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Christmas Melt Away Cookies

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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. Similar to shortbread cookies, this scrumptious treat is adorned with a tangy cream cheese icing, which adds a burst of flavor that perfectly complements the cookie’s delicate texture. With every mouthwatering bite, the cookie effortlessly melts, creating a heavenly experience that will leave you yearning for more. They might possibly be the best Christmas Cookies ever!

A Melt Away Christmas Cookie with Red and Green Sprinkles

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Why You’ll Love These Cookies


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 this delicious cookie 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!

Ingredients labeled in bowls to make melt away cookies.

Melt Away Cookie Ingredients

*Ingredient amounts are located in the recipe card at the end of this post.

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.


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 to make cream cheese frosting for Melt Away Cookies.

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 powdered sugar, sometimes called confectioners’ sugar, for the frosting, 

Vanilla Extract: The vanilla extract helps to bring out the flavor of the frosting. Feel free to use a little bit of almond extract as well.

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.

How to Make Melt-Away Christmas Cookies

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

Butter in a mixing bowl.
Step 1

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

Flour, powdered sugar, and cornstarch in a mixing bowl.
Step 2

[Step 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.
Step 3

[Step 4] Use a small cookie scoop (about 1 tablespoon) to measure the cookies, then roll dough between your hands to make a ball. Place them on a prepared baking sheet lined with parchment paper about 2 inches apart and gently flatten the dough slightly with the bottom of a glass. 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.
Step 4

[Step 5] Bake the cookies at 350 degrees for 10 minutes making sure to watch them carefully to avoid over baking. Remove them from the oven and transfer them to a cooling rack after 1 minute.

Freshly baked melt away cookies.
Step 5

[Step 6] Cream Cheese Frosting:  Beat the softened cream cheese in a small bowl or food processor, until smooth. Add the vanilla and the powdered sugar a little at a time. Mix until incorporated. If desired, add food coloring to the frosting now.

Cream cheese frosting in a food processor.
Step 6

[Step 7] Use a piping bag or a Ziplock bag with the corner cut off, to add the frosting to the tops of the cookies. Top with sprinkles. 

Melt Away Christmas cookies with cream cheese frosting.

Helpful Kitchen Tools

Melt Away Christmas cookies on a cooling rack.

How to Store Meltaway Butter Cookies

These cookies should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, for best results. If stacking these cookies in the container, add a layer of parchment paper or wax paper in between. 

They will keep for up to 5 days, but are best enjoyed within the first 3 days. You can also freeze these cookies for up to one month by wrapping them tightly in plastic wrap and placing them in a freezer-safe bag or container.

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

Baking Tips & Tricks:

  • Make sure to measure your ingredients accurately for the best results.
  • Try rolling the cookie dough balls in your hands before making the thumbprint indent. This will result in a smooth finish.
  • Do not overmix the dough, as this can result in tough cookies.
  • If you do not have a small cookie scoop, you can use a tablespoon to shape the cookies.
  • Be careful when baking and make sure to watch the cookies closely as they can burn quickly.
  • For easier clean up when making the cream cheese frosting, use a food processor instead of a mixing bowl. This will also result in a smoother and more consistent frosting.
  • For best results, use full-fat cream cheese for the frosting.
  • Feel free to add different sprinkles or toppings to customize these cookies for different occasions or holidays.  Overall, have fun with this recipe
Melt away cookies with cream cheese frosting and Christmas sprinkles on a cooling rack.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Can I use salted butter in this recipe?

Yes, you can use salted butter but make sure to reduce the amount of added salt in this easy cookie recipe.

Can I substitute the cream cheese for something else? 

You can try using a dairy-free cream cheese alternative or making a different type of frosting altogether. 

Can I make these cookies ahead of time?

Yes, you can make the dough and store it in the refrigerator for up to three days before baking. You can also freeze the dough for up to one month. 

Frosted melt away cookies on a black cooling rack.

Recipe Variations

  • Add a teaspoon of fresh lemon zest or a bit of lemon extract to the cookie dough to make Lemon Meltaway Cookies.
  • Use a tablespoon of vanilla extract in the cookie dough to make Vanilla Meltaway Cookies.
  • Add a tablespoon of almond extract and chopped almonds to the cookie dough to make Almond Meltaway Cookies.
  • Instead of vanilla extract, use almond or peppermint extract for different flavor profiles.
  • Use different types of nuts in the dough, such as pecans or almonds, for added texture.
  • For a chocolate version, add 1/4 cup cocoa powder to the cookie dough and top with chocolate sprinkles or chips.

Final Thoughts 

These Melt Away Cookies are a delicious and easy buttery cookie to make for any occasion, especially the Christmas season. With their delicate texture and creamy frosting, they are sure to be a hit with everyone who tries them. Get creative and have fun with this recipe, adding your own personal touches and variations. And don’t forget to share these cookies with family and friends – after all, good food is meant to be shared!

A bite out of a melt away Christmas cookie

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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 measure the cookies, then roll dough between your hands to make a ball. Place them on a prepared baking sheet lined with parchment paper about 2 inches apart and gently flatten the dough slightly with the bottom of a glass. 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 making sure to 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 in a small bowl or food processor, until smooth. Add the vanilla and the powdered sugar a little at a time. Mix until incorporated. If desired, add food coloring to the frosting now.
  2. Use a piping bag or a Ziplock bag with the corner cut off, to add the frosting to the tops of the cookies. Top with sprinkles. 
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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