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A simple sweet cookie with a tangy cream cheese icing that melts in your mouth every time you take a bite. They might possibly be the best Christmas Cookies ever!

A Melt Away Christmas Cookie with Red and Green Sprinkles

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These cookies are probably my favorite Christmas cookies, ever! When I was growing up, my grandma would spend days in the kitchen baking Christmas cookies.

She would pack them all up in a giant Tupperware type box for us to take home and eat. We would have to eat them quickly before my dad would consume them all after we went to bed!

Melt away cookies with white cream cheese icing and topped with Christmas sprinkles.

I can’t quite pin down the exact reason that I love these cookies so much. There are so many to choose from.

They actually live up to their “melt-away” name. When you take a bite, they pretty much melt in your mouth. Mmmmm…I want to go get one right now.

A Melt Away Christmas Cookie with red and green sprinkles

The icing is a tangy cream cheese frosting that totally compliments the sweetness of the Melt-Away Christmas cookies.

You can color the frosting red or green for Christmas, which is what my mom usually does, or you can opt to leave it white and top them with some cute Christmas sprinkles. The choice is yours!

Frosted melt away cookies on a black cooling rack.

Items Needed for Christmas Melt-Away Cookies

These cookies are quite simple to make and only require a few ingredients, that you probably already have in your pantry. Below, you will find a list of items you will need to make Christmas Melt Away Cookies.

Melt away cookies with cream cheese frosting and Christmas sprinkles on a cooling rack.

Cookie Ingredients

Softened Butter- For these melt away cookies, you can use either salted or unsalted butter, which ever you prefer.

All-Purpose Flour- For these melt away cookies, you can use either bleached or unbleached all-purpose flour.

Melt Away Christmas cookies on a cooling rack.

Corn Starch- Corn starch is one of the ingredients that gives these cookies their melt in your mouth texture.

Powdered Sugar Using powdered sugar in the dough adds to their sweetness and texture.

Milk- You should only need a small amount of milk if your dough is too dry.

Ingredients labeled in bowls to make melt away cookies.

Frosting Ingredients

Softened Cream Cheese- For the frosting, you will want to use cream cheese that is at room temperature so it will be easy to mix.

Powdered Sugar You will need a lot of powdered sugar for the frosting, 1 cup in total.

Christmas melt away cookies with cream cheese frosting on a cooling rack.

Vanilla Extract- The vanilla extract helps to bring out the flavor of the frosting.

Christmas Sprinkles- These are optional, but they add a festive touch to these melt away cookies. You can also use food coloring to create red or green frosting.

Ingredients to make cream cheese frosting for Melt Away Cookies.

Helpful Kitchen Tools

How to Make Melt-Away Christmas Cookies

[1] Begin by beating the softened butter until it is light and fluffy.

Butter in a mixing bowl.

[2] In a separate bowl, mix together the cornstarch, powdered sugar, and flour.

Flour, powdered sugar, and cornstarch in a mixing bowl.

[3] Slowly add the dry ingredients to the butter and mix until moistened. It may take a couple of minutes for it to start to come together. You can check if it is moist enough by pinching some dough with your fingers. If it holds together, it is ready. If it is still too dry, add a teaspoon of milk.

Melt Away Cookie Dough.

[4] Use a small cookie scoop (about 1 tablespoon) to shape the cookies.

A cookie scoop filled with Christmas Melt Away Cookie Dough.

[5] Place them on a parchment lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart.

Balls of Melt Away Cookie Dough on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

[6] Make a small well in the center of the cookie using your thumb or finger.

A thump making an imprint on a ball of Melt Away Cookie dough.

[7] Bake the cookies at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

Freshly baked melt away cookies.

[8] Watch them carefully to avoid over baking.

A baking sheet covered with Christmas melt away cookies.

[9] Remove them from the oven and transfer them to a cooling rack after 1 minute.

Christmas melt away cookies cooling on a cooling rack.

How to Make Cream Cheese Frosting

[1] Beat the softened cream cheese in a mixing bowl or food processor, until smooth.

Softened cream cheese in a food processor.

[2] Add the vanilla and the powdered sugar a little at a time.

Cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla with a food processor to make Christmas cookies.

[3] Mix until incorporated.

Cream cheese frosting in a food processor.

[4] If desired, add food coloring to the frosting now.

Cream cheese frosting in a piping bag.

[5] Use a piping bag or a Ziplock bag with the corner cut off, to add the frosting to the well of the cookies.

Melt Away Christmas cookies with cream cheese frosting.

[6] Top with sprinkles. Store these cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

A jar of sprinkles and frosted melt away cookies.

I hope you like these Melt-Away Christmas Cookies as much as I do! They are definitely a tradition and favorite at my house.

A bite out of a melt away Christmas cookie

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Melt-Away Christmas Cookies

Christmas Melt-Away Cookies

Yield: 36 Cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

A sweet cookie with a tangy cream cheese icing that melts in your mouth every time you take a bite. They might possibly be the best Christmas Cookies ever!

Ingredients

Cookies

  • 1 Cup Butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 Cup Corn Starch
  • 3/4 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 3-4 Teaspoons Milk, if necessary

Cream Cheese Icing

  • 4 Ounces Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Instructions

Cookies

  1. Beat the softened butter until it is light and fluffy.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together the cornstarch, powdered sugar, and flour.
  3. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the butter and mix until moistened. It may take a couple of minutes for it to start to come together. You can check if it is moist enough by pinching some dough with your fingers. If it holds together, it is ready. If it is still too dry, add a teaspoon of milk.
  4. Use a small cookie scoop (about 1 tablespoon) to shape the cookies. Place them on a parchment lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Make a small well in the center of the cookie using your thumb or finger.
  5. Bake the cookies at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Watch them carefully to avoid over baking. Remove them from the oven and transfer them to a cooling rack after 1 minute.

Cream Cheese Icing

  1. Beat the softened cream cheese until smooth.
  2. Add the vanilla and the powdered sugar, a little at a time. Mix until incorporated.
  3. Add the food coloring to the frosting at this time, if desired.
  4. Place the icing in a piping bag or ziplock bag with the corner cut off.
  5. Pipe the frosting into the well of the cookies. Top with sprinkles.
  6. Store these cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 36 Serving Size: 1 Cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 106Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 51mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 5gProtein: 1g

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Jacky

Tuesday 10th of December 2019

3/4 Cup cornstarch? Seems like that a lot. I made them they look just like the picture, but taste I can Taste starchy

Mindy

Thursday 19th of December 2019

3/4 cup is the correct amount. The frosting helps balance out the starch.

MeMe

Saturday 30th of November 2019

The cookies sound so delicious. How do you freeze them?

Mindy

Monday 2nd of December 2019

I put them in a plastic container with wax paper between each layer and freeze for a month or two!

Barb

Thursday 7th of November 2019

Can these be made ahead of time and frozen?

Mindy

Saturday 9th of November 2019

Yes! I do it every year.

Karen

Sunday 2nd of December 2018

Do these have to be refrigerate because of cream cheese topping

mindymoser

Monday 3rd of December 2018

Yes! I always keep them in an airtight container in the refrigerator :)

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