Black and White Cookies

black and white cookies

Black and White Cookies are pure delicious nostalgia for me. I discovered them living in New York, where they would stare at me, boldly, from behind bakery windows. I took their “come hither” look seriously, and spend a decent portion of my seven years in the city searching out the perfect Black and White. Some were dry and terrible, others sickly sweet and fell apart within the first few bites. And rare few were simply delightful (and made all of that research worth the effort!)


At it’s core, the Black and White is just a little cake with two glazes. To me, it’s deliciousness lies in a tender, under-sweetened cookie, paired with a sweet chocolate and vanilla glaze. I like that you get to make choices as you eat the cookie – my preference is to alternate back-and-forth between eating the black and white sides. Plenty of other folks are exact opposites – eat one side entirely before moving on to the other. There’s probably conclusions to be drawn about personalities types based off of how we eat our Black and Whites, but we’ll save that analysis for another blog.


These cookies are showing up here at S&S  this month for a few reasons – in this wonderful season of baked goods, these cookies are slightly uncommon (well, at least here on the west coast) but generally well-loved. This makes them great to bring to cookie exchanges and holiday parties, or to give as gifts. The cake part is super easy to make, and you can be fussy (and pipe your frosting) or not (and use a knife or spatula to spread).


I’ve tried out a number of recipes over the years, and this one is by far the best. It’s got all that I’m looking for in a Black and White and plus, with crisp, buttery edges and a tender cake-like cookie holding up the rich chocolate and sweet vanilla glaze. I’ll be wrapping a few up in bags, sealing with a stickers similar to this one (because bakery-like packaging inevitably makes people think you purchased the treat), and sharing with a few folks I love.




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