Cookie Recipes

Melting Moments

Melting Moments are also known as Cornstarch Cookies. They are buttery shortbread-like cookies that literally melt in your mouth.

Melting Moments recipe


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and confectioners’ sugar together until light and fluffy.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift the all-purpose flour, cornstarch and salt together.
  4. Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, mixing until the dough comes together.
  5. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  6. Place dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  7. Using a cookie scoop or a tablespoon, scoop out the dough and roll it into small balls. Place the balls on the prepared cookie sheet, leaving about 1 inch of space between them. Lightly press down with a fork or an imprint stamp.
  8. Bake the cookies for 12 to 15 minutes or until the edges are lightly golden.
  9. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. When the cookies are completely cool, you can dust them with additional confectioners’ sugar, if desired.


Vanilla extract can be replaced with almond extract or any other extract desired. (Almond is my favorite.)

Cookies may be frosted, if desired. If they are going to be frosted, don't bother with imprinting them with a fork or stamp.

Paste food color may be added to dough before forming balls to make Melting Moments for any holiday.


Photo credit: (c) Can Stock Photo / jabiru

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