Holiday Shortbread Balls (Melting Moments Makeover)

Lightly sweet, melt-in-the-mouth Melting Moments get a classic cookie makeover, turning them into Holiday Shortbread Balls.Lightly sweet, melt-in-the-mouth Melting Moments get a classic cookie makeover, turning them into Holiday Shortbread Balls.

It was an old cookie recipe of my mother’s. She made it every Christmas–high rounded cookies topped with pink and green buttercream and a single silver ball. 

I decided to make them myself this year.  And just twelve months ago, I might have been able to ask her about them. But over the past year her dementia worsened and a complicated and unpleasant move to Memory Care only made things worse.

Making Holiday Shortbread Balls (or Melting Moments)

I still have piles of her recipes, stored away in my basement. But I knew that combing through these could take weeks, with no guarantees. And my first internet search was fruitless. Then I remembered the annual WE-Energies holiday cookie book. Lightly sweet, melt-in-the-mouth Melting Moments get a classic cookie makeover, turning them into Holiday Shortbread Balls.

Created in the late 1920s to promote the use of electric appliances, our local utility has published a holiday cookie book (more or less annually) since then. Available in limited quantities, people line up around the block at the hugely popular distribution events.

1962 Wisconsin Electric “Cooky” Book

Happily, it is now available online, and it was there that I found the recipe, in the 1962 cookbook. Complete with the pink and green frosting! 

Modern “sprinkles”

This year, I wanted to do a different decorative treatment. I’d seen holiday sprinkles at Michaels and those were destined for the top of white buttercream. And I renamed them Holiday Shortbread Balls.

Lightly sweet, melt-in-the-mouth Melting Moments get a classic cookie makeover, turning them into Holiday Shortbread Balls.

Mmm!

Mom had made a change herself, I discovered. The originals were flavored with almond and hers were vanilla. Of course, I went with hers.

So today I share with you, my homage to Christmas past.  

Lightly sweet, melt-in-the-mouth Melting Moments get a classic cookie makeover, turning them into Holiday Shortbread Balls.

Finishing the decorating

Holiday Shortbread Balls
Serves 24
Lightly sweet, melt-in-the-mouth Melting Moments get a classic cookie makeover, turning them into Holiday Shortbread Balls
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
1 hr
143 calories
14 g
25 g
9 g
1 g
6 g
29 g
8 g
7 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
29g
Servings
24
Amount Per Serving
Calories 143
Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g
14%
Saturated Fat 6g
29%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 25mg
8%
Sodium 8mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 14g
5%
Dietary Fiber 0g
1%
Sugars 7g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
6%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
0%
Iron
0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Cookies
  1. 1 cup butter
  2. 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  3. 3/4 cup cornstarch
  4. 1 cup all purpose flour (spooned, not scooped)
  5. ½ teaspoon vanilla
  6. Pinch of salt
Frosting
  1. 2 Tablespoons butter
  2. 1 cup powdered sugar
  3. ½ teaspoon vanilla
  4. 3 Tablespoons cream (adjust as needed)
  5. .
  6. Sprinkles or other decoration (optional)
Instructions
  1. Cream butter with sugar and vanilla. Combine flour, cornstarch and salt, then mix into butter mixture.
  2. Form into 1 inch balls (chill briefly if needed for workability). Refrigerate balls until chilled.
  3. Bake on ungreased cookie sheets at 375 F for 10 minutes. Cool.
  4. To make frosting, melt butter, then cream with sugar and vanilla. Add cream adjusting if needed to make a spreadable consistency.
  5. Frost cooled cookies and decorate if desired.
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calories
143
fat
9g
protein
1g
carbs
14g
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Adapted from Wisconsin Electric 1962 Cooky Book
Art of Natural Living https://artofnaturalliving.com/

10 thoughts on “Holiday Shortbread Balls (Melting Moments Makeover)

  1. Thao @ In Good Flavor

    What a sweet dedication to your mom. I have great empathy for what you are going through. Both my in-laws and my mother suffer from dementia. My mother-in-law just passed away a week ago from other complications. The disease has been hard on everyone. I’m sorry you are going through it.♡

    1. Inger Post author

      Oh my goodness, I couldn’t imagine dealing with this x 3 Thao. Take care of yourself and hopefully you get some peace this holiday season.

  2. Karen (Back Road Journal)

    I know this past year has to have been very difficult for you and your family. I know your mother would be very pleased with this lovely homage to her Christmas cookies. I love your beautifully decorated your cookies…a lot of time and effort went into them to make them a special tribute to your mother.

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