Whenever the conversation of old fashioned baking is brought up, one recipe that most people seem to recall fondly is melting moments, or cornflake biscuits.
The recipe is very simple and easy to make. I have no idea where the original recipe originated from, but I believe that I first came across it in the classic Be-Ro book of baking.
More recipes that spring to mind when I think of the Be-Ro book include Empire Biscuits, Swiss Roll, Cheese Scones, Rock Cakes, Carrot Cake and Gingerbread loaf cake. What recipes do you remember?
melting moments/cornflake biscuits
These retro biscuits are incredibly simple and quick to make and you just need a few basic storecupboard ingredients.
They are perfect for last minute bake sales, parties or just a rainy afternoon baking session with the kids.
step by step guide
(printable recipe and detailed instructions are in the recipe card at the bottom of the post)
- You start off by creaming soft butter and caster (superfine) sugar together in a bowl until the mixture is light and fluffy.
- Beat in one egg and vanilla extract. Add self raising flour and mix until you have a soft dough.
- Place spoonfuls of dough on a greased and lined baking sheet, flatten slightly and top with a halved glace cherry. Leave about 3-4cm of space between each bisuit – they spread out quite a lot.
- Bake the biscuits for 10-12 minutes or until they are starting to turn golden brown around the edges. Keep an eye on them – they brown very quickly.
- You might have noticed that some of the biscuits are actually rolled in coconut instead of cornflakes. This is how my gran made them – as “Melting Moments.” Feel free to swap the cornflakes for dessicated coconut if you like.
- I personally prefer them with the coconut, but the crushed cornflakes make for a lovely crispy coating so I shall leave the choice up to you. You could make half with coconut and half with cornflakes like I did – best of both worlds!
These biscuits will keep for up to three days stored in an airtight tin.
want to see more old fashioned baking?
If you can’t get enough retro baking, take a look at my recipes for Treacle Scones, Coconut and raspberry jam loaf cake, Ginger Parkin, Lemon drizzle cake, vanilla custard bisuits, Fruity Flapjacks, Millionaire’s shortbread and homemade jammie dodgers!
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Melting Moments/Cornflake biscuits
These cute little biscuits are known as melting moments or cornflake biscuits. Whatever you call them, they are absolutely delicious and very simple to make!
- 150g soft butter
- 75g caster (superfine) sugar
- 1 medium egg, beaten
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 150g self raising flour
- 25g crushed cornflakes or dessicated coconut
- 7 glace cherries, sliced in half
- Preheat oven to 180ºC, 350ºF, Gas Mark 4. Grease and line two baking trays.
- Cream the butter or margarine with the caster sugar until very light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract. Stir in the flour and mix well.
- Roll walnut sized pieces of the mixture into balls and toss in crushed cornflakes.
- Place the biscuits on baking trays (they will spread so leave 3-4cm of space between each one) flatten slightly and place a small piece of cherry on each biscuit. Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown around the edges.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 14 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 157Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 232mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 2g
What a great idea for an event. Your biscuits sound lovely, although I hadn't heard of the cornflake technique either.
These sound delicious and I'm sure they were appreciated. This is my firs tvisit to your blog, so I took some time to browse through your earlier posts. I'm so glad I did that. I really like the food and recipes you feature here and I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary
another recipe we will have to try…thought it was coconut when I first looked, I guess that's the cornflakes. They sound lovely!
Oh this brings back memories. These were one of my mum's staple bakes and I remember rolling the mixture in cornflakes for her. Great idea for a challenge.
Melting moments! These bring back memories. I must give these a try. Isn't the RBOK a lovely idea? Pleased to have found you. Thanks for the lovely comments.
I love melhing moments – they were one of the first things I made at school and I still love them just as much
It's years since I tried these – must be rectified soon. Who couldn't be cheered up when they see those cherries on top. It's such a lovely idea – hope to join in next time.
Awww, that's really sweet of you to bake these for your MIL!a nice old fashioned recipe
I've been meaning to make melting moments for a while now as I haven't made them since I was a teenager. Cornflakes is a new one on me, but I can imagine they worked well.
wow they sound really good, Ive never heard of them before but I really want to try them now I know about them!
What a gorgeous idea and beautiful biscuits.
Thanks everyone 🙂 I would describe these biscuits as "homely", they wouldn't win any beauty contests but they taste delicious and there is something really comforting about them 🙂
I love old-fashioned recipes like these and glacé cherries do it for me everytime! Though, it's interesting that you call these "Melting Moments" because in Australia, Melting Moments are more like shortbread biscuits sandwiched together with a cream or icing. I wouldn't say no to either 🙂