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Grandma’s Melting Moments Cookies Recipe


Grandma's Melting Moments Cookies Recipe

When I think of the holidays I have fond memories of baking cookies with my Mom. We would open up the “cookie factory” out of my Mom’s kitchen every Christmas, pumping out a huge assortment of our favorite cookies. When I got married to my husband his favorite cookies were Melting Moments. They were a cookie that his Grandma had made, his mother had made, and a family staple. I had never heard of them! Of course, since they were his favorite I had to learn how to master making them. This is his Grandma’s Melting Moments Cookies Recipe which produces a delicious cookie that is delicate and melts in your mouth as the name implies. The secret to the melting, delicate flavor is in sifting your ingredients to achieve a silky texture. It’s not as hard as it sounds though and anyone can do it!

Melting Moments recipe - sift ingredients

Begin by creaming one cup of butter and gradually beating in powdered sugar. Then slowly sift in corn starch and flour and mix well.

How to make melting moments recipe

Next chill in the fridge for an hour. If you live in the frozen tundra like I do (Northern Minnesota), then take advantage of that bone-chilling cold weather and stick your bowl outside for ten minutes. They will be chilled by then 🙂 Hey, the cold has to be good for something right?!

Form balls - Melting Moments Recipe

Then form small, bite size balls and smash them down just a little with your fingers so they are slightly flat, instead of ball shaped. Put them on a parchment lined cookie sheet or use a Silpat mat like I do (LOVE my Silpat mat!). Then bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes until bottoms just start to turn brown and tops of cookies aren’t doughy feeling anymore.

McCormick Food Color & Pure Vanilla Extract

 While the cookies are baking, start making your frosting. Use McCormick food colors and Pure Vanilla Extract to make the simple frosting recipe.

DIY Powdered Sugar Frosting Recipe

Combine melted butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk together to make frosting.

DIY Christmas Frosting

Then add red McCormick food coloring to one bowl and green McCormick food coloring to the other bowl and mix well. My husband’s family always colors their frosting very light so they are more of a pastel red and green. I prefer a little more bold red and green coloring which always makes my cookies stand out from the rest!

Frost Melting Moments Cookies

Once your cookies have cooled, frost the tops of them and let them dry.

Melting Moments Cookie Recipe

Store in an airtight container or freeze. They freeze very well so you can make them ahead and pull them out the day you need them!

Print the recipe off below or pin this post to easily find it later!

Grandma's Melting Moments Cookies Recipe

Sarah | Must Have Mom
Melting Moments cookies melt in your mouth as the silky layers dissolve.
Servings 36


  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar sifted
  • 3/4 cup corn starch sifted
  • 1 1/3 cup flour sifted


  • 2 Tbsp melted butter divided in half in 2 bowls (mix your frosting in two bowls and then color it so you have red and green frosting)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar divided in half
  • 1 tsp McCormick pure vanilla extract divided in half
  • 3 tsp milk divided in half (or enough to thin frosting for spreading)
  • McCormick Food Coloring


  • Cream butter and gradually beat in the powdered sugar (sifted).
  • Then sift in corn starch and flour gradually, mixing as you add.
  • Chill one hour in fridge.
  • Remove from fridge and form small, bite size balls.
  • Place on parchment lined cookie sheet (or use Silpat mat) and smash down slightly so they are flat and not ball shaped.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 12-15 minutes until just starting to brown on the bottom and so the tops no longer feel doughy.
  • Mix together the frosting ingredients in two separate bowls.
  • Add red food coloring to one bowl and green food coloring to the other bowl and mix well.
  • Frost cookies once they are cooled.
  • Store in an airtight container or freeze for later.


In 2014, McCormick marks its 125th anniversary by celebrating the role flavor plays in all of our lives, inspiring flavorful conversation, and giving back to communities around the world. For every story shared on any of McCormick’s brand websites or social channels, McCormick will donate $1, up to $1.25 million, to United Way to help feed those in need.

My Melting Moments were featured over at A Southern Mother. Grab some more great Christmas cookie recipes in her Cookie Exchange post!


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