Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 18 mins

These cookies simply melt in you mouth, they make a great addition to any holiday cookie platter :)

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 cup butter, softened (no substitutions)
  • 12 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 34 cup finely ground almonds, toasted before grinding (about 3-oz)
  • 1 cup icing sugar (confectioners)
  • 1 tablespoon nutmeg


  1. Set oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Grease a large baking sheet.
  3. In a mixing bowl cream butter, sugar and vanilla until fluffy.
  4. Gradually add flour and mix well.
  5. Stir in ground almonds.
  6. Shape into 1-inch balls.
  7. Place 2 inches apart on baking sheet/s.
  8. Bake for about 18-20 minutes, or until bottoms are lightly browned.
  9. Cool on wire racks.
  10. In a small bowl combine icing sugar and nutmeg.
  11. Gently roll cooled cookies in the sugar mixture.
Most Helpful

I messed up and added the nutmeg to the cookie mix, they still came out real good! A keeper!

Pamela J January 10, 2011

OMGoodness! I have searched forever for my Mama's Christmas Meltaway Cookies and lo and behold ... you have posted it here! The only thing different than Mama's is the nutmeg but I left it out for half the batch and added it for the 2nd half. Oops ... I also changed the ground almonds to ground pecans. We had pecan trees in our yard growing up so we used those nutmeats a lot. Thank you again for absolutely making my day!

Moonchild64 March 03, 2009

Kit - you just keep putting out these 5 star recipes! I made these for a church celebration service and they received rave reviews and many people commenting on how their moms used to make these or how they wanted the recipe! Made exactly as written - very simple to do, even beginner cooks can make these with ease. Tagged in 1.2.3 Hit Wonders 2008

HokiesMom May 04, 2008