Posted on 19 December 2008 by joy
Allow me to introduce you to my most favorite cookies in the world: Black and White Cookies. Part chocolate, part vanilla, part cake, part cookie. Just the most beautiful hybrid in the world.
These cookies bake up surprisingly easily. I like to wrap mine up in a bit of plastic wrap, maybe throw a cute ribbon on them, and call it a Christmas gift. They’re perfect to carry around in a basket to hand off to neighbors. Believe me, when you run out of sugar next time, you’ll definitely have a friendly face to turn to if your neighbors know that something like these cookies are in the making.
And don’t forget the world of Red Velvet Black and White Cookies!
Traditional Black and White Cookies
Gourmet February 2002
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup well-shaken buttermilk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/3 cup (5 1/3 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
- 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 to 2 tablespoons water
- 1/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
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. 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.
Make icings while cookies chill:
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.
Turn cookies flat sides up, then spread white icing over half of each and chocolate over other half.