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February 11, 2012

Recipe: Melting Moments

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Melting Moments

My mother used to make these biscuits when I was a child, so each time I eat one it’s like a trip down memory lane. Melting Moments are shortbread-like in texture and are sandwiched together with icing. The recipe is taken from one of my older cookbooks, which is why it’s not in metric measurements.



7 oz butter
3oz icing sugar (powdered sugar)
4 oz plain flour
4 oz corn flour (corn starch)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder


Cream butter and icing sugar in a mixing bowl. Sift the flour, corn flour and baking powder and add to the bowl. Combine well. Roll in balls (small teaspoon size) and place on a greased cookie sheet. Flatten a fraction with your hand, then press each biscuit a bit flatter with a fork. Bake in a moderate oven (350F or 170C) for 15 – 20 minutes until they’re still pale but their bottoms are turning brown. Once the biscuits are cool sandwich them together with your favorite icing.


1. To stop your fork sticking to the biscuit, dip the fork in a cup of cold water between flattening each biscuit. My mother taught me this handy hint.

2. I usually use a lemon or passion fruit icing (frosting) to sandwich the biscuits together. You can also use your favorite jam.

Do you have particular recipes that bring back your childhood?


  1. Beth F

    Oh man these sound good. My mom and I used to make chocolate chip cookies quite often when I was a teen.

    • Shelley Munro

      I have great memories of my mother teaching us to cook when we were kids. My brother, sister and I used to all choose one recipe from the book and having a baking session during the weekends. Fun times.

  2. Cathy Pegau

    My DD (15) is learning to cook and would love this recipe. I think she’ll need to test it out on us ; )

    My grandmother used to make tapioca pudding all the time. I think of her whenever we have it.

    • Shelley Munro

      I never mind being a guinea pig in situations like that :)
      Not so keen on the tapioca pudding though!

  3. Mary Kirkland

    That sounds interesting. The two recipes I make that bring back memories of my childhood are my tacos and enchilada casserole. My mom used to make both of them and now my brother and I do too.

    • Shelley Munro

      It’s great when parents pass on cooking skills and recipes. A lot of people don’t/can’t cook these days.

  4. jama

    Yum! These sound perfect with a nice cup of tea. Thanks for sharing the recipe :).

    • Shelley Munro

      Definitely good with a cup of tea!

  5. Savannah Chase

    You always post such yummy things…

    • Shelley Munro

      I’m glad I can tempt you, Savannah.

  6. Diane (bookchickdi)

    My great aunt Ellen used to let me help her make Chocolate Cream Pie. What a nice memory you have brought back to me- thank you.

    • Shelley Munro

      It’s cool how certain dishes and scents invoke memories. My mother passed away a long time ago but cooking always brings back memories.

  7. JoAnn

    These look so good! Every time I eat a snickerdoodle, I remember baking them with my mother… happy memories.

    • Shelley Munro

      I don’t know what a snickerdoodle is…

  8. Nikki-ann

    Those look great. Thanks for sharing the recipe with us :)

    • Shelley Munro

      Thanks for stopping bu, Nikki-ann.

  9. caite@a lovely shore breeze

    I remember reading about these cookies awhile ago. I had never heard of them before and I meant to make them…

    • Shelley Munro

      According to my recipe book they’re a New Zealand recipe, which I found interesting.

  10. Sandra Cox

    Yummy! I’d have to go with chocolate icing.

  11. Sandra Cox

    Yummy. I’d have to use chocolate icing.

    • Shelley Munro

      You could add a little cocoa to the biscuits and sandwich them together with chocolate icing. That would work. :)

  12. Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook

    These look delicious! And even better that it evokes wonderful memories. Mine would be my grandma’s chocolate chip cookies. They were always just the way I like them, crispy on the edges and chewy in the middle.

    • Shelley Munro

      Ah, I love chocolate chip cookies. A match made in heaven cookies and chocolate.

  13. Joy Weese Moll

    These look great. My mother wasn’t much of a cook, but she would whip up a chocolate icing now and then and we would make “sandwiches” using graham crackers on the outside.

    • Shelley Munro

      We don’t have graham biscuits here in NZ. They’re used in smores right?

  14. Peggy Ann

    My granddaughter and I will make these on her next visit and start a new tradition!

    • Shelley Munro

      That sounds wonderful :)

  15. Nas

    Hi Shelley,

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. Sounds so yum. Have to try it out now.

    • Shelley Munro

      Hubby certainly likes these. :)

  16. Brinda

    This food post is killing me. I am trying to lose weight and shortbread biscuits are one of my favorite things. :(

    • Shelley Munro

      Short bread is one of my favorites. Unfortunately I’m on a diet too, or I’m meant to be. :(

  17. Ciara Knight

    I’m with Brinda. :) I’m trying to lose weight and now all I want is a sugary treat. That’s awesome that your mom use to cook with each of you.