Black and White Cookies

Total Time:
50 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
35 min

Yield:
20 cookies, depending upon size
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • Cookies
  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 sticks butter, room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup boiling water
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted
Directions

Icing

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the cake flour, all-purpose flour and baking powder; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, 1 at a time. Then beat in the milk and vanilla. Gradually, beat the dry ingredients into the wet. Drop tablespoonfuls of the cookie batter onto parchment paper lined sheet pans, 2-inches apart. Bake for approximately 25 minutes until the edges of the cookies just begin to brown..

Meanwhile, make the icing. In a large mixing bowl, stir the boiling water into the confectioners' sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the mixture is spreadable but still thick. Transfer half of the icing to another mixing bowl and stir in the melted chocolate.

When the cookies are done let them cool completely. Spread half of the flat side (baked side down) of the cookies with white icing and the other half with the chocolate icing. Let the cookies dry and harden completely.


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    I haven't tried the recipe (which is why I'm giving it a neutral 3-star rating), but it sounds to me like the reviewers have never had a genuine New York black-and-white cookie. It's supposed to have a cake-like texture, like a firm sponge cake, or a whoopie pie. It's much softer than shortbread or a sugar cookie. The icing is supposed to harden into a crisp, shiny, and very sweet shell. It's a thick glaze, not a creamy frosting. The recipe doesn't specify the size, but they're supposed to be big, about 5 inches wide. And to the reviewer who used chocolate chips in the icing: the recipe calls for bittersweet chocolate. Semi-sweet chocolate has more sugar than bittersweet, which would make the icing even sweeter that it's supposed to be.
    I am afraid I agree with these reviews. I too thought since it was Paula Deen, the recipe would be fabulous. The worst part is the frosting, I will do that in a different way after this. Just powdered sugar and water, not good. And the chocolate side is not dark as it should be. Is there such a thing as a black food coloring? It was an awful waste of money, all the ingredients down the disposal afterwards. I admit, I did not realize that Black and White cookies should authentically be cake-like, and these are cake-like. I thought they were more like a shortbread cut-out cookie. But I will not make these again. I am a good baker, and I just didn't like these. Wonder what a New Yorker thinks of them? Jerry Seinfeld, where are you?
    This was the absolute worst cookie I've ever made in my adult baking life!!! I should have read the review first but thought "Hey its Paula Dean" its got to be good. Not even close!! This cookies turned out like a biscuit I didn't even frost them all because I was so fed up with it. The icing was awful! Never will I just add water to confection sugar. That is the worst taste in the world. Word to the wise....SKIP THIS RECIPE
    tasty maybe,however we never got as far as to frost them. I was so discouraged. They looked like lumpy biscuits. they never flatted down. I thought the dough was too gooey but proceeded anyway. I was certain I had messed up that I made a second batch with same results. All zillion cookies in garbage. what a waste. Sorry but true
    These spread so thin. I always do a test cookie especially when trying a new recipe. I added an extra 1-1/2 cups of flour. I'm not even to tasting them yet and I won't make them again! :0(
    The cookie recipe is very similar to Martha Stewat's recipe it is just missing corn syrup in the frosting and lemon extract in the cookie batter. Paula probably used salted butter, thats why she did not add salt to the cookie batter. Just use Martha Stwrts recipe. LOL
    These might be good but salt is not included in the ingredients. I think that is why they taste so bad.
    These are Very Much like ones purchased. Those had a Chocolate Batter and added 'clear' Karo syrup in frosting to make them shiny. This is terrific regardless. Perfect for Two,just cut recipe in half. Make all the Icing.Put on other Sweets!So delishish, Big Cookies to break in centre and 'dunk' if you please!
    I have read several comments and its amazing how quick people are to blame the recipe. I found these cookies easy to make and a new favorite request among friends.
    Don't try these....
    This cookie is getting bad reviews and I don't know why. I tried it for the first time and took it to a retirement party. It was a hit. The star of all the cookies because it's so pretty. It's a simple cookie something that would be excellent with coffee. Suggestion: If the frosting starts to harden up on you before you can finish frosting, simply microwave it for 10-15 seconds. Thank you Paula have been looking for a good black and white cookie recipe for years. :)
    These things were overly puffy, tasteless, misshapen messes. The icing tasted like nothing but "sweet"... and I wasted perfectly good chocolate chips I could have used for some other cookies. I think your best bet is to look up a sugar cookie recipe and create a different black and white icing. I usually love Paula's recipes, but this one was not worth cleaning the dishes for.
    These things were puffy, misshapen messes. the frosting just tasted like powdered sugar and water... even the chocolate side! The cookies had no real flavor either. It may be better to look up a sugar cookie recipe and cover those with another version of black and white icing. I usually LOVE Paula's desserts, but this was not her best work...
    Have tried several of Paula's recipes and had trouble with them all. Love to watch her but her recipes just don't seem to work out well. This one cookies never spread out and you can't add water to chocolate it ceases up. Thinned the chocolate with a little butter instead.
     Cookies on the dry side also.
    ok,
     i've tried several of the recipes paula uses on her show,
     and none of them have turned out any good.
     i kno its not me, its most definatly the recipe.
    This cookies are delicious. I made mine much smaller than Paula did on the show, using my standard cookie scoop, and baked them for 13 minutes and they were perfect. By the end, the batter was a little flat and maybe next time I'll make two half batches but still very moist and not overly sweet. The chocolate icing could have a little more chocolate flavor, but on the whole an awesome cookie! I will make these many more times.
    These looked delicious on television but didn't quite turn out for me. They're very cake-like and a bit dry. I also had trouble with the chocolate frosting. It makes more sense to dip the cookies in just melted chocolate rather than combine with the sugar mixture and cause the chocolate to clump and become hard to spread. I also found the white frosting very drippy.
    I found the cookies dry. I tried to cook them less but the next day they were still dry. Icing was hard to work with but I just added a little more sugar.
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