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Monday, March 11, 2013

You’ve been Mooned!

Yes indeed, I am mooning you! While in other areas they are known as Black and Whites.  In our local area these delectable treats are known as Half-Moon Cookies.   While the traditional cookie is a chocolate cake like cookie with both white and chocolate frosting, these days they come in a variety of flavors and colors.

One local bakery even has a commercial based on their Half-Moon Cookies.    You can view it by following this link: Holland Farms   and you can learn about the Half-Moon by following this link: History of the Half-Moon Cookie.

While there are lots of recipes out there for these yummy cookies, I like to cheat and use a cake mix.  Because Saint Patrick’s Day is this weekend, I wanted to make a green half-moon.  So I combined my favorite Pistachio Cake recipe with my easy Half-Moon recipe and the results came out with a wonderful, tasty Saint Patrick’s Day Moon that will tantalize your taste buds and fulfill even the most ornery cravings for a traditional Half-Moon Cookie.  

Leprechaun Moon's
1 reg. sized white cake mix (without pudding)
2 pkgs. Jell-O Pistachio Instant Pudding
1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup water
5 eggs
1 cup self-rising flour
1 can chocolate fudge frosting
1 can white whipped frosting
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.   Mix ingredients in order given.   Drop by spoonfuls onto cookie sheet.  Bake for 8-10 minutes.  I usually check the first batch often and then time the remaining batches by the amount of time the first batch comes out at their best.    Remove from oven to cool on rack.  Once cooled frost half the cookie with chocolate fudge frosting and the other half with white frosting.  You can add the sprinkles if you like.   Enjoy!
Notes and exchanges:
  • You can do this with any flavor cake mix you like.   Just mix the cake mix as directed and add an extra cup of flour.  I like to use self-rising flour, but I have also used all purpose flour in a pinch.
  • You can also make your own frostings. I find the canned frostings work just as well in this case.


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