Friday, September 30, 2011

Black & White Cookies

Pre heat oven to 350〫F
The first experience I ever had with a black and white cookie was on the 90's classic Tv-show, Seinfeld. On one of the episodes, Jerry and Elaine stop by a bakery to pick up a chocolate babka cake, for a dinner party(btw cinnamon really is better). Jerry buys a black and white cookie, and describes the art of eating one. "you want to get some chocolate and some vanilla in every bite". He kept telling Elaine to "look to the cookie", which if you've ever seen the show, you'll know it became a classic line.
stir together: flour, salt, and baking soda. Set aside. 
      It was not until a few years ago, that I was finally able to try a black and white cookie. It was well worth the wait! I spotted one, while I was in New York (They are an iconic NY cookie) at a gourmet deli. I was instantly reminded of the Seinfeld episode, and knew I had to try one. The cookie had more of the consistency of a whoopee pie, rather than a cookie. The airy and cakey texture, paired perfectly with the dual glazed icings. It was not an overly sweet cookie, which I found surprising, given the amount of frosting it had.
Whisk Vanilla and buttermilk together in a cup or small bowl. Set aside

       Black and Whites are rarely seen outside of New York. Why is that, exactly? They originated there in Utica, supposedly by the famous Hemstrought's Bakery. Although they recently closed their doors, their cookies can still be found in some New York grocery stores.
 Beat sugar and butter in mixer for 2 minutes, then add egg.

        Personally, I believe they are an underrated cookie that deserves much more attention. Of course they have become classic New York cuisine, but I think they should found in other places than New York. The black & white is such an inviting cookie with such classic flavors, it's surprising they have really taken off yet.
Alternate flour mixture and Buttermilk mixture. Mix well.

         For those of you who do not live in NY, try this amazing recipe. If baked correctly, you will see what all the fuss is about. Frosting them, is the hardest part of making these cookies. Don't worry if they don't look perfect, because they are not supposed to! Have fun!!
Drop spoonfuls onto a grease cookie sheet, or a whoopee pie pan (like I used). 

Bake for 6-8 minutes. Set Cookies on cooling rack, and cool completely. 
  • 1 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup well-shaken buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg

  • For icings
    Combine sugar, corn syrup, lemon juice and vanilla. Divide in half (in another bowl) and add cocoa powder
  • 2 3/4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • Special equipment: a small offset spatula
  • Frost half of each cookie with the vanilla icing.

    Frost other half of the cookies with Chocolate frosting. 


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