Half-Moon Christmas Cookies Recipe

Half-Moon Christmas Cookies Recipe
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Half-Moon Christmas Cookies

Tracey Mumford

Half-Moon Christmas Cookies

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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Ingredients

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

Directions

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
59g
84%
Sugar
17g
19%
Saturated Fat
13g
54%
Cholesterol
1mg
0%
Carbohydrate, by difference
132g
100%
Protein
14g
30%
Vitamin A, RAE
36µg
5%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
1mg
1%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
4µg
4%
Calcium, Ca
111mg
11%
Choline, total
6mg
1%
Fiber, total dietary
20g
80%
Folate, total
58µg
15%
Iron, Fe
10mg
56%
Magnesium, Mg
30mg
9%
Niacin
2mg
14%
Phosphorus, P
294mg
42%
Selenium, Se
16µg
29%
Sodium, Na
794mg
53%
Water
47g
2%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Christmas Cookie Shopping Tip

Be sure to purchase the correct flour a recipe calls for – flours differ in gluten or protein content, making each suited for specific tasks.

Christmas Cookie Cooking Tip

Insert a toothpick into the center of cakes, bar cookies, and quick breads to test for doneness – it should come out clean or only have a few crumbs clinging to it.