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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

it don't matter if you're black or white

along with about a hundred others, i've had smitten kitchen's recipe for black and white cookies bookmarked for quite a while. i'd tried these for the first time last year during our trip to NYC and loved them. a lot. and when i realized that we didn't have any cookies in the house, i decided it was time to give it a try.

noting that the recipe yielded 60 freaking cookies, i cut it in half. butter and sugar, creamed together:

i'd not even known that such a thing as lemon extract existed. i always figured you could use lemon juice or zest. and this shit ain't cheap - $6 for this tiny little bottle. ack.

since i'd splurged on the extract, i bypassed the cake flour and searched online for substitutes using all-purpose instead. and i found that if you take some out and replace it with cornstarch, it works just fine:

as i continued mixing up the batter, i was a little alarmed at how goopy it was.

but once i added the dry ingredients, it firmed up nicely.

i dropped big ol' dollops onto my baking sheets and stuck the pan into the oven. again, i fired up the little convection oven vs. the big one that would heat up the entire house. it took longer, because i had to do smaller batches, but it wasn't awful. and i'd rather keep the house cooler and work a little longer than, well, the opposite.

look how pretty the cookies turned out! slightly puffy, with a cake-y texture and a perfect little hint of lemon flavor.

the frosting goes on the flat side of the cookies, so i flipped them all over.

the base icing contains two ingredients: powdered sugar and water. i mixed it up quickly and frosted the first half:

then, per the instructions, i added a little corn syrup and a bar and a half of unsweetened chocolate. as it melted, i was a little worried about the grainy consistency.

but all i had to do was add a little more hot water, give it a stir, and that gave it a lovely, smooth, glossy finish.

look at this pretty cookie!

and i gotta say, they taste as wonderful as they look. i'm sort of glad i cut the recipe in half, and sort of not - they're so yummy, but i can't stop eating them. heh. and they were a hit with the teen and the hub, too.

i think i need another one. right now.


  1. I like your step by step pictures.
    I also like your cookies - yum!

  2. Yum, these look great! I love black and white cookies!!

  3. i have more cake flour than i know what to do with. maybe i'll bake a cake.

    those look so good. i used to treat myself all the time as they had reached upstate ny, too.

  4. mmm. those look yummy! I have some cake flour in my pantry, I might just have to try this recipe now. Thanks for the step by step pics!

  5. These look mouthwatering good. Seriously, I'm salivating right now.

  6. Your family is sooooo lucky to have you! Having all these wonderful homemade treats and meals. My gosh, can you adopt me? LOL

    The cookies look so good! I may have to try this someday.

  7. I've never been a big fan of black-and-whites, but yours look beautiful.

  8. OMG these look soooo good. I am super tempted to make them but have no way of getting to the grocery store other than walking in the heat.

  9. It probably doesn't surprise you that I've never even heard of black and white cookies. I thought your post was going to be a delayed Ode to MJ. =/

  10. i loooooooooooove black & white cookies! thank you for this post. i will be trying these very, very...very soon.

  11. I have had these bookmarked for awhile -- but you make me feel like I could do it - thanks for your step by step.


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