My Grandmother’s Melt in Your Mouth Cookies

My Grandmother's Melt in Your Mouth Cookies by virginiasweetpea.com

Today I’m sharing a family favorite cookie that brings back so many wonderful memories.  My grandmother was a wonderful cook and baker.  When she came to visit, she would arrive with tin after tin of assorted cookies.  The cookie that we most looked forward to eating wasn’t in a tin, it was in a Russell Stover paper candy box.  We would eagerly take off the lid of the box and inside would be cookies that literally melted in your mouth.  Granny iced these cookies with a thin glaze of icing, sometimes flavored with a hint of lemon.

My Grandmother's Melt in Your Mouth Cookie

I truly don’t think that anyone could make these cookies taste as good as my grandmother could, but my mom and I both try.  The secret is to roll the dough very thin.  I can’t successfully get my cookies as thin as my grandmother’s but I’m getting close.

The ingredients for these cookies are few:  butter, flour, powdered sugar, and egg, and vanilla.  The dough can be chilled or you can roll it out immediately.  I usually break off a quarter of the dough at a time to roll and keep the rest in the refrigerator until I’m ready for it.  My grandmother’s hint to me for rolling out the dough is to mix powdered sugar with flour for the rolling surface.  Be sure to coat your rolling pin as well as this dough can get sticky very quickly.

Cutting Out Granny's Melt in Your Mouth Cookies

Place cut out cookies on either a parchment or Silpat lined baking sheet.  Bake at 400 degrees for 2 minutes, turn pan and bake for another 1 1/2 to 2 minutes.  Watch these cookies closely as they can quickly get too brown.

Granny's Cookies on Cookie Sheet

Cool cookies on a wire rack.

Granny's Cookies Cooling

My grandmother always iced her cookies with a thin coat of icing.  Simply whisk powdered sugar with a bit of water until the icing is of a glazing consistency.  I tinted my icing with a touch of pink since I made hearts for Valentine’s Day.

Icing for Granny's Cookies

Thinly coat cookies with icing.  Make sure the icing is dry before storing the cookies in a container.  I recommend putting a layer of parchment or waxed paper between each layer of cookies.

Granny's Cookies Iced

My Grandmother's Melt in Your Mouth Cookies

My Grandmother's Melt in Your Mouth Cookies

This sugar cookie recipe is the best. The dough is rolled thin and after baked, iced with a glaze. The cookies truly melt in your mouth and they are a family favorite.


  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup soft butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla


  • Sift together flour, salt, and powdered sugar.
  • Cut in butter until the mixture resembles course meal.
  • Beat egg and add to mixture along with vanilla. Blend well and form into a ball. Dough may be chilled if desired.
  • Roll out a quarter of the dough at a time on a floured pastry cloth or board to 1/8". Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 2 minutes, turn pan and bake for another 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Watch closely as these cookies will get too brown very quickly.

  • These cookies are so good!  Growing up, they were a tradition for Christmas and later on for Valentine’s Day.  My brother and I gobbled them up about as quickly as she could make them!

    My Grandmother's Melt in Your Mouth Cookie

    Wouldn’t your sweetie love a few of these for Valentine’s Day?


    1. These look totally yummy, Paula! I’ll have to give them a try. My hubby would love them. You’re so smart to have kept one of your grandmother’s recipes. I’ve kicked myself two million times for not learning to make my grandmother’s biscuits! Nobody could make them like her.

      1. My grandmother made good biscuits, too! She didn’t use a recipe and even though I watched her make them over and over, I can’t make them taste like hers!

    2. MMmm!!! These look amazing, delish and pretty too!! I love recipes that are tried and true and passed down through the family! Those are the best kind of recipes! It’s been fun to party with you Paula!

    3. Paula…these cookies look so pretty & I bet they do just melt in your mouth. Grandma’s make the best cookies for sure, but I am sure yours are just as delicious. Thank you for sharing your family recipe. Such fun to kick off the tour together. I didn’t know you were a runner ( must do after a batch of these! ) ~ me too. Liked getting to know you better & will make these!

      1. I am so glad my grandmother gave me that tip. I have to reroll this dough over and over to use it and adding the powdered sugar preserves their great taste.

    4. My roommate used to make a cookie very similar to this and they really did melt in your mouth! These look awesome, Paula! Pinning this to my dessert board right now! Thanks for sharing your mother’s recipe!

    5. I made your cookies for my sweetheart yesterday. They are so good and very easy. He loved them. I will be making them again.

    6. These look amazing and their story—priceless. Can’t wait to try them when my kitchen is back in working order!

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