Half-Moon Christmas Cookies Recipe

Half-Moon Christmas Cookies
Tracey Mumford


For the frosting

  • 1 1/2 cup  Crisco
  •   One 3 ½-ounce envelope Dream Whip
  • 1/2 teaspoon  salt
  • 1 tablespoon  vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cups  warm water
  • 2 pounds  confectioners’ sugar
  •   Few drops of food coloring

For the cookies

  • 1 cup  butter, melted, plus more for greasing
  • 2 cups  sugar
  • eggs
  • 4 cups  flour
  • 1 teaspoon  baking powder
  • 3 teaspoons  baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon  salt
  • 1 cup  cocoa powder
  • 2 cups  milk
  • 2 teaspoons  vanilla extract

These easy-to-make Christmas cookies are a must for any holiday get-together. Or better yet, leave these for Santa with a glass of warm milk and you might just get a little extra something under the tree.

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For the frosting

In a bowl, whip together the Crisco and Dream Whip. Mix in the remaining ingredients and beat for 5 minutes with an electric mixer on medium speed.  Add some food coloring to make them festive for the holidays.

For the cookies

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a bowl, cream the butter, sugar, and eggs together. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, then add the milk and vanilla extract. Mix until all lumps are gone. 

Grease a cookie sheet with butter, and spoon the dough (about 1 teaspoon per cookie) onto the sheet, leaving enough space between them for them to spread during baking. Place in the oven and bake for 7-10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool before frosting. Serve.


Calories per serving:

894 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Vegetarian, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 396g 609%
  • Carbs 1,764g 588%
  • Saturated 179g 894%
  • Fiber 45g 181%
  • Trans 30g
  • Sugars 1,317g
  • Monounsaturated 130g
  • Polyunsaturated 60g
  • Protein 98g 197%
  • Cholesterol 909mg 303%
  • Sodium 8,069mg 336%
  • Calcium 1,210mg 121%
  • Magnesium 611mg 153%
  • Potassium 2,741mg 78%
  • Iron 21mg 117%
  • Zinc 13mg 86%
  • Phosphorus 2,291mg 327%
  • Vitamin A 1,937µg 215%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 65%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 2mg 120%
  • Niacin (B3) 9mg 44%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 34%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 236µg 59%
  • Vitamin B12 3µg 58%
  • Vitamin D 12µg 3%
  • Vitamin E 17mg 87%
  • Vitamin K 111µg 139%
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