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Black and White Cookies – you can make a New York City classic at home.

These are a northern specialty cookie where half of the cookie is frosted in chocolate frosting, and the other half is frosted in vanilla frosting.

Black and White Cookies

Black and White Cookies

Thanks to Karen Ann for sharing this recipe.

Black and White Cookies

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  • Recipe Type: Cookie Recipes, Reader's Recipes, Dessert Recipes
  • Prep time:30 minutes
  • Cook time:30 minutes
  • Serves: 10
Black and White Cookies

You can make black and white cookies just like they do in New York City.


  • Cookies:
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 pound butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Frosting:
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 ounce bittersweet chocolate


In a large mixing bowl combine the sugar and butter until fluffy. Add eggs, milk, vanilla and lemon extract and mix until smooth. In a medium bowl, combine flours, baking powder and salt.

Add dry ingredients to the wet in batches, stirring well. Drop soup spoonfuls of dough 2" apart on buttered baking sheets. Bake at 375* until edges begin to brown, 20-30 minutes. Let cool completely.

Put confections' sugar in a bowl. Stir in enough water to make the mixture thick and spreadable. Remove half the frosting to the top of a double boiler over simmering water. Add chocolate and warm the mixture until chocolate is melted and the frosting is smooth. Remove from heat. With brush, coat half the cookie with chocolate frosting and the other half with white frosting.

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