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Texas Half Moons

Whether you call 'em black and white cookies or half moon cookies, our Texas Half Moons have got just the extra Texas twist to impress your guests and please your tastebuds. You'll be howling at the moon before you put these down!

What You'll Need

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons ground ginger, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 (16-ounce) can vanilla frosting

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F. Coat baking sheets with cooking spray.
     
  2. In a medium bowl, with an electric beater on high speed, beat butter and sugar for 2 to 3 minutes, or until fluffy. Add egg and beat for 1 to 2 minutes, or until creamy. Add molasses, water, and vanilla, and continue beating. Slowly add flour, 1 tablespoon ginger, the baking soda, and cinnamon. Beat for 2 to 3 minutes, until well blended.
     
  3. Spoon batter by heaping tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto prepared baking sheets. Bake 8 to 9 minutes, or until edges are golden. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.
     
  4. In a small bowl, combine frosting and remaining 2 teaspoons ginger. Frost half of each cookie top with about 1 tablespoon frosting.
     

Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

Note

Of course, if your gang prefers full moons (and really likes frosting), these can become full moons by frosting the cookie tops completely.

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