Melting Moments

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Delightful little biscuits, rolled in coconut and topped with a cherry. Melting moments can also be made with oats or crushed cornflakes, if coconut isn’t your thing.

Melting Moments biscuits recipe from Baking with Granny.

Another day and another classic recipe. When it comes to baking, it’s easy to get swept up in the many recipes of the internet but I’m slowly learning that often, these recipes aren’t all that they’re cracked up to be. Melting Moments biscuits however are a recipe that I promise you’ll love!

When it comes to recipes, there’s a few things I look for…

Number one; to be in metric! Surely I’m not the only one who gets frustrated trying to convert cups and ounces when you find a tempting recipe on Pinterest? Being the UK we use scales and grams – many of us don’t even have actual cup measurements.

Number two; Quick, easy and well tested, with guaranteed & familiar results. Who wants to be wasting their time on biscuit recipes that aren’t fool-proof?

Number three; Something that I know I will have the ingredients to hand and I won’t need to trawl the supermarket for. The ingredients for Melting Moments are very simple!

Melting Moments biscuits. UK recipe for delicious, easy Melting Moments cookies. Using coconut, oats or cornflakes.

It can be tempting to bake something out the ordinary, something you’ve never baked before or even tasted (hello, Irn Bru cupcakes!) but often the best bakes are those that you know & love, those you know will be a winner.

Melting Moments biscuits is one of those bakes that I always remember being on offer in coffee shops and cafes. Something so simple but made a little bit more special thanks to a gem-like cherry placed on top. Perfection!

Granny's Top Tips

• My Melting Moments recipe uses desiccated coconut but you can use rolled oats or crushed cornflakes, if they’re more your thing.

• You might think the balls that make the biscuits seem quite small but don’t worry; when baking the flatten out giving you a generously sized biscuit.

• Use wet hands to roll the balls for your biscuits. Not only does it stop them sticking to your hands but it helps the coconut stick to the biscuits also.

Melting Moments biscuits recipe from Baking with Granny.

Melting Moments

Delightful little biscuits, rolled in coconut and topped with a cherry.
4.86 from 7 votes
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: British, Scottish
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 16



  • Pre-heat your oven to 180°c (or 160°c for a fan assisted oven or Gas Mark 4) and grease a couple of baking trays with some excess butter/margarine.
  • Cream together the sugar and butter/margarine until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla & egg, and beat together until combined.
  • Stir in the flour and mix until combined into a dough.
  • Divide the dough into 16 pieces (about a teaspoon sized). With wet hands, roll each piece into a ball before rolling in the coconut.
  • Place each coconut ball onto your pre-greased trays, leaving a bit of space between and gently press each down a little with your fingers. Top each biscuit with a small piece of cherry.
  • Bake in your pre-heated oven for 10-15 minutes, until golden.
  • Leave on the trays until cool enough to touch before transferring to a wire wrack to cool completely.


If you aren't a fan of coconut, use oats or crushed cornflakes for rolling your biscuits in instead.
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Melting Moments biscuit recipe from Baking with Granny. Full instructions on how to bake melting moments. Using coconut, oats or cornflakes.

18 Responses

  1. these look lovely and easy to make with children. I love the cherry on the top of each one too. as someone who is not good at making biscuits, I think these could turn out ok!
    thank you for linking up to #Bakeoftheweek x

  2. Ooooo my Mum used to make biscuits like this when I was little – sending me down memory lane #bakeoftheweek

  3. I’ve been looking for melting moment recipe that my Nan and I used to make over 30 yrs ago. These look very similar but I’m sure she used the oats not coconut. I’ll have to try them out and see if they are the ones I remember!

    1. I made melting moments in the 70s at school and we always used oats not coconut which I prefer. I feel a batch coming on

    2. I used this recipe from bero a CPL of days ago and tasted nothing how I used to bake with my gran over 35 years ago! I’ve come across this recipe and noticed no egg in recipe, so hopefully this is the game changer as I was extremely disappointed with my results, even my daughter commented n said why they called melting moments? They don’t melt. You hit the nail on the head kiddo lol

    3. 4 stars
      The bero review has half an egg too. The other thing I remember being used on melting moments was crushed cornflakes.

    4. My mum used crushed cornflakes instead of oats or coconuts. Still melt in the mouth, but have a crunchy coating.

  4. I always use oats,.. Favourite biscuits from my childhood. I remember my Mum bringing them to the hospital for me after my 1st born and that was over 30years. Still a favourite recipe!

  5. 5 stars
    Thankyou for this recipe my mum baked them in the sixtys now my grandkids are in for a treat cheap yummy
    My mum used cornflakes

  6. 5 stars
    Looks like the recipe my Mum taught me in the forties, we used crushed cornflakes to roll them in. Maybe desiccated coconut was unobtainable? Will make these for my seniors gossip group..

  7. I wish I’d doubled the recipe. Made 16 tiny biscuits! They taste okay but gonna try the Bero recipe next time.

  8. 5 stars
    I made a batch today, adding an egg and cinnamon. Even using gluten free flour they were delicious. I will make them again, maybe adding some nuts or a blob of jam.

  9. 5 stars
    I made these yesterday and I made the sultana cake a few days ago and it’s the first time I’ve actually made something that looks like the picture, they taste amazing too, such easy to follow recipes that actually work like they are supposed to and I can’t wait to bake another one of your recipes, I’m so spoilt for choice on which one to try next

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