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 not a baker then this is the recipe for you.

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 taste 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 cake mix, so here is the original recipe just in case this isn't your idea of homemade at all.

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

these are half moons or black and whites with frosting for Halloween

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.


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!

these are half moon cookies made with a chocolate cake mix

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

baked chocolate cookies on parchment paper

Other ideas

I have made one big half-moon also in a pizza pan that's heavily greased.

Perfect for a birthday half-moon cookie party or to send to the office.

That's a quick time saver when you don't want to frost each individual cookies.

This recipe also makes a great fruit topped cookie baked in the pizza round pan glazed with a warm jam and spread with a cream cheese frosting.

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

half moon cookies made with a cake mix for Halloween

Tools You Will Need

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

chocolate cake mix batter

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Halloween Half Moon Cake Mix Cookies

Yield: 20
prep time: 5 Mcook time: 12 Mtotal time: 17 M
These are a semi-homemade Halfmoon cookie popular in Upstate New York for Halloween. These are not made from scratch, they are made with a cake mix and canned frosting for a quick fix. Original recipe links for bakery-style half-moons are listed in this recipe card.


  • For all chocolate half-moons:
  • 1 - 18 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.
  • 2/3 cup oil ( I used vegetable)
  • 2eggs
  • 1 can white frosting
  • 1 can chocolate frosting ( I prefer homemade)
  • food coloring
  • sprinkles
  • nuts
  • decorating candies to match the holiday theme or colored sugars


How to cook Halloween Half Moon Cake Mix Cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 350. 
  2. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Combine all ingredients in a bowl mix until well blended.
  3. Bake for 6 to8 minutes depending on size, the middle should be set not wet looking.
  4. Cool completely. Frost flat sides, half white half chocolate.
  5. Note: tinted frosting is using 1 drop red food coloring 1 drop yellow.
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These are the Original Half-Moons in this Video Below Made From Scratch!  Take a look:

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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