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A Tender, Melting Cookie with Bright Australian Flavor

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Inspired by an old Australian Women's Weekly magazine recipe (the sort of recipe that my mother might have cut out), the classic Melting Moments are soft and delicate cookies sandwiching a simple buttercream flavored with some lemon juice and zest.

Photo by Emiko Davies

But it's common to find other typically Australian fruits filling these cookies, such as passion fruit pulp, seeds and all, or mango, which is a favorite at Christmas time (as it's summer and mangoes are in season).

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Photos by Emiko Davies, Emiko Davies

This is my own take on Mango Melting Moments, but orange zest and juice are very nice substitutes, too.

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Makes 12 sandwich cookies

For the cookies:

  • 2/3 cup (80 grams) confectioners' sugar
  • 2 cups (250 grams) of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (75 grams) cornstarch (corn flour)
  • 1 cup (250 grams or 8 ounces) butter, softened
  • 1/2 vanilla bean (or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)
  • finely grated zest of 1 lemon

For the mango buttercream:

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  • 1/4 cup (65 grams) butter, softened
  • 1 cup (125 grams) confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons mango purée (made by puréeing the flesh of 1 mango)


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