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Dec 12, 2013 08:43 AM

Half Moons

I just noticed today that Francesca's, in the South End, has closed. That was my go-to place for half moon cookies. (I much prefer the Boston-style frosted half moons to the NY-style glazed half-and-halfs.) Where should I go now?

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  1. I'd definitely suggest Lyndell's Bakery. It's one of their specialties.

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    1. re: Boston_Otter

      I quite like Lyndell's half moons, but be advised: while they do feature Boston-style frosting, rather than a glaze, the frosting tops what is more like a very small yellow cake rather than a cookie.

      1. re: Boston_Otter

        I have tried the Lyndell's half moons and didn't like them as much as Francesca's; I found them far too sweet. Maybe they're due another try.

        1. re: Blumie

          Elm St Bakery in Everett does a nice job.

          1. re: Blumie

            Yes, lyndell's are very sweet but I could never resist getting two when passing by their old north end location.
            If near Brockton or hingham, White's are pretty good and not very sweet and less expensive.

        2. Though generally not a fan of Mike's they always did a very good black and white cookie, though perhaps more of a thick glaze then actual frosting.

          1. Walgreens on the corner of Washington & School Street sells the Lyndell's half moons - & they're open 24/7.

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              1. re: southie_chick

                Does anyone know if it is still the case that Walgreen's carries Lyndell's half moons? I've been in a couple of times looking for them in the bakery case but haven't found them.

                1. re: wandergirl

                  Walgreens stopped using Lyndells a couple of months ago, so no more half moons. : (

                  1. re: southie_chick

                    This is disappointing but I appreciate the update. Guess I'll just have to make the trip to Somerville!

              2. I prefer the ones from the Modern Pastry Shop to Lyndell's. They're made with frosting, not icing.

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                1. re: Velda Mae

                  I'm confused by your statement. Lyndell's are also topped with frosting.

                  1. re: Allstonian

                    Best ones I had in years are a drive, but really good at Beans and More - I might be messing up the name in Wayland on rte 30 behind JJ Mckays, in front of Donelans Market. Nicely flavored cake and cocoa rich chocolate frosting and vanilla-y vanilla generously sized and frosted. Had Lyndells a few years back and the frosting was really grainy. I thought they closed...Beans makes other great things too, Danish, apple pies, cupcakes, etc. Its counter service/take out, but you can take it and eat at the backroom of McKays with a cozy fireplace

                    1. re: chompie

                      The original Lyndell's in Ball Square is still going strong. I grew up with their half moons (which we called dropcakes). Had them during a holiday visit a couple of years back, and was shocked at just how sweet they were! (Since my brother's family didn't seem to find anything unusual about them, I assume it was my taste buds that had changed, and not the pastry.)

                      Still tasty, but I definitely wouldn't want them very often.

                      1. re: brandywiner

                        Wow, I haven't heard them called dropcakes in thirty plus years.

                        1. re: libertywharf

                          Well, I grew up in Medford in the 60's and 70's, so that fits.

                    2. re: Allstonian

                      My bad, Allstonian. Two disconnected thoughts should have been separate paragraphs. My intent was to confirm for the OP that Modern's half moons are frosted, not to imply that Lyndell's aren't.

                  2. Antoine's Pastry Shop in Newton!