28 Reviews

These cookies reminded my son of our New York eating ventures. I made 8 cookies and weighed each to be 57 g and they were all uniform in size. I doubled the icing recipe but it was a bit too much. Next time I would 1.5 the icing and only add clear vanilla to the white icing portion. Baking on the middle rack is critical so the bottoms don't get too dark. The first cookie was tricky to ice but I learnt to ice half, let it set, and ice the other half. These were great cookies and made our keeper list.

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Fabat40 1 March 18, 2013

FABULOUS these are the best cookies. They came out as good as I remember them being as a kid living in Brooklyn, New York I did have to add additional water for the icing but other than that, followed the recipe. Cannot wait to make a serve them again.. Very easy and very delicious

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myrafrezer January 14, 2013

let me start by saying that some of the sweetest childhood memories i have (growing up in ny of course) are going to the bakery and being given big black and whites for free because the jolly bakery guy thought i was cute! this is my absolute favorite cookie in the world so i thought why not try to make my own! i followed the recipe exactly and while it did take a very long time to place the icing on each one (i tripled the recipe) it was waaaay worth it!!! these were hands down the softest, sweetest black and whites i have every had in my life- and thats many years of eating these cookies! i can not wait to make them for others...they really put a smile on my face- i had 3 in one shot! not to good for the ole belly but who cares- these are heavenly! thank you!

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Elana in New York May 06, 2012

These cookies are PERFECT!!! and easy.

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kellygirl30211 August 11, 2010

AWESOME! I did take the advice of others and replace half the lemon juice with water, and it definitely did take way more water than indicated. Outside that, it was perfect! Now I can make my OWN Black and Whites instead of looking for a bakery that knows how!

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Ricearoni161 May 09, 2010

Everyone LOVED these cookies! I thought it would be idfficult to spred the second frosting on after doing the first, but it pretty easy. This is a little time consuming, but oh-so worth it!!!

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JoleneC January 04, 2010

Great and simple recipe. I decreased the lemon juice to 1 teaspoon and added about 2 tablespoons of water to make the icing easier to spread. I ended up with 8 cookies and enough icing to decorate them all.

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ladydisdain January 16, 2009

My daughter requested black and whites for her birthday. They came out great. I did not make any changes.I will be making them again.

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Daisy58 January 10, 2009

These are well worth the extra effort if you are looking for a crowd pleasing cookie!! I remember "half-moon" cookies when I was a kid (nothing like the ones I've tried in stores recently) and these seem to be authentic. I made three batches for a Halloween party and did orange/white frosting instead of black & white. If you plan on being liberal with icing, go ahead and double that portion of the recipe because I ran out (but I also made my cookies a bit smaller too).

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momof2leos November 01, 2008
New York City Black and White Cookies