Melties with Brown Butter Icing

Honestly the name is a last minute decision.  I (always being the rebel) didn’t like the “real” name: Melting Moment Cookies….what? Melting Moment…that’s just weird…then again so is Melties but that’s just the way I roll.

This recipe came from a SMALL flyer my mom gave me from Quebec, it is from the Five Roses Flour Cie. Once I saw that they were using brown butter for the icing I was hooked.  I love anything brown butter…especially pasta with brown butter and sage and….oh nevermind this is a cookie post (again)!

So the idea is basically a soft shortbread cookie with a delicious brown butter icing sandwiched between 2 cookies…HELLO!  That is just awesomeness to the upmost degree, wouldn’t you agree?

Melties with Brown Butter Icing



1/2 cup butter, unsalted
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp  vanilla extract
1/4 cup whipped cream or 2-3 tablespoons milk (confession: I did the cream)

1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup corn starch
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

How to:


In a medium saucepan heat butter over medium heat until melted.  Continue cooking, stirring constantly, just until the butter begins to turn a golden brown, about 5 minutes. Immediately remove from heat.

In a small bowl, strain butter through a coffee filter or paper towel.  Cool for 30 minutes.  When butter is cold but still liquid, beat with icing sugar and vanilla.  Add cream or milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, and beat until smooth.

learn from my lesson: make sure the "bottom" container is heat proof...!

Preheat oven to 300 degree F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpat.  Set aside.


In a medium bowl, sift flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt.  Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat butter, icing sugar and vanilla until smooth and lighter in color.  Mix in dry ingredients just until incorporated and a smooth dough forms.  Roll dough into balls with your hands using a scant 1 teaspoon and place 2-inches apart on prepared baking sheets.  Flatten the cookies into 3/4-inch disks.

Bake in preheated oven for 13–15 minutes. Cool on wire rack, 10 minutes.

an even number of cookies would be a good idea....

Assembly: (are you kidding me…we need directions for this? OOOOOOK)

Spread underside of 1 cookie with filling.  Sandwich with another cookie, flat side down.  Repeat with remaining cookies and filling.  Dust with icing sugar, if desired.

Part One

Part Deux

Note: I used my small scoop which probably means my cookies were slightly larger than what the recipe suggested….it was a suggestion so I didn’t listen…if it had been an order maybe I would have…OK OK I wouldn’t because I am not a little petite princess with petite little fingers so I need substantial cookies….well, sort….

yummy, buttery, creamy and sweet all in one rich bite!

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Peace and Melties….really? that’s the best I could come up with….sad, just sad.