Half Moon Cookies

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Whether you're a fan of chocolate of white half-moon cookies, I have both recipes right here for you.


If you grew up in Utica New York like I did, you sure know what kind of cookies these are, soft, delicious and frosted rounds.


You also know that Utica is famous for Tomato Pie, Italian Greens, Italian Lemon Ice, Pizza Fritta, Chicken Riggies, Manny's Cheesecake, Oscugnizzo Pizza, and Rosato Chocolate Cookies.

If you are looking for a recipe on how to make a copycat half-moon cookie from Upstate New York, you came to the right blog!


Upstate Utica NY is famous for these and where I grew up.


Half Moons or as some other states and areas, refer to them as (Black and Whites), but not as we call them half-moons period, in Upstate Utica, New York.


The origin of the black-and-white cookie in New York City is commonly traced to Glaser's Bake Shop in Yorkville, founded in 1902 by Bavarian immigrants.


Half-moon cookies, however, can be traced to Hemstrought's Bakery in Utica, New York, around 1925.


There isn't one time in my childhood anyone ever called these black and whites, and we still don't.


Sure there is always a debate about something, but I can tell you after over 30 + years of making this cookie recipe, you are going to smile with a cherished memory if you live anywhere near Utica.


These half-moons are fabulous!



These are half moon vanilla cookies made with two kinds of frosting chocolate and vanilla frosted.

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