Ready or not the holiday season is here with all the magic and excitement… and hustle and bustle.
A few weeks before Thanksgiving I went to my local nursery looking for rosemary plants and discovered their greenhouses filled with Poinsettias. The sight took my breath away. Today I went back for better photos (iPhone photos were too blurry) and to buy my Christmas Poinsettias. I had a great selection! If you live near me and you know who you are, I highly recommend “Blossom and Bloom” (14420 Birmingham Highway) My next stop was tree shopping, done. And now, in between all the other hustle and bustle, I can start baking cookies. The list of cookies I want to bake for Christmas is always longer than I find time, but I am not the only one that loves Christmas cookies… also for breakfast. One of the first cookies my daughters always ask me to make are “Moon Cookies.” Yes, we made up that name, I have been making these chocolate crescent shaped powered sugar dusted cookies since they were little. Actually, when my daughters were first born, I thought it was my duty as a mother to bake cookies, not that I didn’t already love to bake cookies, but now I had an excuse to buy a cookie cookbook. Our second cookie of this 2010 Christmas Cookie Season~ Moon Cookies!
Chocolate Crescent “Moon” Cookies
adapted from Mrs. Fields Cookie Book
1- 1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup powered sugar
Preheat oven 325 F
1. In a small bowl combine flour and cocoa powder; mix with whisk.
2. In a large bowl combine butter and sugar; mix at medium speed. Add vanilla and egg; mix until light and creamy. Scrape down sides and add flour/cocoa mixture; mix at low speed.
3. Shape dough into walnut size pieces then roll into log and bend slightly to form a “moon crescent” shape. Place on baking sheets lined with parchment paper an inch apart.
4. Bake 13-15 minutes. Cool for a few minutes on pan and then roll warm cookies in powered sugar. (Sprinkle more powered sugar on cookies before serving).
Ho Ho Ho!