Christmas Meltaway Cookies

If you want a cookie with a soft butter texture and just the perfect amount of sweetness, then these Christmas meltaway cookies are for you!

You’ll want to give this easy to make delicious Christmas Cookie recipe a try over the holidays. Not only are these melt-in-your-mouth soft and delicious, they look pretty on a cookie platter, and even make a nice holiday gift for teachers and coaches.

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milk and cookies on a mug

Making the batter for our Christmas meltaways is simple. Bake, then top them with a quick royal icing to give them a professionally finished look – without the effort, I promise!

If you’ve never tried Christmas Meltaway Cookies, this should be the year! You’ll have gorgeous looking, gorgeous tasting cookies in less about an hour!

What Are Meltaway Cookies?

Meltaway cookies are named for their incredibly smooth and buttery texture that melts in your mouth. They have a delicate consistency with a deliciously sweet flavor. Meltaway cookies are often decorated with frosting or royal icing, so they can quickly be customized for events and holidays.

How Do I Store Meltaway Cookies?

Meltaway cookies can be kept at room temperature for up to a week. Store them in an airtight container on the cupboard and they will stay soft and fresh. Thankfully, they certainly won’t last that long!

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Can I Freeze Meltaway Cookies?

Yes, you can freeze meltaway cookies! They can be frozen after they’ve been frosted, but for best results, freeze them before covering them with royal icing. Place the cookies in a freezer-safe Ziploc bag or an airtight container with some plastic wrap pushed down around the cookies. They’ll stay fresh for 3 months.

What Can I Use Instead of Royal Icing?

If you have a container of frosting in the cupboard, you can use that instead. Scoop about half your frosting into a wide, microwave-safe bowl. Melt in 15-second increments, stirring between each.

The frosting will get smooth and become more liquid in consistency. Simply dip your cooled cookies in the frosting and allow them to dry. You can add sprinkles while the frosting is wet.

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Tips for Making Christmas Meltaway Cookies

  • Allow your refrigerated ingredients to come to room temperature before you begin.
  • Sift your powdered sugar before using it in your batter to prevent lumps.


  • Don’t try to frost these cookies before they’re cool! Your frosting will melt off the cookies.
  • I think making the Christmas tree decoration is pretty easy, but if you’re not in the mood for all the fuss, just top these with sprinkles while the royal icing is wet. You can also color your royal icing any holiday color you wish with a few drops of food coloring and skip the decoration altogether!

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3 christmas meltaway cookies on a wire cooling rack


  • Butter – You can use margarine instead in equal amounts.
  • Corn Syrup – You can use maple syrup instead, or honey, but the color of your icing will have a slight yellow tint. You may want to use food coloring to make your frosting a prettier shade.

More Yummy Christmas Treats You’ll Love

Around my house, we LOVE Christmas, and if you’re like us, you’re ready to bake up holiday goodies the minute Thanksgiving is over! Here’s some of our favorites for you to try:

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Christmas Meltaway Cookies

Yield: 12-14 cookies

Christmas Meltaway Cookies

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

If you’ve got an hour, you’ve got time to make these gorgeous Christmas Meltaway Cookies with an easy decorating technique that will make you feel like a pro! These melt-in-your-mouth, soft and buttery cookies will be a hit at every party.



For the Cookie Dough:

  • 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Royal icing:

  • 1 and ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp light corn syrup
  • 2.5 tbsp room temp water
  • Pinch of sea salt

Christmas tree:

  • Green icing in a tube
  • Christmas sprinkles (with stars)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. In a medium bowl or stand mixer, beat together the cornstarch, powdered sugar, and butter. Add in the vanilla bean paste and beat again.
  3. Measure out the salt and flour in a separate bowl. Stir to combine, then transfer to the dry ingredients to the sugar and butter mixture. Stir until everything bunches together into a dough ball.
  4. Using a rounded tablespoon, place the cookies on a parchment-lined cookie sheet about 1 inch apart.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes, being careful not to overbake. Because these are moist meltaway cookies, they are done when the bottom edges are slightly brown, and the cookie has set. Let cool completely before adding royal icing.

    Royal icing/topping:

  6. Stir together all the royal icing ingredients in a bowl.
  7. Once the cookies are cooled, use a large spoon to start the icing in the center of the cookie. Leave room around the edges for a classic look!
  8. Gently shake the cookie to even out the icing. Let the iced cookies sit for a minimum of five minutes before moving to the next step. A shell should form from the icing.
  9. To make the Christmas tree, start at the top with your green tube of icing and zig-zag your way down while slowly making wider strokes. Carefully add sprinkles and a star at the top.

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© David Murphy Cuisine: Dessert / Category: Christmas

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