Melting Moments Cookies

It is melt in your mouth time, folks.  If you are looking for delicate cookies that are light as air and melt in your mouth, these Melting Moments Cookies really do their name justice.

The cookies have a shortbread texture to them and are just delicious.

Melting Moments Cookies - melt in your mouth goodness! Get the recipe:

Melting Moments Cookies – As light as Air and So Tasty!

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The cookies are quite easy to make.  You can to make a dough that is half all purpose flour and half cornstarch, and mix it with a cup of butter and some pure vanilla extract.  (affiliate links)

The combination of flour and cornstarch is what makes the cookies so light and fluffy.  And be sure to use pure vanilla extract. The imitation stuff just won’t do, especially in a delicate cookie like this.

Melting moments doughThis takes just a few minutes but then you have to chill the dough so the cookies hold up well in the oven, so you will need to have a few hours to make these cookies, (or make the dough one day and finish up the next).

melting moments dough

Once the dough has cooled for about an hour, you can slice the dough in 1/2-3/4″ wide slices and then cut those in half and shape them into the pillow shape.

Or you just roll them into some little balls, and bake them, and then either roll in confectioner’s sugar, or place them on a wire rack over paper and sprinkle them with sifted confectioner’s sugar.

If you roll them, they will sometimes get a bit soggy on the bottom, so I like to sprinkle the tops for a more melt in your mouth texture.Melting moments cookiesPerfect for tea time, a light luncheon dessert or anytime you want just a bite of delicious “melt in your mouth” goodness.  These melting moments are like soft little cloud shortbread pillows.  So delicate! Melting moment cookies

Nutritional information for these pillow cookies

These tasty cookies are light enough to fit into a diet plan. They have 80 calories and are reasonably low in sugar.  Each cookie works out to 4 Weight Watchers smart points.

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Yield: 40

Melting Moments Cookies

Melting moments cookies

These tasty little cookies have a light as air taste and melt in your mouth texture. They are perfect to take to a cookie swap.

Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 12 minutes
Inactive Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 52 minutes



  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract


  • 1 cup confectioners sugar, sifted


  1. In a medium sized bowl whisk together the flour, cornstarch and salt. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar for about 2 minutes until it is light and fluffy. Mix in the pure vanilla extract. Add the flour mixture that you prepared earlier, and mix until everything is well incorporated. Cover the dough and refrigerate for at least one hour or until it is quite firm.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 º F. Line two baking sheets with silicone baking mats, or use parchment paper.
  4. Take out the refrigerated dough and either slice the dough or roll it into 1 inch balls and place the cookies on the prepared baking sheets spacing -1 inch apart. Bake for about 10-12 minutes. You will know when they are ready. The edges of the cookies will just start to brown. Remove from oven and let them sit in the pan for a couple of minutes and then put on a rack to cool.
  5. To finish the cookies, place some parchment or news paper under the wire rack. Sprinkle the tops of the cookies with powdered sugar. If you prefer, you can just roll the slightly cooled cookies in the powdered sugar.
  6. Place in an airtight container between sheets of wax paper. They will keep well for about 2 weeks. Makes about 40 cookies.


Each cookie has 4 WW smart points.

This recipe came from Joy of Baking and adapted slightly from a version found on Yummy Corner.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 80Total Fat: 4.5gSaturated Fat: 2.9gUnsaturated Fat: 1.5gCholesterol: 12.4mgSodium: 64.1mgCarbohydrates: 9.1gFiber: 0.1gSugar: 3.9gProtein: 0.4g

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  16 comments for “Melting Moments Cookies

  1. Sue
    12/17/2018 at 8:15 am

    The flavor is perfection but the cookies were totally flat. I love the pillow shape. I followed your recipe but didn’t check oven temp. Also wonder about weights of ingredients versus cup amounts. Any suggestions?

    • Carol
      12/17/2018 at 12:47 pm

      Hi Sue. Not sure what the problem could be. When I made mine they kept the nice pillow shape with no problems.
      Scooping flour can make the weight of it more and might do this. Instead spoon it and weigh it. 1 1/4 cups of all purpose flour weighs 160 grams. You might try that to see if it helps. The butter should be at room temp. Carol

  2. Denelle
    12/23/2017 at 2:32 pm

    I want to make these but I’m confused about the sugar. Is it 1 and 1/3 mixed in or is the 1/3 for tops of cookies?

  3. Marjie
    12/03/2017 at 4:56 pm

    Have you tried freezing them?

    • Carol
      01/11/2018 at 2:55 pm

      Hi Marjie. It’s been a while since I made these and see that I didn’t mention the dip in my recipe. I think I remember using ranch dressing but lots of dippings are good.Brown sugar sauce and ketchup also are good with them. Carol

  4. Liane
    11/26/2017 at 8:41 pm

    They turned out really well. I added red, green and white striped chips (for the holidays). So cute!

    • Carol
      11/26/2017 at 10:12 pm

      Glad you liked them Liane. I love your adaptation. Carol

  5. Aya Abdelaziz
    10/11/2017 at 12:40 pm

    Can I use cookie cutters for this recipe or will it only hold itself as a ball or pillow shape?
    Thank you

    • Carol
      10/11/2017 at 5:35 pm

      Hi Aya, You could use cookie cutters as long as your dough is thick. Carol

  6. Dana
    12/01/2016 at 8:07 pm

    I only have a hand mixer..could I fold in the flour mix by hand and mix it that way? What do you suggest?

    • Carol
      12/01/2016 at 10:07 pm

      Hi Dana. A hand mixer will work just fine. Just follow my instructions as though they were written for it. A stand mixer is more powerful, so you may need to mix for a bit longer, that’s all. Carol

      • Dana
        12/04/2016 at 3:15 am

        Hi Carol,

        Thank you for your advice..I will be making them this week for Christmas and I will add almonds to the mix and follow your instructions.I will let you know how they turn out 🙂


  7. Jacki
    05/23/2016 at 12:17 pm

    I’ve used cornstarch in shortbread recipes before, not I just need to find a substitute for the wheat flour. The best one seems to be Bob’s Red Mill Oat Flour.

    • Carol
      05/23/2016 at 12:28 pm

      Shortbreads are a favorite of mine. I love the texture.

  8. Linda at Mixed Kreations
    05/22/2016 at 4:04 pm

    These look awesome Carol! I love shortbread, there not to sweet but just the right amount of sweetness. I haven’t ever had a cookie with cornstarch. Will have to try sometime.

    • Carol
      05/23/2016 at 12:28 pm

      Thanks Linda . These really do just melt in your mouth

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