1/8 Photos of New York City Black and White Cookies
Chef Hayley's Note:
Look to the cookie. These cake-style cookies are a staple in New York City. Growing up we used to buy these all the time and you can still get them in every bake-shop in the city. They were made famous to the rest of the world by an episode of Seinfeld entitled "The Dinner Party". They are more like small cakes than crunchy or chewy cookies, and should be roughly the size of the palm of your hand, if not, bigger. These are great for taking to a potluck, or if you've got a wayward New Yorker around.
My Private Note
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- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
For Black or White icing
- 1Preheat oven to 350°F.
- 2Sift together flour, baking soda and salt in medium bowl.
- 3In small bowl or cup, mix together buttermilk and vanilla.
- 4Beat butter and white sugar together in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer for about 3 minutes or until it's evenly distributed.
- 5Add egg to butter and sugar mixture, and beat until blended.
- 6Gradually beat in flour mixture one cup at a time, and add in buttermilk mixture between each cup of flour, and mix until smooth. It will be necessary to scrape down the sides of the bowl while mixing.
- 7Spoon batter in 1/4 cup size servings onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- 8Bake on middle rack for about 15-17 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown and spring back when touched.
- 9Place on a cooling rack, and allow to cool completely before icing.
- 10Stir together icing sugar, corn syrup, lemon juice, vanilla, and 1/2 Tbsp of water in bowl until smooth.
- 11Place half of mixture into separate bowl and add cocoa powder, and remaining water bit by bit until it is the same consistency as the white icing. If the icing is too runny, add more icing sugar until it is smooth and spreadable.
- 12Turn cooled cookies flat side up, and spread icing with pastry spatula, or butter knife. White over one half, chocolate over the other. The icing does not set solid on these cookies, and does not harden, but it dries enough to be wrapped as they are sold in the city. They can be wrapped individually in cellophane, or sealed in a plastic container.
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Nutritional Facts for New York City Black and White Cookies
Serving Size: 1 (119 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 6
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 402.6
- Calories from Fat 106
- Total Fat 11.8 g
- Saturated Fat 7.1 g
- Cholesterol 58.6 mg
- Sodium 328.4 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 71.8 g
- Dietary Fiber 1.9 g
- Sugars 47.7 g
- Protein 5.0 g