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Butter Meltaways Recipe

Butter Meltaways Recipe

Beech Grove, Indiana field editor Sue Call suggests, "Add variety to this recipe by substituting lemon flavoring for the vanilla plus a teaspoon of lemon peel."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling YIELD:24 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Additional sugar


  • 1. In a bowl, cream butter, oil and sugars. Add egg and vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda and cream of tartar; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Chill for several hours or overnight.
  • 2. Preheat oven to 350°. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Flatten with a fork dipped in flour; sprinkle with sugar. Bake 13-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on wire racks. Yield: about 4 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 146 calories, 9 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 19 mg cholesterol, 68 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.

Reviews for Butter Meltaways

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Reviewed Feb. 28, 2016

"These cookies are so divine! I absolutely loved them and made them twice in a weeks' time. I have tried them by using the original recipe and also by adding the lemon extract and peel and both versions were excellent."

Reviewed Jun. 9, 2015

"The name may be a little confusing. It's mainly a good butter cookie, but kind of a butter/sugar cookie combo which is very cool! Like that they're not as sugar-coated!"

Reviewed May. 2, 2015

"Beyond yummy! I added 2 tablespoons of peanut butter (more or less, whatever you want) and bam! You've got peanut butter cookies :D"

Reviewed Dec. 9, 2013

"I truly love a sugar cookie that is crisp and melts in your mouth! This is a result of using confectioner sugar in the recipe. Excellent cookie Gail Borczyk, Field Editr"

Reviewed Jun. 28, 2013

"These metlaways really do melt in your mouth. They taste much like a shortbread. Very nice cookie."

Reviewed Jun. 14, 2012

"A fantastic, simple recipe - yielding 48 cookies/24 servings. The basic flavor is easy to do - switching the xtracts and using grated lemon peel. Etc.!"

Reviewed Dec. 23, 2011

"I have been making these cookies for years, and everyone loves them."

Reviewed Jun. 7, 2011

"These cookies are execellent, my friends and co-workers love them. I make them all the time."

Reviewed Jan. 2, 2011

"I have been making these for years. They are always a big hit."

Reviewed Nov. 27, 2010

"As I  stated these are a wonderful cookie i do let them set a day or two they get better tasting with time, also i think i will try some lemon and the zest this as i'm now living in FL , Happy baking everyone ! 

by the way can anyone help me find a recipe called pistachio sticks, it's a short bread cookie that is dipped in chocolate on the ends and then in the nuts it came out awhile ago on the sister magazine Family Circle  now is lost, which is also a great cookie.i have looked and can not find.
please help thanks again

Reviewed Nov. 26, 2010

"OH WOW ! i have been making this cookie for awhile now and had lost it SO! happy to have it back ,,, thanks happy holidays!"

Reviewed Nov. 21, 2009

"These are the kind of cookies that I love, and they're great. Simple. Delicious. It doesn't always need to be a lot of ingredients, chocolate, sprinkles, etc. Just simple, delicious, ingredients. Good!"

Reviewed Sep. 10, 2009

"These are not very good. I hated wasting the ingredients. I kept looking at the recipe to see if I forgot something or did something wrong, but I made them correctly. Big disappointment."

Reviewed Aug. 15, 2009

"I have a recipe similar to this and I add 2 tsp. lemon and 1 tsp.

nutmeg for a different flavored
cookie. Try it."

Reviewed Dec. 30, 2008

"these remind me very much of the old Girl Scout cookies called Scot Teas. They are absolutely delicious. Will definitely make them again."

Reviewed Feb. 18, 2008

"These cookies are delicious. I use the lemon extract and lemon zest plus 1/4 tsp nutmeg and a pinch of ground cloves. I also added a lemon glaze. (just confectioners suguar, karo syrup and lemon juice. Heavenly.

Pat Weaver"

Reviewed Dec. 12, 2007

"these are very very good, As the recipe says, they melt in your mouth. Mmmm"

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