Melt-Away Butter Cookies literally melt in your mouth. These butter cookies are made from five everyday ingredients that produce a buttery cookie with an amazing texture and flavor. These tasty morsels are bite-sized, ultra-light, delicate and totally addictive.
Estimated reading time: 7 minutes
Table of Contents
- Ingredients for Melt-Away Cookies?
- Special Equipment Needed To Form These Tasty Morsels
- Making the Dough for the Melt-Away Butter Cookies
- Pressing and Baking the Cookies
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Other Buttery Cookie Recipes
Ingredients for Melt-Away Cookies?
The five simple ingredients that I used in these cookies included unsalted butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract, salt and all-purpose flour.
You probably have all of these ingredients at your disposal right now!
Special Equipment Needed To Form These Tasty Morsels
I used a cookie press with a wreath disk to form these cookies. While there are a lot of different cookie presses available, mine is the Oxo Good Grips cookie press.
A cookie press is a piece of equipment that is used to make pressed cookies. These pressed cookies and wafers are often referred to as spritz cookies.
A cookie press consists of a cylinder to hold the dough with a plunger at one end and a decorative disk at the other end. The plunger is used to push the cookie dough through the disk onto a baking sheet.
Making the Dough for the Melt-Away Butter Cookies
Making the dough for these cookies was super simple.
Step 1: Creaming the Butter
The first thing that I did was to cream the softened butter with my electric mixer.
Step 2: Combining Confectioners’ Sugar, Vanilla and Salt with Butter
Next, I added the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract and salt to the butter. I beat the mixture on high with my electric mixer until it was light and fluffy.
Step 3: Adding the Flour
Once the butter/sugar mixture was light and fluffy, I added the flour. I beat the mixture on low just until the flour was well combined.
Pressing and Baking the Cookies
Once the dough was ready, I assembled the cookie press with a wreath disk. Then, I added the dough to the cookie press cylinder.
I placed the cookie press perpendicular to an uncreased cookie sheet with the disk side down. Then, I pressed on the lever to force the dough out of the bottom of the disk.
When you use a cookie press, it’s important that the cookie sheet be ungreased and not be lined with parchment paper, a silicone mat or anything else. The reason is that on a slippery, greased cookie sheet or lined cookie sheet, the dough will remain stuck to the press, not the cookie sheet. On an ungreased cookie sheet, the dough will release from the cookie press.
Once I had pressed a tray of cookies, I popped them into a preheated 325°F oven for a little over 16 minutes.
At that point, the cookies were a golden brown around the edges and were perfectly done. I removed them from the oven and continued baking the remaining cookies.
I removed the cookies from the baking sheets and placed them on a wire rack to cool completely.
I ended up with 7 dozen ultra-light, delicate and buttery Melt-Away Butter Cookies. Yum!
Frequently Asked Questions
I used a cookie press in this recipe to produce the delicate little pressed cookies. However, I could have also formed the cookies using a piping bag and a star tip. I could have also rolled the cookies in a ball and flattened them on the cookie sheet.
These cookies are called melt-away because of their melt in your mouth characteristics. Generally, melt-away cookies are soft and lightly sweet shortbread cookies with a unique texture produced by the combination of confectioners’ sugar and lots of butter!
Spritz cookies are actually a type of German Christmas cookie. They are generally made with a combination of flour, butter, sugar and eggs and are called Spritzgeback. The word Spritz had its origins from the German word “spritzer”. Translated, “spritzer means “to squirt”. As such Spritz cookies are made by “squirting” the dough through a cookie press.
You can use salted butter if that’s all you have on hand. However, you should omit the salt. However, even with the omission of the salt, the cookies will have a slightly saltier taste.
Other Buttery Cookie Recipes
If you’re a fan of buttery cookies, you should check out these delicious recipes:
Melt-Away Butter Cookies
- Cookie Press (See Tip 1)
- 1 ¼ cups (2 ½ sticks, 10 ounces) unsalted butter, softened (See Tip 2)
- ¾ cup (3 ounces) confectioners' sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
- 2 ½ cups (12.5 ounces) all-purpose flour
- Preheat oven to 325°F.
- In a large bowl, cream butter with electric mixer on high speed. Add confectioners' sugar, vanilla extract and salt. Beat on high until light and fluffy. Add flour. Beat on low just until combined.
- Fill cylinder of cookie press with dough. Press cookies onto ungreased cookie sheet. (See Tip 2)
- Bake in preheated 325°F oven for 15 to 17 minutes or until cookies are golden brown around the edges. Cool on wire rack.
- Store in airtight container.
- Yield: 7 dozen cookies.
Chula’s Expert Tips
- If you don’t have a cookie press, you can pipe the cookies from a piping bag fitted with a star tip, or roll the dough into small balls and flatten them with your hand.
- If you use salted butter, omit the addition of salt. Also, with salted butter, your cookies will be slightly saltier.
- It’s important that you use an ungreased baking sheet. The cookie press will not work properly with a greased baking sheet or a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat. There is ample butter in the cookies to prevent them from sticking.