Half Moon Cookies, also known 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!
These old fashioned moon cookies are a simply irresistible treat that’s perfect for any occasion. unlike other cookies this one feels more like you’re eating a soft and delicate cake coated in chocolate. Which could be why they’re so popular. Making half moon cookies is also fairly simply and easy.
What are black and white cookies made of?
- Lemon zest
- Vanilla extract
- Baking powder
- Granulated sugar
- All-purpose flour
- White chocolate coating
- Powdered sugar
- Corn syrup
- Hot water
- Semisweet chocolate chips
For the exact amounts needed, please see the recipe card below.
How to Make Half Moon Cookies
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F and line baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl cream together the butter, lemon zest, salt, vanilla, and baking powder needed for the dough.
- Add in the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
- Carefully mix in the flour, alternating with the milk so that you begin and end with the flour being added.
- Use a large cookie scoop to scoop out the dough and drop it onto cookie sheets.
- Flatten each cookie with a glass that has been dipped in flour. Be sure to leave at least 2 inches of space between each cookie on the sheet.
- Bake in the oven for 9-11 minutes or until golden.
- Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
- When the cookies are cooled, make the icing.
- Microwave your chocolate in a bowl until smooth.
- In a large mixing bowl, sift the powdered sugar.
- Stir in the corn syrup, water, and vanilla.
- Whisk in the melted chocolate until smooth. If needed, add in more hot water, 1 teaspoon at a time to thin down the icing to a nice consistency.
- Use an offset spatula to spread the icing over the top of the cookie, covering half. Let set completely.
- Prepare the white icing by melting the white chocolate and preparing it in the same manner as the chocolate icing. Spread on the unfrosted half of the cookie and let set completely.
The cookie is so soft and 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. But for fun, you can try some of these flavorful variations:
- Add 2 tablespoons of maraschino cherry juice to the vanilla glaze.
Other flavorful options include:
You decide what to do with your Half-Moon cookies, they’ll always taste great!
Do black and white cookies need to be refrigerated?
These cookies can be kept stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. They do not need to be kept chilled in the fridge. I do recommend laying a piece of parchment paper between the cookies if they have to be stacked as this will help to prevent the icing from making cookies stick together.
Will black and white cookies freeze?
Yes, you can freeze these cookies for up to a month in an airtight container. To do this lay the iced cookies on a baking sheet and flash freeze for 1 hour until solid. Then transfer to an airtight container. When ready to eat, simply place the cookies on the counter to thaw. You can also freeze these cookies before icing and simply add the icing after the cookies have thawed.
Half Moon Cookies
Half Moon Cookies are soft cookies with a cake-like texture and covered in chocolate and vanilla glaze! A combination that is irresistible!
- 1 cup butter
- 1/8 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 1/2 cup sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 4 1/2 cups flour
- 1 cup milk (do not use nonfat)
- 1/2 cup white chocolate coating or pieces
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoon corn syrup
- 1/4 cup hot water
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons corn syrup
- 1/4 cup hot water
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat oven to 400. degrees F Line baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
Serving Size1 cookie
Amount Per Serving Calories 224Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 30mgSodium 183mgCarbohydrates 38gFiber 1gSugar 25gProtein 3g
Kim of Mo'Betta says
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!
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!
A Sweet Baker says
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!
Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says
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!
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!)
Joan (My Cookie Clinic) says
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!
The Domestic Rebel says
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!
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!
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.
Kim @ Soliloquy Of Food & Such says
Stopping by to pin these….you lured me in….like a fish….ooooooooooo shiny!!!
Haha, thanks Kim!
Oh yum!! These look so good – I must make some soon!
Hope you do! Thanks Kelli!
Aimee @ ShugarySweets says
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!
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!
Hemstraughts is still open! I had half moons delivered to my dad from there. Grew up in upstate NY and these are a family fav. Will be trying these for dad soon!
Tanya Schroeder says
I hope you do!
Meg Robins (@SweetTwist_Meg) says
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!
Cathy Compeau says
These look delicious!
Love your blog! Would love for you to link up on A Peek Into My Paradise T.G.I.F. Link Party on Friday!
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Thank you Cathy!
Anne ~ Uni Homemaker says
Oh my, these look yummy! I can eat a whole batch!
normally….i am a chocoholic but the strawberry ricotta cookies sound too good to passup! I am hosting today at https://www.frugalfitfamily.com – swing by and share if you can!
fun! yum! Came over from What Shakin..came over from nap-timecreations.com… would love to have you stop by.
Thank you Emily!
These look to die for! Send some my way. 🙂
Would love to Megan! Thank you!
Marsha Joy Baker says
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!
these are one of my favorite cookies. they look great!
These look so yummy!!
would love for you to share this on my link party Serenity Saturday
Thank you Natasha!
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!
Rachel @ I Love My Disorganized Life says
These look fabulous! I’ve always had a ‘thing’ for moon cookies 🙂
Thank you Rachel!
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Andi @ The Weary Chef says
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!
Too funny about the ad!! Thanks Andi!
Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips says
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!
Maggie Unzueta @ Mama Maggie's Kitchen says
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. 🙁
Laura @MotherWouldKnow says
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!
Karren Haller says
Just had to pin there they look delicious and a great change!!
Thanks for stopping by to share this week and the #OMHGFF, appreciate your visit!!
Pinned and shared!!
Hope you have a beautiful week!
How fun and yummy do these look?!?!?! Pinning for a rainy day – thanks for sharing these at Inspire Me Monday where I found you, my boys will love these!
Heather @ MySweetMission.net says
Hi Tanya, I love soft cookies and yours look so good!! Congratulations, your Half Moon Cookies are one of my Favorite Posts and will be featured at tonight’s Creative Muster Party at 6pm EST! Thanks for linking them up – we can’t wait to see what you bring to tonight’s party! Shared on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for my followers to enjoy too! ~Heather
Frugal Hausfrau says
I hafta say I don’t think I was ever stronger than when I was lifting babies and toddlers or carrying tired out little ones. The cookies are lovely! I’m inspired to bake some!
Thanks for linking up to us on Throwback Thursday!
Dini @ The Flavor Bender says
Beautiful cookies! I love your new definition of exercise too 🙂 Thank you for sharing this with us at #SaucySaturdays!
I’m looking for a corn syrup substitute that will still give the icing a shine. Any success ideas?
Tanya Schroeder says
You could thin it with shortening, vegetable oil or coconut oil.