Raspberry Melt-Aways

Raspberry Melt-Aways. Melt in your mouth butter cookies with a fabulous, fresh raspberry icing!

Oh. My. Word!

Have you ever tasted something so delicious that it made you say something like that – right out loud? That’s exactly what this one said ……….

Raspberry Meltaways - Kids at Airport

………. when she took the first bite of these Raspberry Melt-Aways.

“This one” is Annie, one of our three sweet girls (granddaughters) who flew in from London last Friday. They’re here with their mommy, daddy and baby brother for a summer visit . We couldn’t wait for them to arrive and as you can see from the pictures below, they were super excited as they came running through the Customs & Immigration doors at the airport (so fast that Papa didn’t even have time to focus his camera!).


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Raspberry Melt-Aways - Grammy and her girls at the airport.

We were able to spend the first week with them and had a wonderful time. One morning, I asked if anyone wanted to make cookies with me. There was a unanimous affirmation from the three girls, so I pulled out the mixer and started getting things together.

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These Raspberry Melt-Aways are adapted from Land ‘o Lakes, a super simple recipe, with just a few ingredients; butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, corn starch and flour. That’s it, because they’re so easy to put together, it’s a great recipe to make with kids.

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The topping on the Land ‘o Lakes version of the cookies is peppermint, but we had a beautiful carton of fresh raspberries which I couldn’t resist incorporating into our icing. We smashed and strained the berries, then combined the juice with powdered sugar for a gorgeous pink color and fabulous fresh raspberry flavor. A delicious topping for the melt-in-your-mouth cookies; making them quite irresistible!

While we were putting together the cookies, the girls decided it would be really fun to have a cookie sale. After the cookies were mixed up, rolled into little balls and carefully placed on sheet pans, they got busy making a sign. The kitchen was filled with a sweet, buttery aroma as they worked carefully with colorful markers and crayons.

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They wanted to try to sell their baked goods to some of the neighbors nearby, so once the sign was completed, it was time to find some sort of “cookie wagon”. I had to laugh when I saw their choice – Papa Scott’s fertilizer spreader! They wrapped a box with cheerful paper to hold the cookies and a sheet pan to cover them up.

Raspberry Melt-Aways. Melt in your mouth butter cookies with a fabulous, fresh raspberry icing!

I was quite impressed when Annie asked for a kitchen tongs, so they could pick up the cookies without touching them. I have a feeling she’s been to a few patisseries on the other side of the ocean!

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The girls were so excited about the sale, I was secretly hoping they wouldn’t be disappointed.

Raspberry Melt-Aways. Melt in your mouth butter cookies with a fabulous, fresh raspberry icing!

I soon realized I didn’t have any need to be concerned, as I watched them sell cookie after cookie.

Raspberry Melt-Aways. Melt in your mouth butter cookies with a fabulous, fresh raspberry icing!

I guess not many people can resist three little cutie-pies ringing the bell and offering pretty pink cookies.

Raspberry Melt-Aways. Melt in your mouth butter cookies with a fabulous, fresh raspberry icing!

The girls were quite thrilled with their “loot”, some really fun memories were created and; I’m not sure, but I think there might have been a few more “Oh. My. Word!” statements uttered that fine summer day around the neighborhood.

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Raspberry Melt-Aways - Melt in your mouth butter cookies with a fabulous, fresh raspberry icing!

Try these Raspberry Melt-Aways , you’ll see just what Annie meant!


Raspberry Melt-Aways

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Raspberry Melt-Aways – Melt-in-your-mouth butter cookies with a fabulous, fresh raspberry icing!

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  • Yield: makes 2-3 dozen cookies, depending on the size
  • Category: cookie


  • Ingredients for the cookies:
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • Ingredients for the glaze:
  • ½ cup fresh raspberries, pack them in
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk
  • decorative sprinkles (nonpareils), if desired


  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. Beat butter until soft and fluffy, about 1 minute. Add powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl occasionally, until creamy. Add flour and cornstarch; beat at low speed until well mixed. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. (If you leave it in the refrigerator longer, it will be too hard to scoop.)
  3. Scoop up dough and roll between your palms into balls. (I use an ice cream scoop that holds 2 tablespoons, but you can make them any size you like.) Place 2 inches apart on prepared sheet pan. Bake 15-17 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to cooling rack. Cool completely.
  4. Meanwhile, combine raspberries and 1 tablespoon regular sugar. Mash berries with a fork and let sit for 15 minutes. (The sugar will help release the juice from the berries.) After 15 minutes, strain berries through a fine sieve, pushing on the solids with the back of a spoon until all of the juice is extracted. Discard the solids in the sieve. You will end up with about 3-4 tablespoons of strained juice.
  5. Combine raspberry juice and powdered sugar in a medium-size bowl and whisk until smooth. Add enough milk to make icing consistency thin enough to drizzle, but not so thin that all of the icing drips off of the cookies. Drizzle over cooled cookies. Immediately sprinkle with decorative sprinkles, if desired.


31 thoughts on “Raspberry Melt-Aways”

  • Just lovely! Made these tonight, and since I didn’t have raspberries on hand, I made a simple glaze of powdered sugar and lemon juice, then sprinkled with lemon zest. Can’t wait to try with raspberries! Definitely this weekend. Thank you so much for sharing this. I love your beautiful photos.

  • I found you through Pinterest this morning with the I Want to Marry You cookies 🙂 The recipe intrigued me but now I’m following your blog. LOVE your stories! They warm my heart <3 BTW your granddaughters are beautiful!

  • Oh Chris, they looked so excited and happy to see you and their grandfather, may God bless them always. Selling the cookies was a great idea, you must be really proud!
    The cookies look amazing and the pink glaze made them gorgeous 🙂

  • Best grandma ever! And your granddaughters are gorgeous! I can’t wait until my grandson wants to help in the kitchen. He never plays with his toys at my house – he goes for the cereal boxes and canned good. We find the oddest things in our pantry. These cookies look great but your girls are the real show stoppers!

  • Oh, Chris, what special times for you and the girls! They are just precious and I know you treasure every moment. Those shots at the airport say it all…you can see how much they love you two!!!
    P.S. Your cookies look delish!

  • I love the photo of you with the girls – you all look so happy! The meltaways would be a huge hit in my house and I just happen to have lots of raspberries right now.

  • Oh my heavens, the photos of the girls coming out of immigration made me smile ear-to-ear. Most precious moment ever! I’m so happy that you have your ladies with you, Chris. I love the photo of the four of you together. I know this is supposed to be about the cookies, but it’s kind of impossible to focus on them with so much cuteness around. They are adorable and I love the idea of the raspberry drizzle instead of peppermint. Excellent choice!

  • That’s a winning combination – Chris’s delicious cookies being sold by Chris’s darling granddaughters. I want to be your neighbor!

  • hi chris, great post. Your grandaughters are beautiful and i like the photo that four of you taken together. I can see the beauty and joy that surrounding all of you. Cheers!

  • Chris that is adorable! I don’t think anyone could resist buying a cookie from them even if they tried. I love the photos of the girls arriving but my favourite is the first one where you can see the airport worker smiling at seeing you guys reunited. So beautiful.

  • Chris, every single picture of your grand-daughters is adorable – sounds like you are having a wonderful summer and creating some lovely memories! Enjoy! And, yes, the cookie recipe looks wonderful too!
    Have a great Sunday with your family!

  • My favorite blog of yours ever, ever, ever. Now I have the answer to where the tooth was lost – just wondered whether the tooth fairy was confused. And, it’s nice to know the little girls are “out there” helping to pay for their trip. I have always thought the best recipes are on the back of the boxes (or jars) of products. Companies spend lots of time and money to make their “brand” taste good. Your cookies look delicious. My little 11-year-old is in the chicken/egg business this summer. She got her wish for chickens and a coop and now sells about 20 to 25 cartons a week to the local market. You can take the grandchildren out of Iowa but you cannot take Iowa out of the grandchildren. WooHoo

  • How wonderful! Love the pictures ~ such excitement!!! Tomorrow I will buy some raspberries and give those cookies a whirl. Thanks so much for sharing photos of your beautiful grandchildren!

  • Chris…your Granddaughter’s are absolutely beautiful! I am so glad they had such a great time and success selling their Raspberry Meltaways! Have a great visit with your family! xo

  • Your pictures of your granddaughter’s excitement brought tears to my eyes….what a wonderful visit there will be! Raspberry Melt Aways…what a wonderful name for a cookie. The smiles and pictures attest to their goodness! Enjoy your family time, Chris.

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