These Valentine Raspberry Meltaways are tiny cookies that just melt in your mouth!
For this past holiday cookie baking, I was looking for something new. At my multiples club’s holiday party, there were these amazing mint cookies that just melted in your mouth! Turns out the recipe was these Peppermint Meltaways from Taste of Home. I made them twice myself, and I brought them to our neighborhood cookie exchange, where I won second place!
For Valentine’s Day, I pictured them pink instead of green, but I didn’t think mint was a very Valentines-y flavor. Turns out there are a LOT of extracts available at the grocery store–who knew? I chose raspberry extract and am glad I did. These Valentine Raspberry Meltaways have the same great texture and creaminess of the original cookie, but with a lovely new flavor.
The cookie is similar to a shortbread–so I’ve found that the smaller the cookies are, the easier they are to move without completely falling apart. Their fragility is what makes them “meltaway,” and they’re sturdier once the frosting has been added and becomes solid. The original recipe suggested rolling the dough into 1-inch balls, but I found them much easier to work with by making them half the size.
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1/2 tsp raspberry extract
- 1 1/4 cups flour
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 2 Tbsp butter, softened
- 2 Tbsp milk
- 1/4 tsp raspberry extract
- 3-4 drops red food coloring
- 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
- Valentine sprinkles
- In a small bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in raspberry extract.
- In another bowl, mix flour and cornstarch. Gradually beat into creamed mixture. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes or until firm enough to handle.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Shape dough into 1/2-inch balls and place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 9-11 minutes or until bottoms are light brown. Remove carefully from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
- To make frosting, beat 2 Tbsp butter in a small bowl. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar along with milk, extract and food coloring.
- Spread frosting over cooled cookies. Add Valentine sprinkles if desired.
Do you have experience making cookies like these Valentine Raspberry Meltaways? I’d love to know your tricks for getting less crumbles!
Take a peek at this week’s Tasty Tuesdays recipes linked up below. You’ll find more Valentine’s Day treats and more!
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