Black and White Cookies (Secret Recipe Club)

     It’s time for another month of The Secret Recipe Club and this month I was lucky to get The Wednesday Baker, a blog I am very familiar with.  While she has amazing recipes for main courses, side dishes, and appetizers, her desserts are what always amaze me.  From the apple upside-down cake to her chocolate chip cookie dough cupcakes to her adorable mini ice cream cookie cups, the desserts on her blog all look delicious.
     After spending numerous days browsing her blog, I decided on the classic New York Black and White cookie.  I’ve had many black and white cookies over the year and think they are the perfect combination of vanilla, chocolate, and cookie.  I believe the black and white cookie became even more popular when it was on a Seinfeld episode.  Yet, I’ve never made this tasty cookie in my own kitchen.

     I was surprised by how simple these were to make.  There is a minimal amount of ingredients and both the chocolate and vanilla icings are made from one recipe.  The cookies were soft and chewy.  I had some trouble with the white icing not getting hard.  I think I would skip the corn syrup next time.  They were good cookies, but I think next time I’ll make them a little crispy on the edges.

Black and White Cookies (adapted from The Wednesday Baker)
1 1/2 c. flour
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1/3 c. low fat milk
1/2 t. vanilla
1/3 c. softened butter
1/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. brown sugar
1 egg

For the icing:
1 1/2 c. powdered sugar

1 T. light corn syrup
1 t. lemon juice
1 t. vanilla
1 T. water
1/4 c. cocoa powder
1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 

2.  In a mixing bowl combine the flour, baking soda, and salt.  Mix well and set aside.

3.  In another mixing bowl combine the sugars with the butter.  After mixing add in the egg and stir well.  Pour the milk and vanilla into a measuring cup.

4.  Add half of the flour mixture and half of the milk to the sugar mixture and mix well.  Add in the remaining sugar and milk and stir until well combined. 

5.  Drop by heaping tablespoon onto a cookie sheet leaving 2 inches between each cookie.  Bake for 12-17 minutes then cool on a wire rack.

6.  In a bowl combine powdered sugar, corn syrup, lemon juice, vanilla, and water.  Mix well and pour half of the mixture into a zip top bag.  To the other half add the cocoa powder and an addition tablespoon of water.  Place the mixture in another zip top bag.

7.  To decorate, pipe the white icing on half of the cookie and chocolate icing onto the other half.  Allow the icing to harden. 
Makes 1 dozen cookies
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  1. Mmm, one of my alltime favorite cookies! They look fantastic!

  2. Oh my goodness. I LOVE black and white cookies. Thanks so much for posting. I made P.F. Chang’s Lettuce Wraps for Secret Recipe Club.

  3. These look yummy, I think I would enjoy these even without the frosting!

  4. Yum! These look great!

  5. I can say hello now! great blog, I’ve been stalking you all month :)

  6. Yummiola! It’s been a really long time since I’ve had a black and white…. ah, the memories! Great SRC Pic! I hope you’ll stop by and see my SRC post.


  7. Yum! They look great!

  8. Hi Heather,
    What a great cookie, the best of both flavors! Thanks for sharing and it is fun cooking with you in the SRC!
    Miz Helen
    Southwest Corn and Potato Soup

  9. what a great cookies recipe….. hugs, Flavia

  10. I have never had the privlidge of trying black and white cookies, but they sound delicious! I can imagine they are best home made :)!

  11. Shoot me now, but I have never even had this kind of cookie before! :-(

    Thanks for being a part of GROUP B: come by and see my frozen breakfast burritos from today’s SRC Post.

  12. I’m so glad I’m not the only one who hasn’t tried black and white cookies before, otherwise I’d feel most abnormal. After looking at yours, though, I wonder why I haven’t because they look so lovely and delicious! Thanks for visiting my SRC post, it’s lovely to be in the same group as you ;-).

  13. I always thought they were harder to make than this, so I haven’t tried them. What a great SRC post!

  14. Do hope you enjoyed them. I am a cookie lover, so had to try them. Having never made them before. I like the looks of them….Thanks, Andi

  15. B&Ws have always been a favorite from when I was a child. Great looking and I should give making them a try.

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my group “A” SRC recipe this month: Levain Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  16. Yum! Looks great! Fun to participate in SRC with you!

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