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Black and White Cookies

Half Moon Cookies

Not quite the traditional version, these are iced with buttercream instead of fondant.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 20
Author Cookie Madness


  • 1 cup 4.5 oz) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup 4 oz cake flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 salt
  • 1 stick 4 oz unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick butter & nut extract or an extra 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 6 tablespoons buttermilk


  • 8 tablespoons butter softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar sifted
  • 1/3 cup room temperature half & half or as needed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Mix the all-purpose flour, cake flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a bowl.
  • In a mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the vanilla and second flavoring (butternut extract or lemon). Beat in the eggs one at a time. By hand, stir in the flour and milk alternately until well mixed.
  • Drop heaping tablespoons of batter into neat, round mounds, spacing 2 inches apart, on the prepared baking sheets. Bake on the center and lower rack, alternating halfway through, for 12 minutes or until cookies appear set.
  • Let cool completely on the baking sheets.
  • To make the frosting, Beat the butter until creamy. Add powdered sugar and beat until well mixed, then add half and half 1 tablespoon at a time until icing is a spreadable consistency. Add the vanilla.
  • Carefully measure out half the icing.
  • To one portion of icing, add the cocoa powder and beat until smooth, adding more half and half as needed.


If you'd like a crumblier, denser cookie and/or don't have any buttermilk around, use regular milk, omit the baking soda and use a full teaspoon of baking powder.