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Melting Moments

Melting Moments are a traditional English biscuit, buttery and crunchy, rolled in oats or coconut. And they have to have a cherry on top.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Cakes and biscuits
Cuisine: British
Keyword: Biscuits, Cookies, Teatime treat
Servings: 40 biscuits
Author: [email protected] Cooks


  • 200 g butter, at room temperature
  • 150 g caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (10ml)
  • 250 g self-raising flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder (2.5ml)
  • Rolled oats or desiccated coconut
  • Glacé cherries to decorate



  • Grease the baking trays if you aren’t using a liner
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C/ 160°C fan/ gas mark 4/ 350°F

For the Melting Moments:

  • Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, beat the butter and sugar together on high. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract
  • On slow, mix in the flour and baking powder
  • Break off pieces of dough and roll into small balls, then roll in oats or coconut until covered
  • Place on the baking tray, spacing them as they will expand a bit, and slightly flatten
  • Bake for 20 minutes until just beginning to brown at the edges
  • Put half a glace cherry on each biscuit and leave on the baking tray for 15 minutes. Move to a wire rack to finish cooling.


Everyday Cooks tip:

The recipe will make between 30 and 50 biscuits depending on how big you want them.