Friday, May 8, 2015

What's Cookin' Italian Style Cuisine: Half Moons ( Black and White Cookies) Revised Pictures with VIDEO

What's Cookin' Italian Style Cuisine: Half Moons ( Black and White Cookies) Revised Pictures with VIDEO

1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup shortening
2 eggs
3 1/2 cups flour
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon pure vanilla
1 cup milk
 Preheat oven to 350 degrees using the middle rack. Grease a cookie sheet or line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Mix SUGAR AND SHORTENING BEAT UNTIL they are well combined will look grainy using an electric mixer. ADD the eggs beating through each one. Then add the flour alternating with milk, add vanilla, then add all the rest of the dry ingredients in a bowl  mixed well.
Drop by heaping well rounded tablespoons on a greased cookie sheet, (make sure these are molded to be round.) Use a floured finger if you have too.
Bake on 350 degrees hot oven at least 3 inches apart so they don't touch when they expand cooking. Bake until slightly browned on the bottom but not too dark. This is the flat side you will frost.
Cool. Frost half with white frosting and half chocolate frosting or all dark chocolate for full moons on the flat side of this cookie.
You can use canned or make from scratch below. I highly recommend homemade.
2 cups confectionery sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla
add milk a tablespoon at a time until desired thickness enough to spread on cookie.
add 1 tablespoon shortening to keep it white and a little softer for spreading. This is for the vanilla side
For the chocolate frosting:
Repeat above ingredients for chocolate, but add 2 tablespoons of dry cocoa powder or a little more for darker chocolate and mix until smooth and spreadable.

Second variation:

Whipped Frosting:
(several bakeries made a fluffy whipped frosting like this one instead)

2 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup milk
Cook, stirring constantly, until pasty consistency. Cool. (Do not use this mixture until it is really cold).

In a medium size bowl beat the following two ingredients together
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup granulated sugar
Beat 4 minutes.

1 teaspoon vanilla
Beat 4 minutes.

Cooled flour mixture
Beat 4 minutes.

The more you beat, the better it is! Double the recipe for large 3 layer cake. Do not use with chocolate powder or make this flavored with chocolate.

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