Central New York Half-Moon Cookie Recipe


If you happen to be here searching for the authentic Central New York “Half-Moon Cookie Recipe” you have definitely come to the right place 😊. On the other hand, if you happen to be one of my sweet subscribers, you’ve hit the cookie jackpot my friend! You see, my handsome, Italian husband grew up in Herkimer, New York and shared not only his love for this famous cookie, but he also shared a lovely story to go with the cookies after I made them for him! I hope you enjoy the story, and then you’ll find the full recipe information at the end of this post…

Central New York Half Moon Cookie Recipe

Last winter during the pandemic my husband sent me an email (as we sat across the room from one another 😆) with a recipe attached. The email was entitled “Half-Moon Cookie Recipe”. I thought, hmmm…what in the heck is he sending me this for? He must be craving cookies. I opened up the email and saw a photo-less recipe for cookies that seemed pretty simple with basic ingredients I had on hand. Rick had never mentioned “Half-Moon Cookies” before, or at least if he did, I forgot. I forgot all about the email for a couple days and then eventually asked, “What are ‘Half-Moon Cookies’, Rick?”

Half-Moon Cookie Story

Central New York Half Moon Cookie Recipe
Rick at his grandmother’s house ❤️

I will let Rick take over with the Half-Moon Cookie story, because he tells it best. I’ll meet you down at the recipe at the end of this post…

Central New York Half Moon Cookie Recipe


“Some of my fondest memories as a young boy was spending time with my grandparents around the kitchen table relaxing, and eating treats my grandmother would put out while the adults sat with us talking, and drinking coffee. One of my most favorite things were the Half-Moon Cookies my grandparents would get from the local bakery in our home town. My grandfather would take me most anytime he could, and get a load of goodies and those half moons won me over every time. To this day those babies remind me of family, and all the memories come flooding back whenever I see them.


Making Half-Moon Cookies at Home

Central New York Half Moon Cookie Recipe

After I heard how special these cookies were to my husband, I made the Half-Moon Cookies for the four of us a couple weeks ago for the first time. Here’s a few things I want you to know before you try the recipe…

-The cookie is a very basic, simple cookie recipe to bake, however frosting them is where a little patience comes into play.

-The cookie reminds more of a little cake than a cookie. It’s very soft, and not crispy.

-I froze most of them after being frosted, and we take them out as needed.

-Store in an air tight container like a big Tupperware bowl with a lid, and use wax paper in between each layer.

-I noticed several recipes we ran across turned the cookie upside down before frosting and frosted the flat side. Either way is fine!

I feel so blessed to be able to hear Rick’s sweet stories from his childhood. Especially the comforting food stories. I could bake cookies for this dude forever ❤️

Central New York Half Moon Cookie Recipe


More New York recipes…

Chicken Riggies Recipe

Central New York Half Moon Cookie Recipe

Authentic Buffalo Chicken Wing Recipe

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10 Responses

  1. Dorothy Terwilliger says:

    We call them Black and White cookies on Long Island, my husband’s favorite

  2. Dad says:

    Great Job, we love you in NY, Mom and Dad.

  3. Suzanne says:

    Great story…loved it….ate these cookies growing up in Great Neck, Long Island….Thank you for a great post with great ideas

  4. Leah L says:

    Love the story……and thanks for the recipes. I have family in the Utica area and I’m 1.5 hrs. East. Definitely asking the Half-moon cookies and Chicken Riggies.

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