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February 11th, 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?

33 comments to “Recipe: Melting Moments”

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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.

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

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

  8. Definitely good with a cup of tea!

  9. You always post such yummy things…

  10. I’m glad I can tempt you, Savannah.

  11. 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.

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

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

  14. I don’t know what a snickerdoodle is…

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

  16. Thanks for stopping bu, Nikki-ann.

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

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

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

  20. Hello :)

  21. Yummy. I’d have to use chocolate icing.

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

  23. 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.

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

  25. 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.

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

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

  28. That sounds wonderful :)

  29. Hi Shelley,

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

  30. Hubby certainly likes these. :)

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

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

  33. 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.