Zabar’s Black and White Cookies

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Jewish deli cookies. So. Damn. Good.

Black and Whites Ready To Eat

1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
1/2 lb unsalted butter, softened (2 sticks)
4 large eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
2 1/2 cups cake flour
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

  1. Preheat the oven to 375.
  2. Butter two baking sheets and set aside.
  3. To make the cookies: In a large mixing bowl, combine the sugar and butter.
  4. Mix with mixer or hand until fluffy.
  5. Add the eggs, milk, and vanilla and lemon extracts and mix until smooth.
  6. In a medium bowl, combine the flours, baking powder, and salt and stir until mixed.
  7. Add the dry ingredients to the wet in batches, stirring well to combine.
  8. Using a soup spoon or ice cream scoop, drop spoonfuls of the dough 2 inches apart onto the prepared baking sheets.
  9. Bake until the edges begin to brown, 20 to 30 minutes.
  10. Allow to cool completely.

Makes two dozen cookies.

4 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/3-1/2 cup boiling water
1 ounce bittersweet chocolate

  1. Place the confectioners’ sugar in a large bowl.
  2. Gradually add enough of the boiling water to the sugar, stirring constantly, until mixture is thick and spreadable.
  3. Remove half of the frosting to the top half of a double boiler set over simmering water and add the chocolate.
  4. Warm the mixture, stirring, until the chocolate is melted and the frosting is smooth.
  5. Remove from the heat.
  6. With a brush, coat half the cookie with chocolate frosting and the other half with white frosting.

The chocolate frosting was a little too thick, so I thinned it out with water, adding about a quarter teaspoon at a time while stirring.

Recipe from Recipe Zaar.


One Response to “Zabar’s Black and White Cookies”

    Randi on 1 May 28th, 2006 7:19 am

    I freaking love black and whites. I have yet to try my hand at baking them, I saw a mini version( martha recipe). That is on my to try list.