Vanilla Half Moon Cookies
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The batter is firm enough to 'drop' by 1/4 cupfuls onto your baking sheet. It is important not to over bake these cookies as we do not want them to be dry. They are done when the edges and bottoms of the cookies are just beginning to turn brown (a toothpick inserted into the center of the cookie will just come out clean).
What makes these so unique is that you put the frostings on the flat bottom side of the cookies, so the bottoms now become the tops. The recipe makes about 30 large cookies, so if you prefer a smaller amount, simply half the recipe. I frost all the cookies with the white frosting first, then add cocoa powder to the remaining frosting to make it chocolate and frost the other side of the cookie.
My granddaughter, Andrea, requested them for her birthday dessert. It wasn't easy getting all those candles on one, but she did it! Can you tell she loves these cookies?
I promise you will be so glad you tried these. Who knows...you may be making them for someone's birthday too!
3/4 c. shortening
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
Cream the above ingredients, then add...
1 c. sour milk (1 Tbsp. white vinegar, then add milk to make 1 cup)
3 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
Mix well. Drop by 1/4 cupfuls onto a greased baking sheet, rounding off the tops to make a thick-like looking pancake. Bake at 375' F. for about 10-12 minutes or until edges are bottoms are just beginning to brown. DO NOT OVER-BAKE, you don't want them to be dry. Cool them on a wire rack. Once cooled completely, it's time to frost them. Remember to turn them upside down and frost the bottom.
1/2 c. butter, softened
4 1/2 c. confectioner's sugar
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
5-6 Tbsp. milk
In a large bowl, beat butter until creamy. Beat in the confectioners' sugar, vanilla and enough milk to achieve desired consistency. Yield: About 3 cups.
Frost the cookies on half of the bottom side with the vanilla frosting. Then add 1 oz. of unsweetened melted chocolate or Hershey's Unsweetened Baking Cocoa and mix well. (You may have to add a little more milk to this.) Now, frost the other half and there you have it...Half Moons!
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