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Shortbread biscuits sandwiched with lemon icing. Melting Moments are a timeless Australian cafe favorite! True to their title, they actually “soften” in your mouth. They’re delectable!

Freshly made Melting Moments

Melting Moments – flashback!

I’m fairly positive Melting Moments is without doubt one of the first baked items I ever tried to make. The recipe from the Girls’s Weekly “Greatest Ever Recipes” cookbook revealed again within the 1970’s or 1980’s which, to this present day, remains to be my all time favorite cookbook. It holds such sentimental worth, being the very first cookbook I ever owned. (Really, “owned” is a little bit of a unfastened time period given I stole it from my mom. 😂)

Women's Weekly Best Ever Recipes cookbook

The recipe I take advantage of at the moment relies on the unique Melting Moments recipe from this cookbook, although the ingredient portions and mixing methodology has been barely tweaked for what I believe is a greater “soften in your mouth” texture.

Additionally, the unique recipe referred to as for star formed biscuits to be half dipped in chocolate then sandwiched with orange buttercream frosting, as pictured above. Lately the favored cafe selection is obvious biscuits joined with lemon frosting which is what I’m sharing at the moment.

Substances in Melting Moments

Melting Moments are shortbread cookies joined along with lemon buttercream frosting. Whereas some recipes name for custard powder to make the cookies extra yellow, I personally favor the flavour with out imitation custard flavour. 🙂

The cookies

  • Flour – Simply plain / all-purpose flour.

  • Cornflour / cornstarch – That is what provides shortbread cookies the signature smooth “crumbly” texture.

  • Icing sugar (smooth) / powdered sugar – That is the sweetener for melting moments which supplies the cookies the signature shortbread cookie texture (abnormal sugar makes them tougher).

    ⚠️ Australia – Get packets labelled “SOFT icing sugar” or “icing sugar combination” not pure icing sugar (packet labelled as such). Tender icing sugar is sugar blended with cornflour/cornstarch, tapioca that’s used for fluffy frostings. Pure icing sugar (packet labelled as such) is made with 100% sugar solely and is used for icing that units laborious, like royal icing.

  • Unsalted butter – Softened to room temperature which is (technically!) 17°C / 63°F. Don’t let the butter soften an excessive amount of else the dough is a bit more difficult to roll into balls.

  • Vanilla extract – For flavour. Extract is best than imitation essence. I wouldn’t use vanilla beans or vanilla bean paste for this goal – it’s a waste!

lemon ICING

Older-style recipes, corresponding to the unique Girls’s Weekly recipe, tended to make use of icings which aren’t as creamy however firmer and a bit crumbly. Lately, the cafe variations use buttercream frosting which is smooth, creamy and fluffy, with the commonest being lemon flavoured. In order that’s what I take advantage of in my recipe. Nevertheless, I’m additionally together with a passionfruit model too!

  • Unsalted butter – Softened to room temperature so it may be whipped right into a fluffy frosting.

  • Tender icing sugar / powdered sugar – As famous above, you should definitely get smooth icing sugar! In case you use pure icing sugar the frosting is not going to be smooth and fluffy, it units laborious.

  • Lemon – Each zest and lemon juice.

For a passionfruit frosting, you’ll need passionfruit pulp (recent, not canned, it’s too candy) plus a little bit of lemon to stability out the flavours.

Passionfruit Melting Moments
The recipe additionally features a passionfruit icing model!

Find out how to make melting moments

  1. Cream butter – Place butter, vanilla and icing sugar in a bowl. Beat for 1 minute till easy and fluffy, beginning on low pace to keep away from an icing sugar cloud-storm.

  2. Dry in dry in 3 tons – Add 1/3 of the cornflour and flour, then stir it in with a rubber spatula. As soon as the flour is integrated, add half the remaining cornflour and flour, stir in, then repeat. The combination is a somewhat softer than typical cookie dough, nevertheless it shouldn’t be pourable.

  1. Scoop 1 tablespoon of the combination onto the trays – 28 mounds in complete. A cookie scoop with a lever is helpful right here!

  2. Roll – Then roll into balls utilizing frivolously floured palms to forestall the dough from sticking. As talked about above, this dough is somewhat softer that typical cookie dough.

  1. Flatten with fork – Use a fork dipped in flour to press the balls right down to 1 cm / 0.4″ thickness.

  2. Bake for quarter-hour in a 180°C / 350°F (160°C fan-forced) oven, switching the tray cabinets and rotating on the 10 minute mark. The cookies needs to be very pale golden, not browned.

  1. Absolutely cool on the trays.

  2. Lemon icing – In the meantime, make the lemon icing. Beat the butter first till creamy, then progressively add the icing sugar, beginning on low with the hand held beater to keep away from a snow-storm. Add the lemon zest and juice, then beat on excessive for two minutes to make the frosting good and fluffy!

  1. Sandwich the melting moments collectively with lemon frosting. A piping bag makes brief work on this in addition to making the sides of the icing good and tidy, however you can simply unfold with a spoon or knife.

  2. Refrigerate 1 hour – You may eat the cookies immediately however the frosting will likely be somewhat smooth so it squirts out whenever you chew into the cookies. So to scale back squirt-age, I prefer to refrigerate the melting moments for 1 hour to set the frosting. Then deliver to room temperature earlier than consuming which softens the frosting once more, nevertheless it’s nonetheless not as smooth as when freshly made so it received’t squirt out as a lot.

    (I actually by no means thought I’d use the phrase “squirt” a lot in a single paragraph. What has turn into of me?? 😂)

Stack of Melting Moments

Why home made tastes higher

Make these for afternoon tea, for a bake sale, for e book membership with your pals. Or, simply because home made Melting Moments actually are that a lot better than mass-produced retailer purchased ones. Sure, I actually did purchase some so I may inform you that the cookies aren’t as “soften in your mouth” and the frosting is normally dried out moderately than creamy inside.

However the factor that bothers me essentially the most is that many retailer purchased cookies aren’t made with butter however as a substitute use more economical fats choices like vegetable shortening which don’t have any flavour. Butter is what makes these so good!!

I hope you get an opportunity to make these certainly one of lately. They are surely particular! – Nagi x

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Freshly made Melting Moments

Melting Moments

Servings14 cookies (sandwiched)

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Recipe video above. These particular cookies are an Australian cafe favorite. Shortbread cookies joined with lemon buttercream frosting, they’re superbly buttery, lemony and true to their title, actually “soften in your mouth” not like every other cookie I do know!My cookies are beneficiant sized as a result of I like them large: 6cm / 2.4″ diameter, 3.5-4cm / 1.5″ thick. I would not go any bigger (an excessive amount of cookie) however be happy to go smaller!


  • Preheat oven to 180°C / 350°F (160°C fan-forced). Line 2 trays with paper.

  • Cream butter – Place butter, vanilla and icing sugar in a bowl. Beat for 1 minute till easy and fluffy (begin on low to keep away from an icing sugar cloud-storm).

  • Dry in 3 tons – Stir in cornflour and flour in 3 tons utilizing a rubber spatula. (ie add 1/3 of flour + cornflour, stir in, repeat twice extra).

  • Scoop 1 tablespoon of the combination onto the trays (cookie scoop helpful right here), then roll into balls utilizing frivolously floured palms (to forestall it from sticking). It is best to have 24 – 28 balls.

  • Bake – Press down into 1 cm / 0.4″ thickness utilizing a fork. Bake for quarter-hour, switching the trays on the 10 minute mark. Absolutely cool on trays.

  • Sandwiching – Pipe frosting onto half the melting moments, then sandwich with remaining cookies.

  • Set – Refrigerate for 1 hour to set the frosting (else it is so smooth, it squirts out!). Then take away from the fridge half-hour previous to serving.

Lemon icing:

  • Cream butter – Place butter in a bowl and beat with an electrical mixer on medium excessive for 1 minute till easy and fluffy. Add 1/3 of the icing sugar, then beat in beginning on low and rising to excessive (to keep away from snow-storm!). Repeat one other 2 instances.

  • Beat 2 minutes – Add lemon zest and juice. Then beat on excessive for two minutes till fluffy. Switch to piping bag, snip finish off to make a 1cm / 1/2″ gap. Use per recipe.

Recipe Notes:

 1.Butter US measurement – You’ll want 17 tbsp of butter for this recipe which is 2 sticks + 1 tbsp.
2. Icing sugar kind – In case you’re in Australia, don’t get pure icing sugar, units laborious like for royal icing. Get packet labelled SOFT icing sugar or “icing sugar combination”, or examine the substances and guarantee there’s both cornflour/cornstarch, tapioca or related in addition to cane sugar/sugar.
Storage – Maintain in an hermetic container for 4 to five days. It’s greatest to retailer within the fridge however deliver to room temperature earlier than serving. Although if it’s pretty cool climate, you’ll be able to simply preserve within the pantry.
Diet per Melting Second. Keep in mind, these are generously sized! 🙂

Diet Info:

Energy: 335cal (17%)Carbohydrates: 36g (12%)Protein: 2g (4%)Fats: 21g (32%)Saturated Fats: 13g (81%)Polyunsaturated Fats: 1gMonounsaturated Fats: 6gTrans Fats: 1gLdl cholesterol: 54mg (18%)Sodium: 4mgPotassium: 22mg (1%)Fiber: 0.4g (2%)Sugar: 21g (23%)Vitamin A: 625IU (13%)Vitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 8mg (1%)Iron: 1mg (6%)

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