Melting Moments Recipe
Cookies That Melt in The Mouth
Melting Moments are traditional Australian and New Zealand cookies that do just that -- melt in the mouth. We won't argue about who had them first, New Zealand or their neighbour...let's just say we all enjoy them, regardless.
In fact I have recipes that are British Melting Moments so we, in the colonies, have no doubt tweaked them to make them Australasian! The British recipe that I have seen are rolled in coconut, oats or cornflakes and contains egg. A glace cherry is place on the top.
These tasty morsels are simple to make and VERY easy to eat.
So Few Ingredients!
Made with as few as five ingredients the batter is rolled into small balls and usually flattened with a fork. Sometimes they are piped onto the baking trays.
The cooled baked cookies are then sandwiched together with jam or butter icing (most traditional).
Ingredients: Butter, Icing Sugar, Flour, Cornflour and Baking Powder!
Do you like Melting Moments?
- 250 g (8 oz) butter
- 90 g (3 oz) Icing Sugar
- 1/2 Cup Cornflour
- 1/2 Cup Flour
- 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
- Cream butter and sugar together and work in other ingredients. Roll into small balls and place on greased baking tray and press flat with a fork.
- Bake about 20 minutes at 180 deg C or 350 deg F.
- When cool place together with raspberry jam or butter icing.
Variations on a Theme
Change the flavor by using a butter frosting with these variations.
Mix together 2 oz (60 g) butter, 4/3 of a cup of icing sugar and...
- Coffee: 1 tablespoon coffee essence.
- Maple: 1 tablespoon Maple Syrup
- Lemon or orange: Juice of half a lemon or orange.
- Passionfruit: Pulp and seeds of one fruit.
- Choc Chip: 1 tablespoon small chocolate chips.
- To make a chocolate Melting Moment substitute the cocoa for the flour.
- Why not add some chopped nuts for something different?
What is Corn Flour? - In America it is called Cornstarch!
So you think "cornstarch is cornstarch, right" ?....actually it is also corn flour! And it is also known as maize starch. Unlike wheat flour (which contains some protein) corn flour is a true starch....other starches include arrowroot starch, potato starch and tapioca. Corn flour is the white powdered starch derived from maize.
Many countries call cornstarch by the name of corn flour, in particular the UK, Ireland and Commonwealth countries.
Used as a thickener in casseroles and cooking...it is also useful in baking (as in Melting Moments!). When using corn flour as a thickener for a sauce you only need to use half the amount that you would use of wheat flour. But don't add it without first mixing with a small amount of cold water to make what is called a slurry...it will be lumpy and hard to dissolve.
At one time cornstarch was used for starching laundry. It is also used as an anti-caking agent in confectionery sugars.
And...it's useful in gluten free recipes!
Have you heard of corn flour before?
The Yummy Yo Yo
The 'Melting Moment' came first and then came the 'Yo Yo'. The main difference between the two is that rather than using corn flour custard powder is used. Just as yummy though. The Yo Yo normally has a butter icing sandwiching them together.
When I lived in Africa I was given a recipe for 'Super Biscuits' and they have a similar melting texture. Perhaps it's an African variety! Super Biscuits have always been my favorite. This particular recipe contains eggs and custard powder but no cornflour. The cookies are not sandwiched together and I've always topped them with cherries.
Photo by Lyn Bell
Photo by Lyn Bell