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Jan 29, 2007 08:29 AM

Black and White Cookie

Had given up on Black and Whites for awhile as they all seemed subpar - too dry, flavorless icing, etc. On a whim I bought one from The Cake Chef on Staten Island and boy oh boy am I glad I did. Light, rich and moist cake, lightly perfumed with vanilla. Soft, choclately icing one one side and creamy vanilla on the other. You could taste how fresh it was - no chance this cookie had been sitting out for days like so many others out there.

My faith in the Black and White is renewed - long live the Cake Chef! If you still have room, go for a peanut butter brownie bite.

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  1. I've lived in NYC since 1965 and had my very first Black & White cookie only a week ago - from a Newark Airport concession stand. I'd seen them, of course, but just never given one a try. Surprise: I loved it! Soft, cake-like, wonderful chocolate and vanilla icings. Now that I know what they are, I'm going to be sampling them all over town. Why didn't anyone ever tell me about this? Think of all the Black & Whites I could have eaten in the past 42 years!

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    1. re: Deenso

      I'm with you on this. I had my first one from the deli next to my office the other day, and I'm sure it was a very mediocre version, and now I'm dying to try the real thing! The mediocre version was a pretty good fix for my afternoon sweet attack.

    2. Buying black/whites for Valentine gift for a big fan of these. Thought of trying William Greenberg - anyone have anything to say about thier version?
      I am a major fan also but I prefer the crisp, not cake like, base. The only place I know to get them is LaDelice @ 27th and third. They are not consistent. This was the type I ate as a child.

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      1. re: serious

        Since the lamentable demise of Lichtman's UWS bakery many years ago, Greenberg's B&W has been our favorite. However, it's a cakey cookie (say that 5 times fast!), which IMHO is the traditional base for a B&W.

      2. You got me all psyched up for these cookies, so I called to have some shipped for Vday for my husband & kids. They don't ship. :( We're supposed to be heading up for a NY trip in May. I hope we have time to stop by and pick some up! Thanks for the information.

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        1. re: luv2bake

          According to the Greenberg website, they ship if that is the bakery you refer to. The cost of shipping is very high though. Here's the link

          1. re: jfood

            No, I was referring to the Cake Chef that the OP was talking about. But I might have to try Greenberg!

        2. Greenberg's is my favorite...especially since Jon Vie closed.

          1. Believe it or not, Costco sells a "bucket" of mini black and whites that taste great. Not sure the brand. Also, I made them at home from a recipe published in Gourmet. I believe it is still available on Epicurious. They came out great and it was fun to play with the proportion of black to white. We like a little more white!...vanilla is our favorite.