Melting Moments

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Appears in
The Modern Baker

By Nick Malgieri

Published 2008

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As far as I can determine, these are an old British cookie. They certainly deserve to be better known. The name is very fitting, because they are like little buttery orange-flavored clouds. Thanks to my friend Kyra Effren, who bakes every day, for sharing her wonderful recipe.


  • cups all-purpose flour (spoon flour into a dry-measure cup and level off)
  • ¾ cup cornstarch


  1. Set racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat to 325°F (160°C).
  2. Stir the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt together and set aside.
  3. Combine the butter and confectioners’ sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat on low speed with the paddle until well mixed. Increase the speed to medium and continue beating until lightened