I volunteered to make a dessert to bring to book club last week and I wanted to make an iconic New York dessert because the book that we read was set in New York City in the 1930’s. Cheesecake came to mind, but that has never been a top dessert choice for me so I decided to go a different direction with Black and White Cookies.

Black and White Cookies {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

The history of “Black and Whites” as they are called in New York, is a bit murky but it is well-known that the cookies have been present in my favorite city for nearly 100 years!  You can find some version of these Black and White Cookies at most delis, grocery stores and bakeries in the city.

Black and White Cookies {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

The dough for these famous Black and White Cookies is more cake-like than your typical cookie dough.  The cookies puff up so much when you bake them that you actually flip them over and frost the bottom because the flat surface is easier to decorate.  These Black and White Cookies are so soft and thick, they will remind you of a muffin top, but they are more dense than that and not as crumbly.  The tender cookies provide a perfect base for the chocolate and vanilla of frosting flavors.  I absolutely loved working with this frosting!  It was perfectly gooey and soft, yet it hardens just enough so that you can stack the cookies or even package them individually.

Black and White Cookies {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Black and White Cookies {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Black and White Cookies

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 14 minutes

Total Time: 44 minutes

Yield: 12 cookies

Black and White Cookies are thick and soft and they give you permission to not decide whether you want chocolate or vanilla!


    For the cookies
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup (8 Tbsp) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup, plus 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 eggs, whisked (minus 1 Tbsp)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • For the frostings
  • 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 heaping Tbsp honey
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla


    For the cookies:
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flours, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugars.
  4. Whisk the eggs in a small bowl and discard 1 Tbsp of the eggs.
  5. Add eggs, vanilla and lemon zest to the butter mixture and mix to combine.
  6. Add 1/3 of dry ingredients followed by half of the milk and mix well. Repeat with remaining dry ingredients and milk and mix well.
  7. Use a large spoon or cookie scoop to drop 1/4 cup-sized mounds of dough onto the prepared cookie sheets leaving at least 2 inches between cookies.
  8. Bake about 14 minutes or until edges of cookies are lightly browned and centers feel set.
  9. Cool for 5 minutes, then flip cookies over on cookie sheet so that flat bottoms are facing up.
  10. Cool cookies completely before frosting.
  11. For the frostings:
  12. Place chocolate chips into a small microwave-safe bowl and microwave for about 45 seconds until melted. Stir and set aside.
  13. Place water and honey in another microwave-safe mug or bowl and microwave for 45 seconds. Stir.
  14. Place powdered sugar in a medium bowl and add vanilla. Slowly drizzle in water/honey mixture until the frosting is runny, but slightly thickened.
  15. Spread the vanilla frosting onto half of each cookie using a spoon to place the frosting and an offset spatula to spread it.
  16. Add melted chocolate to remaining vanilla frosting and mix well.
  17. Spread chocolate frosting over other half of cookies using the same technique.
  18. Allow frosting to set for about 30 minutes.
  19. Recipe adapted from Bakingdom (http://bakingdom.com)

this is what my frosting setup looked like:

melted chocolate and water mixed with honey

this is the final consistency of my frosting


use spoon and offset spatula to apply frosting


Black and White Cookies {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

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8 Comments ( Reply )

  1. emily (a nutritionist eats)
    Jun 04, 2013 @ 1:39 pm

    I saw Black & White Cupcakes this morning at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and thought of you! These are fun…not sure if I’ve ever had a B&W Cookie before.


  2. Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Jun 04, 2013 @ 8:00 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever had a B&W cookie, but I love the look of them!


  3. Elaine @ Cooking to Perfection
    Jun 05, 2013 @ 8:14 am

    I love black and white cookies! I remember my first trip to NYC and trying a black and white cookie. I need to make these from scratch, as everything is *always* better from scratch. 🙂 Pinning!


  4. Alyssa
    Jun 05, 2013 @ 8:23 am

    Yours came out so perfect! These are my roommates favorite cookie, but I totally mess them up every time I try to make them for her (like, set of the fire alarm type mess up). They’re the one cookie I can’t seem to make!


  5. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction
    Jun 05, 2013 @ 9:42 am

    I’ve never tried making black and white cookies. Yours look great!


  6. Luv What You Do
    Jun 06, 2013 @ 10:32 pm

    Black and white cookies are my favorite EVER! We cna’t get them here in Chicago so I eat way too many on every trip to NYC and FL and always bring some back home : ) I can’t wait to have a day to make my own!


  7. sally @ sallys baking addiction
    Jun 09, 2013 @ 10:06 am

    I LOVE black and white cookies! Mercedes, these look awesome. I’ve never tried to make them myself though! I always get a couple when I’m in NY. 🙂


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