Black and White Cookies*

While every one else is preparing for summer with salads and vegetables and all that ass friendly crap, I am here to tell you that it’s too late. Summer is already here. Today I tried going for a walk with the dog and I didn’t even make it two miles. I have used the saying “Sweating like a whore in church” many times before…but that doesn’t even begin to cut it. Maybe sweating like Lindsay Lohan in jail might be closer, but still no where close. Every year Summer rolls around and I am convinced it is way hotter than it was last year, but I checked and it was only 98 today.

So I have decided that the only way to pass time this summer will be baking indoors with my lovely air conditioner, tanning IN the pool, and at the movies. Also my days of walking the trails are over, I am going to have to start driving myself 15 minutes to the gym so I can use the treadmill inside….because I am pretty sure a heat stroke is imminent in this Florida heat.

For the start of my baking kick off, I wanted to make Black & White Cookies. They are a very traditional cookie and I see them a lot in bakeries, but I have never actually had one. It is pain to get the lines straight on the icing, but I found that if you do a solid layer of white and then the black it is much easier. These were great and easily divided down to just make a few cookies.


Black & White Cookies

Yield: 24 cookies

Recipe Note: I actually found it much easier to do a full layer of white icing (allowing it to dry) and then putting the half layer of black. It lead to nicer lines!


2 cups cake flour
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 3/4 cups sugar
3 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup milk

3 ounces bittersweet or unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup water
3 tablespoons honey
5 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla


To make the cookies: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheet(s) with parchment paper; set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

In a large bowl, or the bowl of a standing mixer, beat the butter until creamy. Gradually beat in the sugar until well combined and light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time (scraping the bowl between additions, as needed), until fully incorporated. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture and mix until just combined, followed by half of the milk, mixing until just combined. Repeat with the remaining flour and milk, ending with the final 1/3 of the flour mixture. Stir in vanilla and almond extracts until combined, being careful not to overmix.

Drop the batter by 1/4 cupfuls onto the prepared baking sheet(s), leaving 2 inches between the cookies. Bake until centers are firm and edges just begin to brown, 15-18 minutes. Cool the cookies for 2 minutes on the sheet before transferring to a wire cooling rack. Allow to cool completely before icing. Once the cookies are completely cooled, flip them over.

To make the icing: Melt the chocolate in a small bowl and set aside.

In a small saucepan set over medium high heat, bring the water and honey to a boil. Remove from heat and add half of the mixture into the sugar. Whisk until fully incorporated and smooth, adding more of the honey mixture, 1 teaspoon at a time, as needed. Stir in the vanilla extract. Add extra liquid very slowly to be sure that the icing doesn’t get runny.

Fill a decorating bag with a small amount of icing and snip off the end. Draw a straight line directly across the center of the bottom of each cookie. Return any extra icing to the bowl. Using a small offset spatula, spread vanilla icing over half of each cookie, filling it in up to the line.

Once all of the cookie have vanilla icing, stir the melted chocolate into the remaining vanilla icing. If needed, stir in any remaining honey mixture, 1 teaspoon at a time, until the desired consistency is reached.

Again using a small offset spatula, fill in the other half of the cookie with chocolate icing.

Recipe very slightly adapted from My Baking Dom

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20 Responses to “Black and White Cookies”

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    DessertForTwo — May 31, 2011 @ 10:37 pm

    I absolutely love these cookies! And I love the tip about coating them with an entire white layer before attempting half of the chocolate layer :)

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    ErinsFoodFiles — May 31, 2011 @ 10:57 pm

    Despite 3 trips to NYC, I’ve only ever had a Black & White Cookie at a New York style deli located in Nashville, called Noshville. Haha… It’s supposed to be authentic though.

    Your cookies look great!

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    Paula — May 31, 2011 @ 11:05 pm

    What a elegant little cookie! Great dipping tip as well. Hope you enjoyed your tanning in the pool!

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    Tina (My Life as a Mrs) — May 31, 2011 @ 11:23 pm

    oh my word! these look SO good. I LOVE black and white cookies – need to make these ASAP! :)

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    Nelly Rodriguez — May 31, 2011 @ 11:38 pm

    Yum, looks delicious! Love the tip of doing it all white and THEN doing the black! Thanks!

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    Maris (In Good Taste) — June 1, 2011 @ 4:11 am

    What a fabulous replica-actually they look even better then the original!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — June 1, 2011 @ 8:24 am

    Fresh black and white cookies are just so good! And you are right, summer is here, enjoy the dessert and forget about the bathing suit diets:-)

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    shelly (cookies and cups) — June 1, 2011 @ 8:50 am

    I have always wanted to make b&w cookies!!

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    Erin — June 1, 2011 @ 10:03 am

    ONLY 98? I live in Memphis and 98 still does not qualify as “only”. Then again I grew up in upstate NY – I am not made to endure this heat.

    I’ve been meaning to make B&W cookies for months now. Maybe this will be the kick in the pants I needed :-)

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    Paula at Dishing The Divine — June 1, 2011 @ 12:53 pm

    I tried to make black and white striped cookies for the umps of our kickball league. It was, um, disastrous. :) Let’s just leave it at that. I do love the idea of making the whole thing white first. That may have helped… :)

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    Kulsum at JourneyKitchen — June 1, 2011 @ 2:18 pm

    Oh lady come to Kuwait and you will really know what Summer is 😀 You can’t in think of being out in the sun unless you were willing to be grilled! Its already hit 49 C here and its not even peak summer. By the way I love black and white cookies and I have been wanting to make them forever at home. Never have,Now I WILL!

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    Cookbook Queen — June 1, 2011 @ 2:26 pm

    So pretty!! I looooove black and white cookies and can’t wait to try these!! :)

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    Lesley — June 1, 2011 @ 2:26 pm

    Okay, I need to know–do they taste just like the ones from the delis in NYC? The right answer is “no,” by the way, so I won’t try to make them. :)

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    Jennifer — June 1, 2011 @ 3:28 pm

    You seem to know the recipes I am in need of at the particular moment I need them! For my mother’s birthday I made the yummy Churro Cupcakes and they were a HUGE hit. My father LOVES black and white cookies. He is from NY and always wants a “real” black and white cookie! I am going to make these for him for Father’s Day!!

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    Kelly — June 1, 2011 @ 3:32 pm

    Oh I love B&W cookies! (even if they were bad news on Seinfeld) We have this great NYC style deli/diner in town that sells them. Never occurred to me to make them myself. Your pictures are making me drool a little.

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    Joanne — June 1, 2011 @ 5:59 pm

    These cookies are NYC staples and are some of my favorites! I’ve done a red velvet version before, but I think I need to go classic for my next batch.

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    Leah | So, How's It Taste? — June 1, 2011 @ 6:32 pm

    I am so with you! Summer’s here, I look like crap in a bathing suit, so give me a cookie! I’ve had these on my list to make for a long time. They are just so classic and yummy. Thanks for sharing!

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    Happy When Not Hungry — June 1, 2011 @ 7:13 pm

    These look beautiful!!! Nice work :-)

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    kokocooks — June 6, 2011 @ 10:42 pm

    I tend to jog either early in the morning, or later in the evening. The heat isn’t so bad then.

    Great job on the cookies! I could never get such straight lines.

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