Half Moon (Black & White) Cookies

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Today, I’m excited to announce that the 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies is starting up again! Brenda from Meal Planning Magic is hosting this year, and starting today, each Thursday everyone in the group will post a cookie, bar, or other holiday sweet with the last post being on December 15th – 12 weeks of cookies and other treats to get you ready for Christmas. I participated last year, and it was so much fun to see what everyone came up with each week – and, since I froze a lot of the cookies I made, I had my cookie trays done well before for the holidays!

For Week 1 of the 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies, I’m excited to share with you one of my favorite treats growing up – black & white cookies, or as we always called them, half moon cookies. I remember picking them up at the grocery store or bakery with my mom, and they were always the perfect soft, crumbly cookie with sweet chocolate and vanilla frosting (and yes, I always ate the chocolate side first). So, when I saw a recipe for these treasures pop up on Eliana’s blog, I knew I had to recreate this childhood favorite at home – and they absolutely lived up to my expectations. If you’re going to make these ahead and freeze them, I suggest holding off on the icing until you’re ready to serve them. Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from here.

For the Cookies:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 6 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs

For the Icings:

  • 2 cups plus 2 Tbsp powdered sugar, divided
  • 4 tsp agave, divided
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp water
  • 1-2 Tbsp cocoa powder

To make the cookies, preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, and salt.

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In a small bowl, whisk together the milk and vanilla. In another medium bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add in the eggs one at a time. Stir in the flour and milk mixtures half at a time until combined.

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Drop the batter by rounded tablespoons on to the prepared cookie sheet 2″ apart.

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Bake 15 minutes or until the cookies are set in the center. Let cool completely before frosting.

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While the cookies are cooling, make the icings. In a medium bowl, whisk together 2 cups of the powdered sugar, 2 tsp agave, and the lemon juice, vanilla, and water until smooth.

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Pour half the mixture into a small bowl and whisk in the cocoa powder and the other half of the agave. Whisk the remaining 2 Tbsp of powdered sugar into the white icing.

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Spread the white icing on one of half the cookie and the chocolate icing on the other half.

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28 Responses to “Half Moon (Black & White) Cookies”

  1. 1 d.liff @ yelleBELLYboo Says:
    September 29th, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    AH MY FAVORITE! I got one at modern pastry last time I was visiting the folks up in Boston. My boyfriend calls them black and white he’d never heard them called a half moon before, must be a New England thing!

  2. 2 Eliana Says:
    September 29th, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Now you’re making me crave a Black & White! I remember these cookies being soooooo delicious. And yours my dear, look perfect.

  3. 3 Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction Says:
    September 29th, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Oh, this is the perfect way to start your holiday baking! I just *love* black and white cookies. They make me think of NYC since I am always picking one up at the bakery. :)

  4. 4 Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies Says:
    September 29th, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Pretty darn adorable. Whenever I see a black and white cookie, I think of that Seinfeld episode. Too funny!

  5. 5 Therese Says:
    September 29th, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Half moon cookies! My childhood favorite. They’re nearly impossible to find in my neck of the woods. I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  6. 6 Barbara @ Barbara Bakes Says:
    September 29th, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    I have never had a black and white cookie. They are so fun. Maybe I’ll put them on my list for 12 weeks this year.

  7. 7 Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) Says:
    September 29th, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Half moons > black & whites :)

    I’m with you, half moons remind me of childhood – even though i can grab one at any bakery around here these days – they were SUCH a treat when I was younger!

  8. 8 Cara Says:
    September 29th, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    I’ve always wanted to make these cookies! I’ve never had one but everyone seems to love them!

  9. 9 Pam @ From Apples To Zucchini Says:
    September 29th, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    I have been dying to make these! I am so happy to be baking along with you again this year! : )

  10. 10 Shaina Says:
    September 29th, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    Fun! I love black and whites. I always get them when I’m in NYC just because a trip wouldn’t be the same without them.

  11. 11 Katrina Says:
    September 29th, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    I have never made or even eaten a black and white cookie, but I’ve seen them all over an they look awesome! Thanks for sharing.

  12. 12 Trisha Says:
    September 29th, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    I love when suddenly u see a recipe that reminds u of a childhood favorite. Brings back a lot of memories doesn’t it? These look yum!

  13. 13 Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen Says:
    September 30th, 2011 at 4:19 am

    These were one of my all-time favorite cookies growing up! They’ve been on my baking to-do list for quite some time now, but I can’t be trusted around them!

  14. 14 Katrina Says:
    September 30th, 2011 at 6:55 am

    I’ve been wanting to try black and white cookies for a while. These sound awesome!

  15. 15 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. Says:
    September 30th, 2011 at 9:11 am

    love these! Can’t wait to try them

  16. 16 Susan Says:
    September 30th, 2011 at 9:30 am

    They look delicious. I am definitely going to make these.

  17. 17 Yael Says:
    September 30th, 2011 at 9:46 am

    I’m also from upstate NY and half moons were my very favorite as a child! Still love them now!

  18. 18 Tickled Red Says:
    September 30th, 2011 at 10:54 am

    One my all time favorite cookies that I need to make more often :) I can’t wait to see all of the cookies between now and Christmas.

  19. 19 Denise @ TLT Says:
    September 30th, 2011 at 11:59 am

    They look gorgeous… and I’m sure they taste that way too!

  20. 20 carolinaheartstrings Says:
    September 30th, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Those look so pretty and delicious. Come over and visit us. We have an amazing apple cake recipe this week.

  21. 21 Jenna Says:
    September 30th, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    I love the 12 weeks of Christmas treats idea! I would probably have a conniption if I had to do that much baking, but I will thoroughly enjoy it through YOU, baker extraordinaire.

  22. 22 Amanda Says:
    September 30th, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    I just nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. :)

  23. 23 Sunny Hernandez (@foryourpiesonly) Says:
    October 1st, 2011 at 2:27 am

    Half-moons seem to only exist in central/western NY and black and whites are a much drier cookie…
    Little Bitty Bakes is right…half moons > black & whites :)

  24. 24 Sunny Hernandez (@foryourpiesonly) Says:
    October 1st, 2011 at 2:28 am

    p.s. I am totally putting these on my list of “to make” :)

  25. 25 Courtney Says:
    October 1st, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    These are my absolute favorite cookie! :)

  26. 26 Jamie Says:
    October 2nd, 2011 at 9:52 am

    I love Black & White cookies. My parents used to get these at a deli in our town growing up. I’ve never made them but I definitely need to try these. Yours look yummy.

  27. 27 Tracey Says:
    October 2nd, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    I’ve been meaning to try making black and white cookies forever. Thanks for the reminder! Looks like yours turned out perfectly :) I can’t believe the holiday season is upon us.

  28. 28 Brenda @ Meal PLanning Magic Says:
    October 6th, 2011 at 10:02 am

    I must have lived in the south too long as I’ve never heard of B&W cookies (is it a regional thing?) but these look delicious. And I would probably eat the chocolate side last–saving the best for last. :-) Glad you joined the blog hop!

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