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Black and White Cookies For Fiesta Friday #127

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Black and White Cookies are an iconic treat made famous in New York City. There are multitudes of articles and opinions of who makes the best. Russ and Daughters, Zabar’s, Glasers, the opinions are as numerous as the number of black and whites in NYC. In doing some research I saw that one theory of origin is that it was was first made in Utica, NY and called “the half moon” (my hometown) at Hemstroughts Bakery (my families favorite bakery). You can see reference to the black and white on one of my favorite Seinfeld episodes and it is thought to be “the New York snack”. ย History aside, these are some seriously delicious cookies, or really they are small cakes. The cookie part is like a sponge cake, soft and voluptuous and the glaze is sweet and the perfect topping for this substantial cookie.

I thought I would try my hand at making the “black and white” and studied some recipes and my favorite was one from Epicurious. It seemed very easy to make and the cookies looked wonderful. The recipe makes eight large cookies, now they say to put about 1/4 cup batter 2 inches apart on a large sheet pan, maybe mine was not large enough because some of my cookies ran together. I don’t really care that they are not perfectly round, as long as they taste good. Let me tell you, this is a really good recipe, the cookies are delicious. The cookie came out exactly as it should, flat on the bottom and domed on the top, it has a tender crumb and is very cake like. The glaze is wonderful as well. This recipe is a keeper.

I made these cookies with 2 things in mind, first of all my young cousin who lives in NYC just had surgery and I am going to see her tomorrow, her favorite thing is the black and white so I am bringing some to her. Next I am lucky enough to be co hosting Fiesta Friday #127 this week with the lovely and uber talented Jess @Cooking Is My Sport. You are all invited to the party!!

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Black And White Cookies

Recipe on Epicurious

1 1/4 cup AP flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/3 cup butter softened to room temperature

1/2 cup sugar

1 egg

1/3 cup buttermilk (I didn’t have buttermilk so I thinned some creme fraiche, worked great)

1/2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degree’s. Whisk together or sift the flour, baking soda and salt. ย In your stand mixer with the paddle attachment cream the butter and sugar for about 3 minutes until light and fluffy. Add the egg and beat to combine well. Mix the vanilla with the buttermilk. Add the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk ending with the flour mixture. The batter is quite thick and I used a heaping 1 1/2 tbs scoop for each cookie. Line your cookie sheet with parchment and spray lightly with cooking spray. (In retrospect I would not bake all 8 cookies at the same time because some of them ran together slightly) place the scoops about 2 inches apart and bake for about 15 minutes (I took them out at 13 minutes). Place cookies on cooling rack and make the glaze.

Vanilla and Chocolate Glaze

1 1/4 cup confectioners sugar

1 tbs clear corn syrup

2 tsp lemon juice

1-2 tbs water

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder.

1/4 tsp vanilla

Mix the sugar, corn syrup, lemon juice and vanilla together. Add water as needed until it’s spreading consistency, it will be thick. The recipe said to divide into two bowls, I didn’t do that. When the coolies were cool I spread the white part with a small offset spatula, when that was done I added to the remaining glaze the chocolate, 1/2 tsp corn syrup and another tbs of water and spread that on the other half of the cookie (it saved me from getting another bowl dirty). Make sure the glaze is set before storing them.

Really good

Really good, quality control, cooks perogative taste testing.

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  1. Yay, you made the Black and Whites! They turned out spectacular Suzanne- one of my all time favorites. Love that we get to co-host together this week for FF ๐Ÿ˜‰

    July 8, 2016
    • So happy to be co hosting with you and Black and Whites are one of my all time favorites as well. Thank you so much.

      July 8, 2016
  2. I love a good, cakey black and white cookie! We get them often from our favorite deli. These look wonderful. I’ll have to give this recipe a try ๐Ÿ™‚

    July 8, 2016
    • I always get them either from a bakery or deli and the only time I have attempted to make them is when I was recipe testing and did a gluten free black and white which was good but I want my gluten in these. It’s so nice to have a recipe that really makes a good cookie. Thanks so much Sarah.

      July 8, 2016
  3. Huuuummmm ! All your cakes become favourites, dear Suzanne ! – et merci pour les dรฉtails pratiques- Bises et amitiรฉs – france ๐Ÿ™‚

    July 8, 2016
    • You are so kind France, merci pour le compliment, merci merci, passez un bon weekend!! Baisers!!

      July 8, 2016
  4. They look super yummy, Suzanne! Thanks a bunch for co-hosting FF this week! I have come to the party empty-handed this week, but hopefully I will have something tasty for next week! Happy FF to you! ๐Ÿ˜€

    July 8, 2016
    • Thanks so much Juliana, the cookies are not perfectly symetrical but they taste great and I guess that is what really counts.

      July 8, 2016
  5. These cookies always remind me of a Seinfeld episode. So thoughtful of you to bring them to your cousin, these would certainly cheer me up.

    July 8, 2016
    • I still laugh at that episode as a matter of fact when I was searching through recipes last night one of the articles had a clip from the black and white cookie episode. It still makes me laugh. Thanks so much Cheri.

      July 8, 2016
  6. These are one of my favorite cookies Suzanne! I had no idea they were a NY thing?! Such a lovely gift for your friend, I’m sure she will enjoy them. Hope you have a lovely weekend!

    July 8, 2016
  7. Hi Suzanne. I enjoyed learning about the background of black and white cookies. I’ve only seen them in bakeries a few times, but as you said a NYC thing. I like that they were not perfectly shaped, and I absolutely love that you photographed one with a bite taken from it! ๐Ÿ˜€ Fabulous for a Friday. Mega hugs!

    July 8, 2016
    • Thank you so much Teagan, well they sort of ran together during the baking but it’s ok I still like the way they look, not everything needs to be perfect. Have a wonderful weekend and mega hugs back.

      July 8, 2016
  8. I never knew about these cookies! Such a fun post!

    July 8, 2016
    • Oh if you come to NYC again you have to go to Glasers on the upper east side or Russ and Daughters and get one. They are so good. Thanks Mimi.

      July 8, 2016
      • I will make sure to get one. We wanted to go to Russ and Daughters but they opened late for breakfast!

        July 8, 2016
  9. Such cute cookies! I didn’t know they were invented in NY. Learn something new every day…

    July 8, 2016
    • Yes according to wikipedia they were. It’s a NY thing. Thanks so much.

      July 8, 2016
  10. What lovely cookies! I am sure your cousin will love them!

    July 8, 2016
  11. I have heard about these NYC cookies but have never had one before. You are so sweet to make these for your cousin! Who cares about the shape, right? They look very yummy!

    July 8, 2016
    • Oh they are really good, they are delicious and I am so glad I found a good recipe because I can see many of these cookies in my future, Thank you so much Kathryn.

      July 9, 2016
  12. Oh beautiful! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

    July 8, 2016
  13. Beautiful and yummy, Suzanne! Hope your cousin is feeling better!

    July 8, 2016
  14. Maria DeBrango Stickel #

    How wonderful. They look so delicious and I know that Maddie will love them! So thoughtful of you.
    Love and thanks,
    Maria

    July 8, 2016
  15. I’ve only heard of these, but never really knew what they were. Now I must try them! Thanks for co-hosting this week, and hope you have a lovely weekend.

    July 8, 2016
    • Thanks Hilda, always love co hosting the party and with such a fun partner, it’s going to be great.

      July 8, 2016
  16. Suzanne these look lovely – I’ve never heard of them before but I’m going to have a go at a vegan version! Thank you! I hope your cousin is feeling better now. Thanks for co-hosting Fiesta Friday – have fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

    July 8, 2016
    • Would love to see your vegan version, I have had vegan cake that was amazing. Thanks so much.

      July 8, 2016
      • ๐Ÿ™‚ adding it to my list of things to try! ๐Ÿ™‚

        July 10, 2016
  17. Suzanne this is divine๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

    July 8, 2016
  18. “14 years, down the drain!” lol
    Your cookies looks so tasty and fresh, very very far from the one Jerry ate…:D

    July 8, 2016
    • Yes was thinking about that he wasn’t feeling so good after hi cookie lol!!

      July 8, 2016
  19. My mom and I used to buy this cookie at Katz baked goods before boarding the shortline from Liberty to NYC way back when I was growing up. They were perfectly made. I always wondered why I never found them outside of New York.

    July 8, 2016
    • I’ve only been to Katz’s deli never to their bakery if it’s the same family. I bet they were good, I love this cookie. Thank you so much.

      July 8, 2016
      • about 30 minutes from my small town of Jeffersonville(where I grew up).

        July 9, 2016
  20. Reblogged this on ravenhawks' magazine and commented:
    The Black and Whites look awesome they are a favorite in my cookie recipes.Like making them for the winter holidays.

    July 8, 2016
  21. Your cookies look lovely Suzanne. Thank you for co-hosting this week FF and have a nice weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚

    July 9, 2016
  22. I am missing cookies, its time I make some! These look so good Suzanne ๐Ÿ™‚

    July 9, 2016
  23. What beautiful cookies! ๐Ÿ™‚

    July 9, 2016
  24. This is one cookie I have always intended to try but never got around to it! They sound delicious Suzanne and all the best on a speedy recovery to your cousin๐Ÿ˜Š

    July 9, 2016
    • Oh you have to try them Marisa, they are wonderful. Thank ou so much.

      July 11, 2016
  25. Thanks Suzanne for introducing us to these beautiful cookies . I can’t wait to look for for them when I come to New York.

    July 10, 2016
    • You have to get a black and white when you come to NYC, add it to your list of must try items. Thank you so much.

      July 11, 2016
  26. Haven’t had a black & white in a while – yours look delish Suzanne!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    July 10, 2016
  27. I love black & white cookies!

    July 10, 2016
  28. Your black & white cookies look utter y tasty! I didn’t know that they were a famous NY treat! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I love your tasty recipe too. I will make it this week! xxxx

    July 11, 2016
    • Sophie, black and white cookies are wonderful. Such a lovely treat. Thank you so much.

      July 11, 2016
  29. Your niece will love these cookies – minus one! I see someone sampled one of the cookies ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for co-hosting this week.

    July 11, 2016
    • Thanks so much Judi, she said she liked them even though by the time I got them to her they were day old.

      July 11, 2016
  30. I immediately thought “Seinfeld” when I saw your title. But your cookies look better than anything I’ve seen! Best to your cousin. Speedy recovery!

    July 11, 2016
    • Everytime I have a black and white I think of Seinfeld but then I can find a Seinfeld quote or quip for just about anything, it was such an epic show. Thanks so much Susan.

      July 11, 2016
  31. These look delicious! Interesting cake consistency, doesn’t make them any less delicious! And great idea with the icing to save some cleanup. And with thinning the creme fraiche too! When I don;t have buttermilk I use the regular milk and vinegar trick.

    July 12, 2016
    • I also do the milk and vinegar thing but thought it would be interesting to try some creme fraiche and it worked really well. Thanks so much!

      July 12, 2016
  32. Hi Suzanneโ™ฅ These cookies are so charming! It feels good to be visiting you once more โ™ฅ

    July 12, 2016
  33. These black and white cookies look simply amazing! Hope you are doing well with Percy! (:

    July 13, 2016
  34. I loved learning about these! I didn’t know they were a “thing” and have seen some photos of cookies, half black half white but didn’t really get what they were about. I think I assumed they were like a sugar cookie, which, clearly, they are not!!

    They look delish!! And thanks for hosting for us at FF!!

    July 13, 2016
    • They are delicious. One of my all time favorite cookies but up until now I had not found a recipe I loved. This is a real keeper. Thanks so much Mollie.

      July 13, 2016
  35. Hi Suzanne– I was surprised too, that they re not just a normal sugar cookie! They look really beautiful! I think your cousin will be happy to see you arrive with them! and I’m hoping for a good recovery from the surgery… Such a sweet post

    July 14, 2016
    • I was so surprised that so many people had never heard of black and whites, I guess it’s a real NY thing. I had no idea they were not enjoyed all over the country. Thank you so much. I brought them to my cousin and she said she loved them, my young cousin is a strong girl, she will be just fine.

      July 14, 2016
      • Glad to hear she’s doing well Suzanne–and glad she has you there for encouragement! Yep, I’ve heard of black & white cookies on t.v. cooking shows– but I’ve never met one in person! Hope to give them a try next time we ned cookies!! They look so festive. thanks.

        July 14, 2016
  36. Hands down, one of my most favorite NYC treats. Whenever we go back to visit our families we always take them a few back fresh from the bakery. I can never decide what side is my favorite… black or white… so I eat them both! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for the great recipe!

    July 14, 2016
    • Me too, I just love a fresh black and white. I favor the chocolate side but really enjoy getting both sides in one bite if I can. Sometimes I cut it in half and put both sides together so I get both in one bite. LOL Thanks so much Pamela!

      July 15, 2016
  37. Thanks for bringing the iconic cookies to the fiesta, Suzanne! Now we can party in style!! LOVE these! Thanks for cohosting! XOXO

    July 15, 2016
    • My pleasure and was so happy to bring my all time favorite cookie to the party. Thanks Angie.

      July 15, 2016
  38. I haven’t had a black and white cookie in years. These look delicious Suzanne! I need to make these for my kids. ๐Ÿ˜€

    July 15, 2016
    • They are wonderful, making them again soon. It’s a terrific recipe. Thanks so much Antonia!!

      July 15, 2016
  39. Nicely done! Yummy!

    July 16, 2016
  40. These cookies are so chic – mine always look as though they’ve been made by a child! Sound delicious too.

    July 18, 2016
    • Thanks so much, I actually tested a gluten free black and white recipe on food52 that was really good. They are such a great cookie. Can’t wait to make them again.

      July 20, 2016
  41. I have never heard of these, Suzanne. I enjoyed learning about them. They look like they would melt in your mouth. I love frosted cookies! Will have to tell my son that just moved to NY about these – or maybe he already knows about them now!

    July 18, 2016
    • If your son has visited deli’s in the city I am sure he has seen them. They are all over the place. Have to watch it though, have had them that were stale in some places. Thanks Shari, they are wonderful cookies.

      July 20, 2016
  42. I’ve never been to New York and NOT gotten a black and white cookie…they happen to be one of my favorite cookies. Thanks to you, I can now make them in my own kitchen! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    July 20, 2016
    • The recipe is really good Nancy, highly recommend you give it a go. Thanks so much.

      July 20, 2016
  43. Another recipe I’ve never heard of. They do sound delish. And I like your sub of the thinned creme fraiche as I can’t get decent buttermilk here – it’s the consistency of milk with lemon added to it. Still not baking. And it’s now too warm to bother! Hoping it ain’t too much of a scorcher where you are. ๐Ÿ™‚

    July 26, 2016
    • These cookies are terrific Johnny, it’s much too hot to bake here. I know you are experiencing some very hot weather as well. It’s miserable. Smart to stay away from the oven. Keep cool.

      July 26, 2016
  44. Looks so delicious!

    September 5, 2016

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