It’s shaping up to be a very busy holiday season for me, I’m pretty sure it’s been busy for many of you as well. I haven’t felt much like baking but Christmas wouldn’t be the same without a few homemade cookies.
I love homemade cookies, but I don’t love baking them! Honestly I’d rather bake a dozen cakes! Cookies aren’t difficult, I just find them a bit more time consuming than say baking a cake or a pie.
Last weekend I set out to bake some cookies and decided to make these simple but yummy cookies. They are called anything from Mexican Wedding Balls to Melting Moments or even Melt Away Cookies. I’ve had this recipe for years! I used to roll them into balls then roll them in powder sugar as they cooled. This year to save time I rolled them into logs and cut them into bite size pieces before baking. Then I sprinkled them with powder sugar. Whatever you call them and however you bake them, they are delicious!
The cookie dough needs to be refrigerated for at least an hour before baking so you can make the cookie dough the night before or even a few days ahead of time, then cut or roll them when you’re ready to bake. Very convenient this time of year!
Ingredients – makes 45 pieces of 1″ cookies
1 1/4 cup flour
3/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 sticks butter, softened to room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup Powdered sugar for topping
1. Combine flour, cornstarch, and salt in a bowl.
2. In a separate bowl mix butter and sugar on medium until fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
3. Slowly mix in flour mixture. Mix until all the dry ingredients have mixed into the butter mixture.
5. When ready to bake preheat oven to 350 degrees.
6. Slice dough into 1″ pieces and place on parchment covered cookie sheet.
7. Bake 12 minutes or until bottom and sides start to turn golden brown. Tops of cookies should remain fairly whitish, not brown.
8. Remove from oven and let sit for a couple of minutes to start cooling. Carefully slide parchment paper with cookies on top to the counter and let cool.
9. Sprinkle cookies with powder sugar. I placed the sugar in a sieve or strainer and shook it over the cookies.
10. Store in air tight containers.