12 days of Christmas treats: winter white edition
Day 1 melting moments!
melting moments – the future star of your cookie tray!
All of the sudden it is December 1st, which can only mean one thing. It is time to bake some Christmas cookies!! Specifically, the once a year Christmas treats that are the most mouth watering and irresistible. Melting moments are at the tippy top of the Christmas cookie list at our house. They always find their way to every cookie tray, and always disappear within a blink of an eye! Melting moments are a treasured cookie recipe from a treasured friend of mine. I met Barb many years ago, and was lucky enough to call her my friend from the beginning. Barb and I shared a love for cooking, and especially loved to bake all kinds of cookies.
have you ever been invited to a dessert party?
I remember very specifically the first time that I was invited to Barb’s home. She graciously was hosting a shower for me, and I was so excited to see what the evening would bring. When I arrived at Barb’s home, I was overwhelmed with the stunning table buffet that was on display. Gleaming rows of silver trays and punch bowls sparkled under the light. Every tray was filled with a perfect dessert, and I quickly decided that I wanted to host parties just like this one!
these cookies literally melt in your mouth!
Barb was always very generous with her recipes, and the one that remains the most dog eared is the recipe card for melting moments! These perfect little pop in your mouth cookies are the hit of every Christmas tray. One little bite that melts in your mouth, making you immediately wanting another one! The “melting” secret is the amount of cornstarch that is in the cookie portion of the recipe. The little cookie on its own would be a delicious treat, so the surprising pop of citrus frosting makes things even more exciting. The frosting is made with fresh orange zest and juice, making it the perfect citrus sweet companion to the butter and sugar.
lemons or oranges…you decide!
I know that you will love these cookies, because whenever I drop a tray of cookies at a client’s house, they always remark about how much they love them. Most of my friends and clients insist that the frosting has to be made with lemons. I love to tell them that it is really orange zest and juice. Either way, these cookies are a must for your Christmas cookie tray. Jump on board the melting moments train!Print
welcome to your new favorite pop in your mouth Christmas cookie! 5 are never enough….
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 25 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour + cooling time
- Yield: 3 dozen 1x
- Category: cookies
- Method: mix and bake
- Cuisine: Christmas
1 cup butter
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2/3 cup cornstarch
1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3 TB butter
1 tsp orange zest
2–3 TB of fresh orange juice (may need more for desired consistency)
Mix together the butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla with a mixer until light and creamy
Add cornstarch, flour and salt and mix until combined
Drop by small spoonful on cookie sheet.
Bake for 10-12 minutes or when cookie are light tan around the edges
COOL – this is a VERY important step. If you try to frost the cookies when they are warm, they will explode in your hands!
In a medium bowl, stir together icing ingredients. Mix well
Frost on cool cookies