Half Moon Cookies

Half Moon Cookies, also know as Black and White Cookies, 

are soft cookies with a cake like texture and covered in chocolate and vanilla glaze!  A combination that is irresistible!

Half Moon Cookies

It’s funny to think that I used to exercise 6 days a week without fail.  It’s funny to think I had that kind of time!  I would get stressed out if I missed a day, it was sort of an addiction.  An addiction that led me to  my husband.  That’s where we met.  He became my work out partner, a spotter I could trust.

Half Moon Cookies

Workouts were going well until I got pregnant.  Everything changed-forever.  I took it easy.  My priorities shifted from building muscle tone to simply maintaining what I had.  I had to watch my weight gain too.  When you crave things like  Flaming Hot Cheetos and chocolate chip cookies there’s a good chance you’ll gain more than the suggested 25-35 lbs!    The problem was, that after my daughter was born, I never really resumed by workout regimen.   In fact, my attitude towards exercise deteriorated with each subsequent pregnancy, until it became virtually non-existent.

Half Moon Cookies

 I’m grateful for my gym rat days, without them I wouldn’t have met the love of my life.  And sometimes I wish I could go back to those days of dead lifts and overhead presses.    One day, I’ll add more hard-core workouts to my days.  But for the  most part, I’m supremely happy with my current situation.  Today I exercise by walking my dog, playing a vigorous game of tag in the front yard  or heart pumping dance parties with our kids.  I really like my new definition of exercise, its way more fun!

Half Moon Cookies

I probably shouldn’t be talking about exercising and Half Moon cookies in the same post.   I’m just prepping you.  These cookies are so incredible!  I’ve been wanting to make Half Moons (or black and whites) for so long!  I was actually going to make something else, but I happened to be flipping through a cook book, when I saw these and knew I had to try them!  The cookie is so soft and cake like in texture.  It’s thick, too.  The best part is it’s not that sweet, which is fine because the chocolate and vanilla glaze make up for it!  I kept half of our Half Moons traditional, with chocolate and vanilla glaze.  I added about 2 tablespoons of maraschino cherry juice to the vanilla glaze just for kicks (reminded me of these whoopie pies).  My family was torn, they really liked both vanilla and cherry!  But now I see so many other flavor options!  Lemon, orange, strawberry!  You decide what to do with your Half-Moon cookies!!

Maybe you’ll be lucky enough to whip these up in your new Kitchen Aid Mixer!    Don’t forget to enter!!


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Half Moon Cookies
  • 1 cup butter
  • ⅛ teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 ½ cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 4 ½ cups flour
  • 1 cup milk (do not use non fat)
White Icing
  • ½ cup white chocolate coating or pieces
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoon corn syrup
  • ¼ cup hot water
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
Chocolate Icing
  • ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • ¼ cup hot water
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 400. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. For the dough: In a large mixing bowl, cream butter, lemon zest, salt, vanilla and baking powder. Beat in sugar. Add eggs one at a time, making sure you mix well after each addition. Carefully mix in flour, alternately with the milk, beginning and ending with the flour.
  3. Using a large cookie scoop, drop dough on cookie sheets. Flatten each cookie with a glass dipped in flour. Be sure you leave about 2 inches between each cookie on the cookie sheet.
  4. Bake cookies until golden, about 9-11 minutes. Let cookies cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  5. For the icing: microwave chocolate in bowl until smooth. Sift powdered sugar in a large bowl. Stir in corn syrup, water and vanilla. Whisk in melted white chocolate until smooth. (To make cherry glaze add 2 tablespoons of maraschino cherry juice) Add more hot water a teaspoon at a time if chocolate is too thick. Using an offset spatula spread white chocolate over one half of each cookie. Let chocolate set completely.
  6. While white chocolate sets, prepare semi sweet chocolate icing in the same manner. Spread semi sweet on second half of each cookie and let chocolate set completely.
  7. Makes 36 cookies

recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour


I’ll be sharing this with these parties as well as with: Jam Hands, Back for Seconds and

57 Responses

  1. Yep, my pre-pregnancy body looks nothing like my post-pregnancy (x 3) body! I used to be slim and toned & now my 5 y/o says I am “soft and fluffy”! These cookies look delish…I’ve never tried a black and white cookie!

    • Hahahaha, soft and fluffy! That is sort of funny. I guess I could be described as soft and fluffy too!

  2. These sound wonderful! My dad loves black and white cookies! I think this would be a perfect father’s day treat for him!

    • I think my husband would like these (again) for father’s day!

  3. I hear you on the exercise front! I was in such a good routine last year but then I broke my wrist at the end of the summer and I’m just getting back into it. It’s so hard to get back into it, though! These cookies would be hard to resist if they were near me right now! :)

    • You know when you bake how hard it is to NOT sample as you go!!! At least the weather is getting warmer so I can walk more!

  4. After I had a kid, I became a gym rat. It gave me an escape, ha! And I need to go now, with all the sugar! These cookies would cause an extra workout for sure!

    • Sigh, I need to get better about doing something each day. Besides bake and eat that is!

  5. I was a gym rat before kids, then got out of my routine for a few years, then got back into it. I’m addicted to exercise again, and I love to say, I exercise so I can eat more. I have to exercise so I can eat things like these cookies, because I am going to make them ASAP!

    • I need to exercise to eat these cookies, I just never get around to it (the exercise part that is!)

  6. These look delicious and would be a big hit at any gathering. They remind me of the “Johnnie Cakes” sold in New York bakeries during my childhood in the late sixties. They were large cakes/cookies, at 5 inches around. In the 1970’s they changed the name to “Black & Whites.” Don’t worry about the exercise… you have your priorities in order. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    • Thank you! Cookies are most definitely my priority!

  7. Eek, I LOVED these cookies as a kid! Our local grocery store used to hand out free cookies to little kids if you asked politely, and I always chose this one. Brings back so many good memories! I haven’t had one since I grew older (apparently they don’t have the same policy for teenagers or adults — lame) but I definitely need to reconnect with this perfect little cookie.

    • Wow, I wish our grocery store handed out cookies like these! I think our has hard oatmeal raisin-yuk!

  8. How gorgeous these cookies look!!
    I love the fact that they are soft, and also the fact that they contain white chocolate!
    I’m pinning this post :)

    • Thanks Winnie! I can’t resist white chocolate!

  9. Yeah, I did the gym thing, too. Moving on …
    These cookies look fantastic. Count me among those that like the maraschino cherry juice flavoring. Cherries and chocolate? Yum!

    • I was sold on the cherry chocolate combo too. May have to make the whole batch cherry and chocolate next time.

  10. Oh yum!! These look so good – I must make some soon!

  11. I still enjoy exercising. I just hate going to the gym. I prefer heading outdoors for a bike ride, walk, etc…

    • I hear ya. Thank heavens it’s finally staying nice outside!

  12. Every upstate New Yorker knows these cookies very well! I think they were invented by Hemstraugh’s bakery in Utica, now closed. They are something of a necessity whenever my family goes to the ancestral homeland (ie eastern New York).

    • I would love the try an authentic black and white sometime!

  13. I used to be hard core as well, working out for at least an hour and running lots and working out 6 days a week, now with the my babes I cut them down to a half an hour unless she is napping. Not easy to work off this baby belly… especially when you post these cookies! :-)

    • It’s been a while since I’ve had a baby, but I do have a belly to get rid of! Must find more time!

  14. fun! yum! Came over from What Shakin..came over from nap-timecreations.com… would love to have you stop by.

  15. These look to die for! Send some my way. :)

  16. These cookies make me smile…and not just because I’m on a diet! LOL They’re so cute with the half moon affect. Funny how a little thing like a baby can change our life in such big ways huh? I think most moms can relate, so don’t feel bad. Your turn for exercise will come again one day. Til then, you keep on enjoying those dance parties!
    ;-}Thanks a million for sharing this at Weekend Potluck. Appreciate the link back too. Have a wonderful weekend.

    • Thank you Marsha! I keep telling myself there’s plenty of time to exercise once my kids are grown!

  17. huntfortheverybest

    these are one of my favorite cookies. they look great!

  18. Jennifer

    It has been a long time since I was serious about exercise also. I used to go to kickboxing 3x a week, and job in between. Kids have put an end to that also, but I think I get plenty of walking in around then farm.
    Half moon cookies are one of my favorites. And yours look so good!

    • Thank you Jennifer, I bet the farm keeps you moving!

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  21. I have never enjoyed exercising and have only done it in short bursts. I’m trying to get serious about getting healthier and losing some weight though, so I’m trying to make time for exercise every day. I’m thinking about buying a set of 25-minute workouts, and funny enough there is a huge ad for them right over this comment entry form reminding me to do it! 😉

    These cookies are lovely, Tanya!

  22. These are such a classic, I think especially here near New York. But I love your icea for adding different flavors to the icing!

    • You know the cherry juice worked really well! Thanks Brianne. One day I need to have an authentic black and white cookie!

  23. I need to make these today! My son is out of the house, and they could all be for me! I can endure a little guilt… ok. Ok. I’ll wait for my son. :(

  24. You should try black-and-white cookies from a great bakery in NYC – they’re a staple in my hometown. My favorite version for homebaking is David Lebovitz’s – (but then again, almost everything from DAvid is wonderful:). These look pretty close, tho usually the icing is thinner.

    • I’ve never had a true black and white, boy would love to give those a try!


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