Orange and Ginger Harvest Moon Phase Cookies Recipe

These cookies are perfect for Halloween and celebrating the dark, moody days of autumn!
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Hey October, didn’t see ya there! There is a definite chill in the air here in Seattle and I’m not mad about it. My winter coat has come out of hibernation, my AC unit and accompanying fans have been tucked away for the season, and I am in full fall mode. And I’m not just talking pumpkin spice, though, of course, it has its place. But I love to explore different ways to celebrate the season. Enter these pretty darn cute (if I do say so myself) Orange and Ginger Harvest Moon Phase Cookies. They are perfect for Halloween and celebrating the dark, moody days of autumn.

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With Halloween right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to share a treat that’s very autumnal, yet a little more grown up than your typical monster-themed goody. The spicy, fresh ginger and bright and sweet orange zest perfume these little sugar cookies that sandwich rich, dark chocolate ganache. And the fun part: the cookies have little cutouts that represent the different moon phases! I used a paring knife and cut the designs freehand, but you could also use cookie cutters (see the ones linked at the end of the post) if that’s more your vibe. You could even just create solid tops and bottoms and skip the cutout part if you want or experiment with different shapes. Have fun with them!

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Ginger and Orange Harvest Moon Phase Cookies Recipe, perfect for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the next full moon #cookies #sandwichcookies #ginger #orange #darkchocolate #chocolate #moonphases #fullmoon #harvestmoon #fall #autumn #halloween #october

Orange and Ginger Harvest Moon Phase Cookies Recipe

These cookies are perfect for Halloween and celebrating the dark, moody days of autumn!
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 10 mins
Chill Time 2 hrs 20 mins
Total Time 3 hrs 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 30
Calories 187 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Rolling Pin
  • 1 Stand Mixer
  • 1 2 inch biscuit cutter a round glass or cookie cutter will work
  • 1 Small pot
  • 1 Heat-proof glass bowl
  • 1 Rolling Pin
  • Baking sheets

Ingredients
  

COOKIES:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 1 tbsp orange zest freshly grated
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger peeled and grated
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • 3 cups all purpose flour plus more for rolling out cookies
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt

GANACHE:

  • 8 oz dark chocolate roughly chopped
  • 4 oz heavy cream
  • pinch of salt

Instructions
 

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar together on medium speed until fluffy, about one minute. Add in the egg and vanilla and beat again to incorporate. Next, add the orange zest and ginger and mix again to incorporate. After that, pour in the flour and salt and mix again until just combined. Pat the dough into a flat disc and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill for at least two hours, or until firm.
  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Flour your work surface and rolling pin and roll dough out into ¼ inch thickness. Then, cut out circles using a glass or 2 inch biscuit cutter. Re-roll scraps and repeat until all the dough is gone. Keep half the circles as the bottoms and for the other half, use a paring knife to cut out various moon phase shapes, being sure to leave about a ¼ inch border around all sides.
  • Next, working in batches, place all cookies on parchment-lined cookie sheets about an inch apart. Freeze for about 20 minutes, or until frozen solid. Bake for about 8-10 minutes, until lightly brown. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely. 
  • When all the cookies have baked, make the ganache. Add a large heat-proof bowl over a small pot filled with a few inches of water set over medium heat. Add the chopped chocolate, cream, and salt to the bowl and stir occasionally until melted, being sure to keep the water just barely simmering, but not boiling. Remove from heat and allow to cool and thicken for about 10-15 minutes.
  • Using an offset spatula, spread about a teaspoon of ganache onto the bottom of a cookie and top with a top cookie. Repeat until all cookies are assembled.

Nutrition

Calories: 187kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 2gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 45mgPotassium: 75mgFiber: 1gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 256IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 13mgIron: 2mg
Keyword chocolate, Christmas cookies, cookie recipe, cookies, Fall dessert, fall recipe, moon phase, orange chocolate
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Ginger and Orange Harvest Moon Phase Cookies Recipe, perfect for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the next full moon #cookies #sandwichcookies #ginger #orange #darkchocolate #chocolate #moonphases #fullmoon #harvestmoon #fall #autumn #halloween #october
Ginger and Orange Harvest Moon Phase Cookies Recipe, perfect for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the next full moon #cookies #sandwichcookies #ginger #orange #darkchocolate #chocolate #moonphases #fullmoon #harvestmoon #fall #autumn #halloween #october

These adorable little treats are perfect for bringing to a Halloween party, fall dinner party, or even just wrapping up in little gift bags and giving them as gifts!

So, what do you think of these cute, autumnal cookies?? If you make a batch, let us know how they turned out! Happy Fall!

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Photography, styling, and recipe by Taylor Harbin of All Purpose Flour Child for Jojotastic.

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