By Chef Hayley on August 07, 2006
Photo by Chef #1801104466
Photo by Chef #1801104466
"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."
Serving Size: 1 (119 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 6
"These cookies are easier to make than they look. I recommend making 1.5 times the icing recipe or even doubling it. I really had to scrape the icing bowl in order to have enough icing to cover all of the cookies. Also, there wasn't enough white icing for me to apply a thick enough layer so that the golden brown cookie under the frosting did not show through.
I recommend using a clear vanilla extract in order to keep the white frosting a pristine white color.
Good cookie and I'll make them again."
"This recipe is FABULOUS! I live in New York and work in Manhattan and these cookies came out EXACTLY how we eat them in bakeries here. I did substitute 1/2 the amount of lemon juice for water. I also needed much more water than the recipe called for to make the icing smooth. But, I will absolutely make these again!"
"I used this recipe for the cookie. They came out great. I used my ice cream scoop to keep the cookie neat and consistant. I could have pressed the tops down a bit, they came out a little domed shaped."
"Oh MAN, these are good! I have never had black and white cookies in New York City, but the ones I had in my kitchen were awesome! I got 10 - 2 1/2 inch (in diameter) cookies from this recipe. The cookie part of this recipe was perfect - bake time and temperature-wise (even at my CO Springs high altitude). I don't know if it mattered or not, but I "swirled" the spoon around the tops of the dough on the parchment-lined cookie sheet before I baked them, just to make them more round-looking. I did change the icing a bit, however (thus, the 4-star rating). I did: 1 Tablespoon light corn syrup, 1/4 cup water, 1 1/3 cups powdered sugar, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla, and 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice. I microwaved the corn syrup with the water for about 15-20 seconds, whisked the powdered sugar in, and whisked everything else in (adding 1/4 c. cocoa for the chocolate icing). The icing was the consistency of thick glue, and it worked lovely. Thanks so much for posting this recipe, these cookies would be great for a party or a gift. Aside from maybe trying to make the cookies smaller and decreasing the baking time to accommodate, I will DEFINITELY make these again!"
"These were to die for! I made about 150 of these babies and they were a huge hit! I used Droste Dutch cocoa for the icing! Thanks so much for the recipe! I could tell from the rave reviews I will be asked to make them again and again!"
"My boyfriend is from Staten Island and he is always craving Black and Whites. I figured I'd try it out for him. He says these are just like the ones from back home. I don't do the lemon in the icing. It's personal preference. Easy and yummy."
"The cookie recipe was fantastic, although I want to try next time with cake flour to take out some of the heaviness. The flavor can't be beat though. However, I was not a fan of the icing. Icing is difficult for me to make in the first place (I don't know why - I should watch videos), so the texture came out crumbly. I finally added water and got a better consistency, but the flavor was not that great. I did use confectioner's rather than icing sugar if that makes a difference. I will keep trying, but with different icing recipes."
"These were awesome!! It was not a very difficult recipe to prepare. The only thing I would recommend is to prepare more white frosting than the recipe calls for. I didn't have enough and had to make a 2nd batch. these came out perfect!! I will definitely make these again."
"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."
"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"
"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!"
"These cookies are PERFECT!!! and easy."
"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!"
"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!!!"
"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."
"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."
"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)."
"These were amazing - totally authentic. They looked really impressive, and received rave reviews from everyone. They were the one dessert out of many that was gone by the end of the evening. I needed to use quite a bit more water than the recipe called for to make the icing the right consistency, and then I had to make a half batch more of icing to cover all the cookies. Even so, this is easily a five star recipe."
"I found this same recipe at epicurious.com. The result is really impressive. I made it for company and everybody loved these cookies. I also made them in a heart-shaped mold."