Half Moons

Half Moon Cookies-chocolate cake-like cookie with chocolate fudge frosting and vanilla butterream-YUM! |sneaksandsweets|

Hey there!

Let me just start by saying, YUM. 

Half Moon Cookies. Not at all to be confused with black and white cookies

Unlike black and white cookies, these cookies are chocolate and cakey.

Unlike black and white cookies, these cookies are piled high with chocolate fudge and fluffy vanilla buttercream frosting. 

And unlike black and white cookies, these cookies are absolutely, fantastically, DELICIOUS. OK-scratch that, black and white cookies are probably delicious, too. But it’s hard to compete with this recipe.

I’ve had this recipe tucked in my recipe box forever. It’s an absolute favorite of mine. And it makes an impressive, crowd pleasing cookie. Actually it makes around 40 large cookies…so a crowd is needed indeed! Oooooor not šŸ˜‰

Although I love, love, love my recipe, I’m always in search of what other people do. In my nerdy quest to see how others whip up their half moons, I soon discovered that they aren’t nearly as popular as I first imagined. Upon further investigation I learned that half moon cookies were created by and obsessively devoured by Upstate New Yorkers. Woot, woot!

::Putting on my teacher hat:: Back in 1920, Henry Hemstrought started a bakery in Utica, NY where they claimed to have made the first ever half moon cookie. Since then it has become a popular treat in upstate NY. Thank you, Henry, for creating possibly the world’s (perhaps unknowingly) most delicious cookie.

(This is vaguely reminding me of Sheldon Cooper’s Fun with Flags-ha!)

Who knew?! These cookies are in nearly every bakery and grocery store in our area, so I just assumed that something so delicious had some sort of worldly reputation. Huh, guess not!

There you have it. A history lesson and a darn delicious cookie that you may have never knew existed. You are so very welcome! ::Teacher hat off::

So, how do you create this delightful cookie? I’ll walk you through it…

Phase one: Prepare and bake enormous chocolate cookies.

Half Moon Cookies-chocolate cake-like cookie with chocolate fudge frosting and vanilla butterream-YUM! |sneaksandsweets|Phase two: Flip cookies over.

Half Moon Cookies-chocolate cake-like cookie with chocolate fudge frosting and vanilla butterream-YUM! |sneaksandsweets|Phase three: Frost with excessive amounts of frosting.

Half Moon Cookies-chocolate cake-like cookie with chocolate fudge frosting and vanilla butterream-YUM! |sneaksandsweets|Phase four: Find milk and devour.

Half Moon Cookies-chocolate cake-like cookie with chocolate fudge frosting and vanilla butterream-YUM! |sneaksandsweets|What are you making for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day? You might just want to give these a try!

Enjoy!

Half Moon Cookies
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Cookies
  1. 1 1/2 cup butter, softened
  2. 3 cups brown sugar
  3. 4 eggs
  4. 1 1/2 cups sour milk (add 1 teaspoon of vinegar to milk and let sit 5 minutes)
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  6. 1 teaspoon salt
  7. 4 cups flour
  8. 1 1/2 cups cocoa
  9. 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
Chocolate Frosting
  1. 1 cup butter
  2. 1 1/3 cup cocoa
  3. 1 (2 pound bag) powdered sugar
  4. 2/3 cup milk
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  6. pinch of salt
Vanilla Frosting
  1. 1 (2 pound) bag powdered sugar
  2. 1 cup butter
  3. 2/3 cup milk
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  5. pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Cream together butter, sugar, eggs, salt.
  2. Add milk and vanilla.
  3. Sift together flour, baking soda, and cocoa. Add to mixture.
  4. Refrigerate dough an hour or more.
  5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  6. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and drop by large, rounded spoonfuls.
  7. Bake 12-14 minutes.
Vanilla Frosting
  1. Cream together butter, vanilla, and salt.
  2. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk.
  3. Mix until fluffy. Add more milk to thin if needed.
Chocolate frosting
  1. Melt butter.
  2. Mix in cocoa, vanilla, and salt.
  3. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk
  4. Mix until fluffy. Add more milk to thin if needed.
Notes
  1. These cookies should have a hefty amount of frosting on them. If you like less frosting, halve the recipes.
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6 Responses to Half Moons

  1. Auntie Amy February 12, 2016 at 3:52 pm #

    Yummo! One of my faves! Mine always come out like little flatty pancakes. I’m trying your recipe next time I make them. šŸ™‚

    • Bev October 31, 2016 at 11:18 am #

      I’ve made the chocolate ones twice using the recipe from Utica NY and they did the same thing…came out flat. I’m glad that it wasn’t something I did wrong. I’m definitely going to try this recipe instead.

  2. Cindy Hert April 10, 2016 at 3:03 pm #

    3 cups of brown sugar seems like an awful lot for this recipe. Is this correct?

    • sneaksandsweets9 April 13, 2016 at 7:32 pm #

      Yes, 3 cups of sugar! This makes a lot of large cookies šŸ™‚

  3. Bev October 31, 2016 at 11:25 am #

    By any chance do you have a recipe for vanilla half moon cookies

    • sneaksandsweets9 December 4, 2016 at 8:19 am #

      I am sorry, I do not!

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