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  • BLACK AND WHITE COOKIES by JulesinBA

    JulesinBA
    Posted August 25, 2005 01:25 PM

    I saw these all over New York City when my husband and I visited recently. I have never seen them in the Midwest, where we live. We loved them so much! If I am short on time, I just use canned frosting and frost one half with vanilla and the other with chocolate.

    BLACK AND WHITE COOKIES

    For cookies
    1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/3 cup well-shaken buttermilk
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla
    1/3 cup (5 1/3 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
    1/2 cup granulated sugar
    1 large egg

    For icings
    1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
    1 tablespoon light corn syrup
    2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
    1/4 teaspoon vanilla
    1 to 2 tablespoons water
    1/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
    Make cookies:
    Preheat oven to 350F.

    Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Stir together buttermilk and vanilla in a cup.

    Beat together butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes, then add egg, beating until combined well. Mix in flour mixture and buttermilk mixture alternately in batches at low speed (scraping down side of bowl occasionally), beginning and ending with flour mixture. Mix until smooth.

    Spoon 1/4 cups of batter about 2 inches apart onto a buttered large baking sheet. Bake in middle of oven until tops are puffed and pale golden, and cookies spring back when touched, 15 to 17 minutes. Transfer with a metal spatula to a rack and chill (to cool quickly), about 5 minutes.

    Make icings while cookies chill:
    Stir together confectioners sugar, corn syrup, lemon juice, vanilla, and 1 tablespoon water in a small bowl until smooth. Transfer half of icing to another bowl and stir in cocoa, adding more water, 1/2 teaspoon at a time, to thin to same consistency as white icing.

    Ice cookies:
    Turn cookies flat sides up, then spread white icing over half of each and chocolate over other half.
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