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Melting Moments

These Melting Moments truly are the lightest, most delicious, melt in your mouth, shortbread cookies that I’ve ever tried. Wonderful dipped in chocolate & freeze well too.

Melting Moments

Melting Moments

These melting moments cookies have been made in our family for decades from a recipe passed around by the bakers in our clan.  Because of the potato flour (potato starch) in the recipe they are by far the lightest shortbread recipe that I have ever tried.

These really do melt in your mouth. My mom makes these with gumdrops on top.

My 9 year old daughter made these and she loves them dipped in chocolate. These had to get to the freezer particularly quickly and I doubt they are safe there.

Melting Moments

Melting Moments

My favourite as a child was always to top the cookie with a baking gum (gumdrop) . I always picked it off the cookie and saved it until the end. It always seemed like an extra little treat for when you finished the cookie.

I always get questions about the gumdrops for the tops of these cookies. Here in Canada, these baking gums (gumdrops) are carried by Bulk Barn, but I have been told sometimes only seasonally.

Baking gumdrops in a clear glass bowl with additional gumdrops strewn around it.

Baking gums. Firmer gumdrops made specifically for baking.

If you can’t find them try cutting up larger gumdrops instead. Very soft gumdrops are not suitable though. Be sure to use the firmest ones you can find. 

NOTE:

I am often asked about potato flour, an ingredient originally called for in this recipe, when we first posted it over a decade ago. It seems that the brand I once used no longer is called potato flour as it was years ago. Potato flour now refers to finely ground dehydrated potato. That is not want you want to use in this recipe.

Potato starch is much finer textured, very much like corn starch. If you cannot find potato starch, use cornstarch instead.

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This recipe was originally published on Dec 10 2007. Updated November 2020.

 
Melting Moments
Yield: 24 cookies

Melting Moments

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

These Melting Moments truly are the lightest, most delicious, melt in your mouth, shortbread cookies that I've ever tried. Wonderful dipped in chocolate & freeze well too.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup icing sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp lemon extract
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup potato starch, (substitute cornstarch if potato starch is not available)

Instructions

  1. Cream together the butter, icing sugar, vanilla and lemon extracts.
  2. Sift together the all purpose flour and potato flour.
  3. Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture and blend together until a soft dough is formed.
  4. Roll n one inch balls and place 2 inches apart on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  5. Flatten the balls slightly with a fork and add a gumdrop or half a glace cherry to the center of each cookie if desired.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes or until very slightly brown. These will still be quite pale when baked.
  7. Cool on a wire rack. These are also very good dipped in chocolate.

Notes

I am often asked about potato flour, an ingredient originally called for in this recipe, when we first posted it over a decade ago. It seems that the brand I once used no longer is called potato flour as it was years ago. Potato flour now refers to finely ground dehydrated potato. That is not want you want to use in this recipe.

Potato starch is much finer textured, very much like corn starch. If you cannot find potato starch, use cornstarch instead.

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Nutrition Information

Yield

24

Serving Size

24 cookies

Amount Per Serving Calories 123Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 20mgSodium 65mgCarbohydrates 13gFiber 1gSugar 3gProtein 1g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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