Vanilla Melt Away Cookies

Simple Vanilla Melt Away Cookies made with powdered sugar, butter, and a secret ingredient – corn starch!

Simple vanilla melt away cookies made with cornstarch.

Simple Vanilla Melt Away Cookies

You all are the best. I received so many kind, supportive, and just down right great comments yesterday. Thanks!

In celebration of the week almost being over and Husband coming home soon, I thought I’d post a cookie recipe. I made these little gems at Christmas time and never got the recipe up, but it’s worth getting back to now.

Have you ever had melt away cookies?! There are lots of variations (mint, chocolate, coffee…), but my very favorite are the deliciously simple vanilla cookies with vanilla icing. These cookies are a cross between a Mexican wedding cake cookie and shortbread in texture. They are soft but have an incredible fine crumb that just kind of melts in your mouth. And the secret to that amazing texture? Cornstarch! Who would have thought.

These were on Husband’s favorite cookie list this year. He loves how simple and sweet they are without being over the top. And that texture… you really have to try them to understand how tasty it is! I’m going to make some to surprise Thomas when he gets home this weekend, and I know there will be no complaints from the kids if I do.

What are melt away cookies?

Melt away cookies are a soft, lightly sweet shortbread cookie that seem to melt away in your mouth. The unique texture comes from a combination of powdered sugar, corn starch, and butter!

How can I add a little flare to melt away cookies?

This is the plainest version of this cookies but feel free to change it up! You can easily add food coloring to the dough and or icing. It’s easy to sprinkle on sprinkles, crushed candy canes, and sprinkling sugars.

You can change up the flavor by adding additional extracts to the dough or icing like almond, lemon, lime, or orange.

Can I freeze vanilla melt away cookies?

Yes! These store well in an air-tight container and they freeze well.

Vanilla Melt Away Cookies have an amazing texture you'll never guess the secret ingredient! |


Simple Vanilla Melt Away Cookies made with powdered sugar, butter, and a secret ingredient - corn starch!

Vanilla Melt Away Cookies

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths-Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10-12 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes


Simple vanilla melt away cookies made with cornstarch.



For the Cookies

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch

For the Glaze

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 12 tablespoon milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with a baking mat or parchment paper.
  2. Combine the sugar and butter in a large bowl and beat until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the vanilla and combine. Add the flour and cornstarch and mix on low speed until well combined.
  3. Cover the cookie dough and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  4. Shape the dough into round 1-inch balls and place a few inches apart on the cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for one minute and then remove and let them cool on a wire rack.
  5. For the glaze, combine the powdered sugar, butter, vanilla extract and enough milk for desired glazing consistency in small bowl. Drizzle or spread the glaze over cooled cookies.
  6. Enjoy and store any extras in an air-tight container.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


  • Calories: 267
  • Sugar: 23.3g
  • Sodium: 3.2mg
  • Fat: 13.9g
  • Carbohydrates: 35.3g
  • Protein: 1.3g
  • Cholesterol: 36.6mg

Keywords: Dessert, Cookies, Vanilla, Christmas Cookies

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should the dough be dry before you refrigerate it.


In the video they use egg. In this online they don’t. Which is correct.


Can you refrigerate the dough longer than 30 minutes? I’m hoping to mix up the dough the day before I need to back them.


These have become a favorite with all of us! Everyone wants the recipe!

Joyce Boone

Can you tell me how long these can stay out on the counter prepared like you have it here? I made it into a pan cookie. And for the icing, I mixed in gel colors to make it resemble camoflage. Several batches of different colored icing were put on the cookie and then mixed to get it to look like camoflage. It’s for my grandson’s 15th birthday…..he asked for a vanilla cookie. He’s in for a real treat? Thanks for the recipe?


These also tasted good with almond extract! Thanks!

Anna Marie

How many does it make?


Hi can you please explain what corn starch is? I live downunder in NZ thanks


Hi there,
I know it’s 10 months late, but your corn starch may be labeled corn flour. Hope this helps.


I have been making these for years. My only change is no milk in the frosting and instead I use lemon juice.


Do you need to refrigerate since there is milk in the glaze?


Thank you for the reply! I never knew that about sugar!


I made these recently for a family event. Vanilla and lemon were both a HUGE hit. Thanks again!!

Kathleen R.

These sounds amazing! I love cookies that melt in your mouth 🙂

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I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.