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Black and White Cookies

December 19, 2008

Black and White Cookies

Black. White.

Chocolate. Vanilla.

Cake. Cookie.

Black and White Cookies

My favorite cookies, ever.

Yes. I can have it all.

Black and White Cookies

Black and White Cookies

I insist on eating down the center of these cookies. When the center is devoured, I simply stuff the remainder of the chocolate and vanilla sides into my face. It’s the only way I know how to approach one of these cookies.

Simon asked me to choose.

If I could only have one side of the cookie for the rest of my life, what would it be: chocolate or vanilla?

Impossible. That’s exactly why the black and white cookie was invented, so I wouldn’t have to choose!

I won’t choose. I refuse. I can’t enter your world of black and white choices. Nothing is that simple. AND I live in a world where I can have both. BOTH! I want both, and I don’t mind being a brat about it.

Thanks Simon for these killer cookie shots.

Black and White Cookies

Black and White Cookies

Black and White Cookies

Black and White Cookies

Print this Recipe!

makes about 16 large cookies

adapted from Gourmet Cookbook

and don’t forget Red Velvet Black and White Cookies

For the Cookies

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

For Vanilla Glaze

2 cups powdered sugar

1 Teaspoon light corn syrup

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For Chocolate Glaze

4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate

3 Tablespoons butter

1 Tablespoon light corn syrup

To make the 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 eggs, 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. 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 chill (to cool quickly), about 5 minutes.

To make the glazes-

In a bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 tablespoon of corn syrup and 2 tablespoons hot water, until smooth. That’s your vanilla glaze.

In a separate bowl, melt the butter and the chocolate in a microwave for about 1 minute. Add the corn syrup and stir until smooth. That’s your chocolate glaze!

Once the cookies are cooled, face them all bottom side up of a clean surface. Spread half of the cookie with vanilla glaze and the other half with chocolate glaze. Refrigerate for 20 minutes to set. And…Yum!

Black and White Cookies

Black and White Cookies


64 Comments Add A Comment

  • I found your blog through somebody’s comment in another food blog…. and I instantly fell in love with the pink layout and the perfect pictures… I love baking, and finding your website with so many great recipes and specially insights from you made my day!!! I already went trough all 7 pages!!! That’s right!!….and also watched your podcast!! You are very good in front of a camera!!! And I can’t wait to try all your recipes, well, maybe some of them….
    Thank you….have a lovely start to you work week!!!

  • i just found your blog through a random series of clicks and i am hooked! baking is my passion too and i can’t wait to try several of your recipes.

  • Oh, those look sinfully delicious!

    Thanks for adding us as a friend on Foodbuzz. We welcome you to come visit our site!

  • LOL – re Kristen’s comment – I saw that yeast one too and was a bit weirded out (even if I love the source). Your cookies look great! I have a favorite B&W on my blog, but the texture of these ones look great! I will definitely try these.

    BTW – I made the chocolate chip pancakes (immediately) and LOVED them!!

  • I’ve seen some weird recipes for black & whites lately. I even saw one that used yeast!! This looks safer. Now I can’t wait to try them!

  • I can never resist one of these little cookies when I’m waiting in line at starbucks. Dangerous!!

  • Confession. I’ve never actually had a black and white cookie. I know. I should be taken out back and shot. I honestly think I’ve always been so unsure of my eating strategy that I just never tried. I’m absolutely ashamed of myself.

  • Love, love, love black and white cookies….hands down my favorite cookies.

  • I can not even tell you how great the things look on your site. Great blog….now i am hungry

  • Oh wow!!! These cookies look dangerous!

  • Those would look really neat as Tao symbols! (Not really a Christmas concept I know, but it’s what came to mind.)

  • These make me homesick for NYC where they’re sold in every deli. But those cookies aren’t nearly delicious and drippy yummy looking as yours look! Happy Holidays, Oh Joy that you are.

  • I love your photos-especially of the icing dripping down the sides of the cookies! I’ve never had these before but your rave reviews have convinced me to add these to my recipe box. Thanks for sharing!

  • Awesome cookies! I eat the vanilla side first, save the chocolate for last! Everyone has their own way with a B &W :)

  • Love your cute ring! And the cookies look yummy too!

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