Black and White (and Brown) Cookies

Black and white cookiesBlack and white cookie recipeI LOVE classic Black and White cookies. In my mind it's a New York thing, probably mainly due to that Seinfeld episode and the first time I ever visited New York I had one for a treat. But you don't have to be in New York (or anywhere in particular) to enjoy these beautiful cookies—you can make them at home! I had so much fun baking and decorating my own cookies, and I decided to give them a little twist and add butterscotch to a few. 🙂Black and white cookies2For the cookies I used a recipe from Annie's Eats (love her blog!). Makes about one dozen.


Needed: 2 cups cake flour, 1/4 teaspoon baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup (1 stick) of butter, 3/4 cup sugar, 1 egg, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1/2 cup milk.
In a bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt; set aside. In your mixer cream together the softened butter and sugar for about 1 minute. Add in the egg and vanilla extract, mix until combined. Scrap down the sides of the bowl and add in half of the flour mixture. Mix, then add half of the milk. Continue until you have combined everything. Each cookie should be about 1/4 cup of batter each. Bake at 375 F for 18-20 minutes, until the edges are brown and the centers are just done.Black and white cookies3For the glazes you will need: 1/3 cup corn syrup, 1/2 cup water, 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar, 2-3 ounces chopped and melted dark chocolate, 2-3 ounces melted butterscotch chips.
In a pot combine the corn syrup and water over low/medium heat, stir as it cooks. Remove from and stir in 1 cup powdered sugar. Pour 2-3 tablespoons of this mixture into each of the bowls of chocolate and butterscotch, stir until well combined. If needed you can add a little more of the powdered sugar mixture if the chocolates are still too thick. Now add the remaining powdered sugar to the corn syrup/water mixture, one cup at a time, whisking to combine. Glaze your cookies and enjoy! xo. emma


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  • Never thought about switching up the chocolate.!

  • I’ll be trying this out this weekend!

  • =O Ive heard stories about the black and white glazed cookie (mainly from Seinfeld) I thought they were just an urban legend played on foolish Australians… I must try one!

  • Black and whites are so good! Where I live in New York (Rochester), they call them Halfmoons. Cute, huh?

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  • I love these cookies! I definitely want to give this a try! 🙂

  • I just made these! They are great!

    I love getting black and whites when I visit NYC.

  • Yum! My favorite cookies! Will need to do this for Le beau’s birthday coming up 😉

    Thanks for sharing!

    Cathy Trails

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  • I have yet to find black and white cookies in Seoul (Koreans haven’t caught up to the cookie craze, but are def on board with pastries!) so this is going to make the perfect I-miss-my-old-Astoria-Apt project!! Thanks for another smashing idea

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  • These cookies are sooo delicious! By the way in German they are called Americans 🙂

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  • yum yum yum. these are totally a new york thing. they have them at pretty much every bakery here. they are pretty much my favorite cookie.

  • These are the cutest looking cookies ever!
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  • I made these almost every day at the Jewish Bakery I ran in San Diego. We were the only place that I knew of that made them so we were always running low. Slightly different recipe, but so good! Never thought to use butterscotch though. Sounds fun. xo, Beca

  • Thanks for sharing the recipe! Black & white cookies are one of my major weaknesses whenever I go into a Deli here in NY! Now I can make my own!

  • Wow! Love the idea of making these with butterscotch chips! So smart! I love butterscotch.

  • Those cookies are both precious AND delicious sounding. An important combo. I must attempt!

  • i used to make cookies
    the normal ones with chocolate crips
    but now…
    i will do again!

  • black and white cookies are SO GOOD. I LOVE THEM but can’t seem to get them in Nashville! 🙁


  • Black & White are a staple of New York food! I never try those with butterscotch…tempting!

  • Yumm! I’ve never had one of these! Clearly need to remedy that immediately.

  • Totally thought of Seinfeld when I saw the post title in my blog feed!

  • never had one, they look delish! xo.

  • I watched that episode yesterday!! I saw those cookies and that’s what I thought of….gore tex


  • Those look so cute and delicious! XOXO,

  • i’ve never seen cookies like this! they look yummy though!

  • Looks tasty! I’m going to do them this weekend!

  • I will forever associate those cookies with the Seinfeld episode!



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  • I love black and white cookies! My dad was a baker and would bring them home for me and my sister! Never thought about switching up the chocolate. Will have have to give it a try!

  • Look to the cookie! I’ll be trying this out this weekend. Nearly towards the end of my annual Seinfeld re-watch so it’s apt! xo

  • Ooooh these look lovely and would totally hit the spot with my sweet tooth snacking =)

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  • Where I’m from in NY, we called them “Half Moon Cookies” and traditionally had a chocolate cookie with buttercream frostings. SO GOOD. Drives me up a wall when they are called black and whites. 😉

  • Oh I love black & white cookies!! I tried one for the first time at Zaro’s bakery in NYC and it was so good. I can’t wait to make a batch for myself! 🙂

  • Now I want a cookie! They look yummy!

  • I’ve never seen these before, they look kind of like a jazzy version of digestive biscuits. I like the look of the butterscotch variant.

  • Yum! I’ve been browsing through google reader for a yummy-looking recipe for a cake but these cookies look so tempting! I can’t resist, I’ll make them tomorrow 🙂

  • Did you know:
    Over here in Germany we call these cokkie “Amerikaner” (Americans). Funny, uh? 😉
    They look great, btw!

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