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Blumie Dec 12, 2013 08:43 AM

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. Boston_Otter Dec 12, 2013 10:31 AM

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

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    1. re: Boston_Otter
      Allstonian Dec 12, 2013 10:51 AM

      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
        Blumie Dec 12, 2013 10:53 AM

        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.

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          phatchris Dec 12, 2013 05:19 PM

          Elm St Bakery in Everett does a nice job.

          1. re: Blumie
            libertywharf Dec 14, 2013 05:22 AM

            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. StriperGuy Dec 13, 2013 05:50 AM

          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.

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            southie_chick Dec 13, 2013 08:45 AM

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

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              libertywharf Dec 14, 2013 05:22 AM

              Good tip

              1. re: southie_chick
                wandergirl Mar 20, 2014 03:06 PM

                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
                  southie_chick Mar 23, 2014 08:24 AM

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

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                    wandergirl Mar 23, 2014 08:53 AM

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

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                Velda Mae Dec 13, 2013 02:01 PM

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

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                  Allstonian Dec 13, 2013 04:07 PM

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

                  1. re: Allstonian
                    chompie Dec 13, 2013 10:04 PM

                    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

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                      brandywiner Dec 14, 2013 12:08 PM

                      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
                        libertywharf Dec 14, 2013 03:17 PM

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

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                          brandywiner Dec 14, 2013 06:04 PM

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

                    2. re: Allstonian
                      Velda Mae Dec 14, 2013 04:53 AM

                      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.

                      1. re: Velda Mae
                        Allstonian Dec 14, 2013 12:54 PM

                        Thanks - I was truly baffled!

                  2. lipoff Dec 16, 2013 08:02 AM

                    Antoine's Pastry Shop in Newton!

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                      winedude Mar 21, 2014 07:41 AM

                      I don't suppose that anyone knows where you can get these with real buttercream frosting (that is, not shortening-based frosting)? I was really disappointed with Lyndell's--there's not a drop of dairy product in it, I'm sure.

                      Love the idea of the Boston-style half moons, though.

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                        Jenny Ondioline Mar 21, 2014 03:21 PM

                        Weirdly, the half-moons at the late lamented North End Lyndell's were always worlds better than the other ones I've had, and I've wondered if that was part of the reason why.

                        1. re: winedude
                          southie_chick Mar 23, 2014 08:32 AM

                          Crumb in Downtown Boston (on Federal Street ?) USED TO make their half moons with the buttercream - they were soooooooo good. Now they use the "regular" sugar frosting, & they're not good at all.
                          Walgreens stopped carrying the Lyndells half moons, which were my "go to" a couple of moths ago but they were the sugar frosted ones.

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