You don’t need to worry about buying gifts any longer, just make these Christmas Meltaway Cookies for your family and friends. So easy to make with very simple ingredients. These cookies make fantastic edible gifts that both kids and adults love.
These meltaway cookies already look cute with their itsy bitsy size, but you can make them look even fancier with some colorful sprinkles. Normally I coat these cookies with powdered sugar, but I wanted to make something different to give it a holiday feeling. Did I tell you before how much I love these lovely guys? They can easily put you in a party mood, can’t they? Just like our Chocolate-dipped Marshmallows with sprinkles. They are always a hit and they make great gifts too. You might want to check them out if you don’t feel like baking something. They are much easier than these cookies. No baking and no cookie dough definitely shorten the time.
These Christmas Meltaway Cookies make the best holiday gift ever. It is very easy to make these. Way easier than going to a shopping mall and looking for the perfect gift for your beloved ones. They are ready in less than 30 minutes. Pack them in jars or fancy looking mini boxes and give whoever you like.
Ingredients For Christmas Meltaway Cookies
The best thing about these Christmas Meltaway Cookies is that the ingredients make about 6 dozens. So you can give them to as many people as you like. We need 7 ingredients for this super simple recipe. These are butter, powdered sugar, lemon zest(optional), salt, cornstarch, all purpose flour, colored sugar or sprinkles.
How To Make Meltaway Cookies
I’ve made this recipe a zillion times, trying different measurements or adding various flavors. Here is what I’ve learnt: You can’t go wrong with this recipe as long as you keep the following 4 ingredients; butter, powdered sugar, cornstarch and flour. Use these as your main ingredients and optionally spice them with ginger, cinnamon, pumpkin spice, vanilla, lavender, cocoa powder or any other ingredient that goes well in cookies and create your own version. On the other hand, I use lemon zest in this recipe because lemon or orange zest gives them a nice fresh flavor. These are adaptable for your taste as you see.
On to the recipe now.
First; cream butter, powdered sugar and salt. If you use lemon zest, whisk it together with these.
Second; in a medium bowl, whisk together all purpose flour and cornstarch. Pour it into the wet mixture and combine well using your hand.
Third, make tiny balls and place them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 8-10 minutes and let them sit for 10 minutes on the baking sheet after removing from oven.
Meanwhile you can sprinkle colored sugar or sprinkles over the baked cookies when they are still warm.
How To Make Lemon Meltaway Cookies
Besides the ingredients listed above, add one teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon and enjoy that lemony flavor in these little guys. If you are a big fan of lemon flavor, you can even increase the amount of lemon zest.
How To Add Sprinkles On Baked Cookies
After receiving several questions about how to make sprinkles stick on these meltaway cookies after they are baked, I understood that not all types of sprinkles stick easily. I used colored sugar in this recipe. You can easily make it at home by using Susan’s DIY colored sugar method on her amazing blog The View From Great Island. Mine stick on the cookies. Not as perfect as on a glaze like in our Coconut Snowmen Cookies Recipe, but they are okay.
If you want them stick on your baked cookies perfectly, use the following method:
Whisk together two pasteurized egg whites and 1/4 teaspoon water. Let the cookies cool down completely and brush their tops with this mixture and sprinkle the colored sugar or sprinkles over them immediately.
If you are after a glaze or frosting, please go check out our Red Velvet Christmas Cookies with cream cheese frosting too.
Can You Freeze Meltaway Cookies?
Yes, you can freeze these cookies up to 3 months. However, don’t decorate them if you are planning to freeze them. Make your decoration before serving. For this, you will definitely need the egg wash method or a glaze so that the sprinkles stick on these.
Also, it is possible to freeze the cookie dough or the cookie balls unbaked. Thaw and then bake. It gets ridiculously easy to bake these cookies then.
Well, for me these Christmas Meltaway Cookies are worth the little time and very little effort since they are literally melting in your mouth. Besides, I’m sure you don’t need to go shopping for the ingredients because you already have them in your pantry.
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Christmas Meltaway Cookies
Cookies with simple ingredients literally melting in your mouth.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 6 dozens
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: Turkish
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1 and 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup cornstarch
- Colored sugar or sprinkles for garnish
- Preheat oven to 350F (175C). Line a baking sheets with parchment.
- In a large bowl, mix butter, sugar, salt and lemon zest until creamy.
- Whisk flour and cornstarch in a bowl.
- Pour the dry mixture into the bowl gradually and mix with your hands until everything is combined.
- Make tiny balls and place them on the baking sheets.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes. Let them sit in the baking sheet for another 10 minutes.
- Coat with sprinkles when they are still warm.
About the amount of cornstarch: These cookies are really soft and literally melting in your mouth. If you want your cookies slightly crispy, use 1/2 cup cornstarch and add 1 and 3/4 cup flour.
About how to make sprinkles or colored sugar stick on the baked cookies: Please read my explanation above.
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 52
- Sugar: 1.5g
- Sodium: 33mg
- Fat: 3.2g
- Carbohydrates: 4.7g
- Protein: 1.1g
- Cholesterol: 8.2mg
Keywords: meltaway cookies, christmas cookies, meltaway christmas cookies
Originally published in 2014 and updated with additional information in 2018.