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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Black and White Cookies


So, I realized a couple of weeks ago that I wasn't sure if I've ever had a Black and White Cookie before. I'm pretty sure now that I've had one, that I absolutely would have remembered if I had. These cookies are just flat-out awesome. No wonder New Yorker's far and wide swear by these bad boys. Seriously, what's not to love about a cakey, tangy cookie with the perfect balance of two flavors of frosting - this is indeed a cookie for the indecisive. Want chocolate? Go for it. Want lemon? Gotcha' covered. Want some of both - yeah, we've got that too.

I read a slew of other recipes, but frankly, I'm so happy with the flavors and balance of this one, I just haven't even wanted to try a different one. Not all the recipes I've seen out there have lemon in the frosting, but I can't see going without it now. These cookies are large - the recipe really does only make 8 cookies, but we are talking a good 4 to 5 inch across cookie. I'm sure it would be simple enough to make smaller cookies and adjust the baking time, but I like the idea of only having to frost 8 cookies. These are also easy and quick to make, so pretty much, this is an instant gratification kind of deal.

A couple of quick housekeeping items. Congrats to Brilynn over at Jumbo Empanadas! She was the winner of the gift card give-away. Thanks again to everyone who commented and told me what you love about reading blogs. It was a lot of fun to see how everyone feels and it really just reaffirmed the sense of community I've had since starting this blog about why we're here nad doing this. You all seriously rock!

Now, without any further gilding the lily, 'cause these cookies really just don't need it, here is my adjusted version of the recipe I found on Epicurious. I added a slight amount of flour to prevent the cookies from spreading at the edges as much as they did the first time I made these, and I also increased the frosting recipe a bit because I liked it just a slight bit thicker than the original version left room for.

Black and White Cookies
(Adapted from this recipe)

For cookies:
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup well-shaken buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg

For icings:
2 1/4 cups confectioners sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons light corn syrup
3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 to 3 tablespoons water
1/3 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder

Make cookies:

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Stir together buttermilk and vanilla in a cup.

Beat together butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes, then add egg, beating until combined well. Mix in flour mixture and buttermilk mixture alternately in batches at low speed (scraping down side of bowl occasionally), beginning and ending with flour mixture. Mix until smooth.

Spoon 1/4 cups of batter about 2 inches apart onto a buttered large baking sheet (or lined with parchment).

Bake in middle of oven until tops are puffed and pale golden, and cookies spring back when touched, 15 to 17 minutes. Transfer with a metal spatula to a rack and allow to cool completely.

Make icings while cookies cool:
Stir together confectioners sugar, corn syrup, lemon juice, vanilla, and 1 tablespoon water in a small bowl until smooth. Transfer half of icing to another bowl and stir in cocoa, adding more water, 1/2 teaspoon at a time, to thin to same consistency as white icing.

Ice cookies:
Turn cookies flat sides up, then spread white icing over half of each and chocolate over other half.



mimi said...

these look lovely, and definitely like the real deal! (it should be soft cakey cookie, not a hard cookie.) i love black and whites! although now it inevitably makes me think of the seinfeld episode ...

Melanie said...

Black and white cookies are SO elegant! I've never made them, either, but am bookmarking this recipe!

Joy @ Joy Of Desserts said...

I have a yummy surprise for you on my blog. :-)

K8 said...

These look great! I was totally looking for something new to test out and these fit the bill. Thanks!

grace said...

i'm with mimi--

"The thing about eating the black and white cookie, Elaine, is you want to get some black and some white in each bite. Nothing mixes better than vanilla and chocolate. And yet somehow racial harmony eludes us. If people would only look to the cookie all our problems would be solved...Look to the cookie, Elaine. Look to the cookie."

i love seinfeld and i love these cookies! :)

Manggy said...

Hahaha! I remember that Seinfeld quote too. I haven't yet tasted one. I think the fact that I want to make my way to New York first and see what the original tastes like is stopping me :) Beautiful job you've done here!

PheMom said...

You guys crack me up! I remember that Seinfeld episode. Too funny! Look to the cookie should be a worldwide motto!

Brilynn said...

I like the thought of having only 8 cookies to frost too! Go big or go home!

Anonymous said...

I'm originally from NY and I love them. I made them once from Paula Deen's recipe and they were fabulous. I work for a chocolate company ( and substituted regular chocolate chips with our super dark 70% Sao Thome chips and it really made them more chocolate than just chocolatey sweet on top. They're so fun to make!!!

Jenny said...

These look so fun! They look beautiful too! Great recipe.

Steph said...

I've never had a black and white cookie either! I've wanted to try making them, so bookmarking them as we speak!

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

I haven't had a black & white cookie yet, but I should after reading your blog entry! Great job.
Shari@Whisk: a food blog

kimberly salem said...

awesome, thanks for sending me the link! they look delicious! :)

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