Black and White Brownie cookies (aka half moon cookies)

Black and white brownie/half moon cookies

I know the classic black and white, or half moon cookie, has a vanilla cookie base. But today, I decided to mix it up and go with a brownie base. I also decided to use my whoopie pie pans! Honestly, they are one of the baking tools I have, but rarely use. (Others include a churros maker and mini cake pop maker, both which operate like a foreman grill, and breadmaker).

Whoopie pie pan getting used for the first time in a long time

I used a mix for these, but you could probably use your favorite homemade recipe and add the flour and baking cocoa. Remember to scoop your flour from,you flour bag into your measuring cup and preheat your oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes before baking. Also, if black and white cookies are not your thing, make whatever flavor filling you want and make whoopie pies.

  • Ingredients
  • 1 brownie recipe, prepared
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa

Directions – preheat oven to 350 for 20 minutes. Spray a whoopie pie pan with baking spray, or line a cookie sheet with a nonstick baking liner. Combine your brownie recipe, along with flour and baking cocoa. Mixture will be thick. Scoop out 2 tbs dough and spread evenly in whoopie pie pan or to a 2 1/2 inch circle. Bake at 350 for 8 to 10 minutes. Tops may seem undone, but that is ok. Cooking too long will dry them out. Let cool completely.

Chocolate frosting – in a microwave safe bowl, combine 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips and 4 1/2 tbs butter. Melt in 30 second increments until you can stir smooth. Flat side up, frost 1/2 of cookie. Let set 10 minutes.

Let the chocolate side set for 10 minutes

Vanilla frosting – combine 2 cups powdered sugar, 2 tbs corn syrup and 2-3 tbs heavy cream. Frost other side of cookie. Store in covered container.

The finished product

Thanks for stopping by today! If you make these, let me know how they turn out. Remember to be kind. We are all battling something. And don’t forget you matter and are loved!


King Sized Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut butter!

I needed a little something extra to bring into work tomorrow, along with my small batch of ganache-topped fudge brownies, so I thought peanut butter cookies would be a good option. I didn’t want to spend all day baking, so I opted to make only 8! And they are quite large. Instead of topping them with melted milk chocolate, I sprinkled them with sugar.

Reminders 1) spoon your flour from your flour container into your measuring cup, 2) chill the mounds of dough for a few hours before baking So the cookies don’t spread, 3) preheat your oven to 400 degrees for 20 minutes before baking so your oven cycles to the right temperature.

  • Ingredients
  • 10 tbs butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbs vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tbs cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • Extra sugar

Directions – cream butter, peanut butter, sugar and brown sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Fold in dry ingredients. I actually used my hands to completely make sure the dough was blended together. Divide dough into 8 equal pieces. Roll each in sugar. Store in fridge for a few hours. Preheat oven to 400 degrees for 20 minutes. On a cookie sheet lined with nonstick baking liners, stagger cookies. Bake 10 to 13 minutes (there will be light golden patches on top and bottoms will be a light golden color). Cool completely and store in covered container.

I think Gracie had some of this cookie!

Remember to be kind. It honestly isn’t that hard. Cut people a break. We never know what is happening with other people. This is a hard time for everyone. We are all doing the best we can, each day. That includes being kind to yourself. You are loved and you matter. Wishing you peace, love and joy today. ❤