Easy Melting Moments

Easy Melting Moments
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My Easy Melting moments are an Aussie classic shortbread biscuit that melts in your mouth. Melting moments are two shortbread biscuits sandwiched together between a zingy not too sweet lemon filling.

Melting moments are super easy and made with only six simple ingredients; butter, flour, cornflour, icing sugar, vanilla and lemon. My easy lemon melting moments recipe is with non-dairy butter because I wanted to share the melting moments with vegan friends. One bite of this soft shortbread with a zingy lemon filling will melt in your mouth.
Homemade melting moments are much easier to make than they look. They taste much better than store-bought ones.

What's the difference between a melting moment and a yo-yo biscuit?
Melting moments recipe has cornflour (cornstarch) and yo-yos are made with custard powder. My recipe is made with cornflour so they are melting moments.
Inspired by Donne Hay in Australia. I have tweaked it and used non-dairy butter as well as changed the lemon filling quantities.
Takes = 30 minutes
Bakes = 10 minutes per tray
Makes = 10 to 12 sandwich style cookies double this recipe for more


  • Unsalted softened butter or non-dairy butter – 175g (just under 3/4 cup)
  • Sifted Icing sugar – 40g (1/4 cup)
  • Vanilla extract (optional) – 1 tsp
  • Sifted Plain flour (all-purpose or your choice) – 150g (about 1 cup)
  • Sifted Cornflour (cornstarch) – 35g (1/4 cup)

Lemon Filling

  • Softened unsalted butter or non-dairy butter – 60g (1/2 cup)
  • Sifted Icing sugar – 100g (2/3 cup)
  • Lemon Juice – 1 tsp
  • Lemon zest – 1 tsp


Step 1
Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F). Line 3-4 baking trays with baking paper.

Step 2
Whip butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. In my video tutorial, I used vegan butter. If you use salted butter in baking the dough may be more watery. Then add in flour and beat until smooth and a dough forms. If the mixture looks too greasy or buttery add a little more flour. Depending on what flour or butter you have used you may need to adjust. If your room is warm, place your dough in the fridge for 10-15 minutes.

Step 3
Scoop out a teaspoon of dough roll it into a ball and place it on the prepared tray, spacing 2 cm apart (about two finger widths). Flatten the top gently with a lightly floured fork. Chill the formed dough balls for 5-10 minutes.

Step 4
Bake for 8-10 minutes until the edges are golden brown. Do not over-brown. You may need to rotate the baking trays halfway through. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Step 5
Lemon filling: using a handheld beater, beat the butter, sifted icing sugar and lemon juice until fluffy and smooth. Chill the lemon filling in the fridge, while the biscuits are cooling. Then spread the filling onto the underneath part of the biscuits and then sandwich together with another biscuit. Store in a covered container for 3-4 days (if they last that long).