Half Moon Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

Wednesday, October 31, 2018
For all of you that know me and read my blog, I am from Upstate Utica, N.Y. We have some of the best bakeries in the world there, at least to me.

These are a semi-homemade Halfmoon and if you have followed me in the past know, I always make mine from scratch.

If you are in a huge hurry and want a quick fix and aren't a baker, then this is the recipe for you using any flavored cake mix.

Today we are making white half-moon cookies and chocolate half-moon cookies that taste practically homemade.

You can enjoy these in no time at all without running out of time to make special treats like this one.

This recipe will come in handy for all us working folks and moms who just run out of time with making things for school functions, benefits, large parties, and just because they're so good. Did I mention you use a cake mix?

Oh yes and you can make all kinds of flavored cake mixes and also frost them to whatever theme is going on. Fast to be a quick fix and pretty darn good!

Also, use coordinating tinted frostings for the cake mixes you choose to use.

I have to say these are definitely pretty darn good and the kids loved them!

Cake Mix Recipes are fun, we love creating quick recipes from doctored cake mixes like this Dark Fudge Chocolate Cake or Carrot Cake that tastes like it was baked from scratch.

I love the spice cake with an orange-tinted cream cheese frosting and a little sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar on top, the perfect fall flavors!

Well, I know what you're thinking about a doctored cake mix, so here is the original recipe just in case this isn't your idea of homemade at all.

Do try the original recipe when you have time and as always thanks for visiting me today.

half moons make with a chocolate cake mix iced with chocolate and vanilla frosting

Cake Mix Half Moon Cookies

You really can use any flavored mix, chocolate seems to be the favorite here.

Whenever we are in a hurry these are a quick fix for a bakery-style half-moon cookie urge.

Quick and easy to make.

these are half moon cookies made with a chocolate cake mix frosted also called black and white cookies


You can match any holiday theme just by changing the colors of the frosting.

Red and green for Christmas.

Red, white, and blue for patriotic holidays.

All Green for St. Patricks Day.

The best part for these cake mix half moons, you also can use any flavored cake mixes.

With just some tinted frostings, candies and the basic round moons, you can create anything you like.

Fun for any functions, birthday, holidays and so much more.

Easier than cupcakes too!

Drop them on a cookie sheet, bake, cool, frost, and decorate.

Or make them from scratch with my Original Recipe HERE with homemade frostings too!

christmas sprinkles on half moon chocolate cookies

Cake Mix Cookie Ideas

  • Lemon
  • Chocolate
  • White
  • Butter Pecan
  • Spice
  • Orange
  • Devils Food
  • Dark Chocolate Fudge
  • Strawberry
  • Pineapple 
  • Coconut
  • Tinted frosting to match the holiday theme
  • Decorating sprinkles and colored sugars to match the holiday or birthday theme

chocolate and vanilla cake mix half moon cookies

Other Ideas and Tips

  1. make one large on a small pizza pan and decorate
  2. use an ice cream scoop for even-sized  cookies
  3. homemade frosting is best but canned can be substituted 
  4. mix by hand not with a mixer
  5. do not overbake cookies should be set in the center not browned
  6. any cake mixes can be used(white cake is more like bakery-style in color for vanilla half-moons)
  7. color coordinate the frosting with sprinkles for holiday themes (IE orange and black for Halloween, Red, and Green for Christmas, Pastels for Easter, Red White and Blue for Patriotic

this is batter for half moon cookies using a chocolate cake mix showing how thick it is

Ingredients for these Half Moon Cake Mix Cookies

(for the complete list and quantities please scroll to the recipe card below)

  • chocolate cake mix ( use any flavor you like using this recipe IE white, yellow, spice, butter pecan, lemon, etc)
  • Note: do not use a mix with pudding in it.
  • vegetable oil
  • eggs
  • white frosting
  • chocolate frosting
  • food coloring
  • sprinkles
  • nuts
  • decorating candies to match the holiday theme or colored sugars

chocolate half moon cookie batter

Tools You Will Need

  • Cookie Sheet
  • Parchment paper 
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Bowl
  • Spatula
  • Decorating tools Optional

chocolate half moon cookies cooling on a cookie sheet

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Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Half Moon  Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

Half Moon Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 8 MinTotal time: 13 Min
If you are familiar with half-moons or black and whites, these can be made any cake flavor starting with a cake mix and super simple.


  • For all chocolate half-moons:
  • 1 - 15.25 oz box size chocolate cake mix ( use any flavor you like using this recipe IE white, yellow, spice, butter pecan, lemon, etc)
  • Note: do not use a mix with pudding in it.
  • 1/2 cup oil ( I used vegetable)
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder ( I use special dark)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 can of white frosting or homemade
  • 1 can chocolate frosting ( here is a homemade recipe)
  • food coloring
  • sprinkles
  • nuts
  • decorating candies to match the holiday theme or colored sugars
  • for dark chocolate, moons add 1 tablespoon of special dark cocoa to the mix
  • Note: for 18-ounce cake mixes use 2/3 cup oil, 2/3 cup milk, and 2 eggs


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a bowl mix until well blended.
  4. For even size cookies use an ice cream scoop, then flatten down slightly.
  5. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes depending on size, the middle should be set not wet looking.
  6. Cool completely cake side down mounded side up. 
  7. Frost flat sides, half white half chocolate.
  8. Note: tinted frosting uses 1 drop of red food coloring and 1 drop of yellow to make the orange color.



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Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2014. It was edited and re-published in 2019.

1 comment

  1. Claudia, this looks tasty! These are absolutely mouth watering! It will quickly disappear in our house, very tasty and flavorful!


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