Melting Moments for Valentines Day

My version of Chef John Morris' Melting Moments © photo: Marnie Richardson

NAC Executive Chef John Morris first made these cookies when he was in play school in Scotland. Like any 4 year old he thought it was so much fun to roll out the balls of dough, mark them with your thumb and fill them with jam — it's a fun craft activity that ends with a sweet treat! This recipe remains a family favourite.

Chef Morris assured me that even a novice such as myself would have no difficulty following this simple recipe and he was right — the cookies were delicious!

Melting Moments Recipe by Chef John Morris

Yield : 10-12 cookies


  • 70g AP flour
  • 42 g caster sugar
  • 56 g butter
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla bean extract or paste
  • 50 g shredded coconut (or rolled oats)
  • Small jar of your favourite jam (strawberry for me)


  1. Pre heat oven to 350’F
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar and add the vanilla.
  3. Stir in the flour and mix to combine completely
  4. Divide the mixture into 12 pieces and roll each piece into a ball with wet hands.
  5. Coat each ball in coconut (and/or oats)
  6. Lay them out on a buttered or oiled baking sheet and flatten them slightly.
  7. Make an indent in the centre of each with your thumb. Spoon a small amount of jam into each of the indents.
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
  9. When ready, remove from the oven, cool on a rack and ENJOY!