UTICA HALF MOON COOKIES

UTICA HALF MOON COOKIES
As an ode to my hometown I decided to make them at home, a chocolatey fudgy cookie serves as the base, and is topped with homemade vanilla and chocolate buttercream, enjoy!
UTICA HALF MOONS
PREP TIME: 20 MINUTES
BAKE TIME: 10 MINUTES 

INGREDIENTS
Cookie
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ cup hot water
Directions
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper
  • In a large bowl, cream together ½ cup of shortening and white sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in the egg, then stir in the vanilla and milk.
  • Combine the flour, cocoa and salt, stir into the creamed mixture.
  • Stir together the baking soda and hot water then add to the batter.
  • Drop by tablespoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven, until firm but not over baked. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheets before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

Chocolate Frosting
  • ¼ cup (½ stick) butter
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 5 tbsp + 1 tsp milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
Directions
  • Melt butter. Stir in cocoa. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency.
  • Add small amount additional milk, if needed. Stir in vanilla. About 1 cup of frosting.
Vanilla Frosting
  • ¼ cup (½ stick butter) room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp milk
Directions
  • Place room temperature butter in kitchen aid and whip butter until it is light and airy, slowly add powdered sugar and milk alternating between the two.

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