Nellie’s Melt-Away Cookies

Nellie's Melt-Away Cookies

Ah, melt-away cookies… the name alone conjures up images of delicate, ethereal treats dissolving on your tongue in a cloud of sugary bliss. And the reality does not disappoint! These little wonders are crafted with a handful of simple ingredients, yet they deliver a magical sensory experience.

Imagine this: Light as air, with a texture that falls somewhere between a cookie and a meringue, they practically melt in your mouth with the slightest touch. The sweetness of powdered sugar dances on your taste buds, perfectly balanced by the rich creaminess of butter and a whisper of salt. Vanilla adds a floral elegance, rounding out the flavor profile with a subtle warmth.

Making them is pure baking joy: No fancy equipment or complicated techniques are required. Just a bowl, a spatula, and a little love. Cream the softened butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy; fold in the sifted flour and a pinch of salt, then add a touch of vanilla for good measure. Shape the dough into tiny balls, press, and bake until golden around the edges, and voila – melt-away magic awaits!

These cookies are the epitome of versatility:

  • Elegant tea-time treats: Dust them with powdered sugar for a classic look and serve them alongside dainty cups of your favorite brew.
  • Festive holiday delights: Dip them in melted chocolate, sprinkle with festive sprinkles, or roll them in crushed candy canes for a playful Christmas touch.
  • A quick and easy dessert: Whip up a batch in no time for a delightful last-minute treat or to satisfy a sudden sweet tooth.

Melt-away cookies are a timeless testament to the power of simplicity. With just a few essential ingredients and a little love, you can create a taste of pure heaven that will leave you and your loved ones swooning.

Here are some additional tips for making melt-away cookies:

  • Use high-quality powdered sugar for the best results.
  • Don’t overmix the dough, as this can make the cookies tough.
  • Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes before baking to prevent spreading.
  • Bake the cookies until golden around the edges, as they will continue to firm up as they cool.

So, why not give these melt-away marvels a try? With their irresistible combination of simplicity and flavor, they will become a new favorite in your baking repertoire.

Nellie's Melt-Away Cookies

Nellie's Melt-Away Cookies
A vintage handwritten recipe for Nellie's Melt-Away Cookies made with powdered sugar, butter, sifted flour, salt, and vanilla.
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  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup margarine or butter
  • 1 cup sifted flour with a pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • Melt butter; add sugar, {flour,} and vanilla.
  • Roll up into small balls.
  • Put on cookie sheet, cover with a piece of wax paper and press each one with the bottom of a wine glass (the wax paper keeps the glass from sticking to the cookie).
  • Bake at 375-degrees until light brown.

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Large Mixing Bowl
Cookie Sheet
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Course Cookies
Cuisine American
Keyword Christmas Cookies, Melt-Away

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