdered sugar glaze showing

Storing Melting Moments:

  • Melting moments can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for a couple of weeks.
  • They can be frozen for up to 3 months.
Tender melt in your mouth melting moments cookies with glaze and Christmas sprinkles on wire cooling rack.

Tips and Tricks

  • You can get away with baking these without chilling them first. However, if your butter is super soft you may want to chill the dough before baking. It will keep them from spreading.
  • A quick and easy way to give them a little flare is to use a fork to flatten the ball of dough before baking.
  • They would be fabulous flavored with lemon extract and a little lemon instead of vanilla in the glaze!
  • If you are using salted butter, reduce or eliminate the salt in the recipe. 

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Plate of melting moments cookies with powdered sugar glaze and nonpareils on top, ready to eat.

Melting Moments Cookies

Servings: 36 Cookies
Author: Carlee
These melt in your mouth cookies are the perfect mix of simplicity and deliciousness. Melting moments cookies are quick to make and oh so good.
4.67 from 27 ratings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Total Time 39 minutes



  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cup powdered sugar
  • ¾ cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons milk or cream
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Sprinkles


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Beat butter until light and fluffy. 
    1 cup unsalted butter
  • Add vanilla and powdered sugar and beat until well mixed.
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract, ⅓ cup powdered sugar
  • In a small bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt until there are no lumps.
    ¾ cup cornstarch, 1 cup all purpose flour, 1½ teaspoons baking powder, ½ teaspoon salt
  • Mix dry ingredients into butter mixture until thoroughly combined. 
  • If the mixture feels soft, chill for at least a half hour. Otherwise, go ahead and proceed to baking.
  • Roll dough into 1″ balls (I like to use my small cookie scoop to portion the dough.)
  • Place on ungreased cookie sheet and flatten slightly.
  • Bake for about 12 minutes, or until lightly golden brown.
  • Cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes, then remove to wire rack to cool completely.
  • To glaze: mix together powdered sugar, vanilla.  Add milk or cream a little bit at a time until you form a thick glaze consistency. Spoon a small amount onto each cookie and top with sprinkles if desired. 
    1 cup powdered sugar, 2 Tablespoons milk or cream, ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract



Serving: 1ServingCalories: 88kcalCarbohydrates: 9gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 51mgSugar: 4g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Amandah Mollinga

Monday 11th of December 2023

I'm not sure what some people are talking about... These turned out PERFECTLY! I wish I could add a picture here...


Monday 11th of December 2023

I wish I could see them! I am so glad you liked them.


Sunday 6th of December 2020

I made these and while they melt in your mouth, they are very dry. Perhaps cut down of either the corn starch or baking powder.


Thursday 19th of December 2019

I made yesterday chilled and baked today. They fell apart. Crumbled when touched. I filled the recipe to a T. Disappointed. I made a different recipe excluding the baking powder and they turned out fabulous.


Friday 20th of December 2019

I am sorry that happened. It's hard to believe the baking powder would make that much of a difference, but I am glad you found a recipe that works for you.


Saturday 5th of January 2019

I really wanted to make these this Christmas but I was thrown off by the recipe saying you use 3/4 cup cornstarch. I have never, ever used that much cornstarch in anything. Is that correct? They look really good so I would like to try them.


Sunday 6th of January 2019

I know, it seems odd, but it is correct. It really helps give them that melt in your mouth texture. I hope you give them a go!


Monday 24th of December 2018

Thank you so much!