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Black and White Cookies?

SprayBottle Apr 2, 2007 03:28 PM

I must admit that I loved the black and white cookies when starbucks use to offer them, but they haven't lately, so I get the feeling like they have discontinued selling them. Is there any place in the DC area that sells black and white cookies? I've been having a hard time tracking a place down. Thanks!

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    wombat RE: SprayBottle Apr 2, 2007 06:17 PM

    Hmm, I am not sure I know how to put a link in but... here's some places discussed about a year ago. I saw them again lately at the deli in Tenleytown that I mention in this thread.


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      Indy 67 RE: SprayBottle Apr 2, 2007 07:33 PM

      The Balducci's in McLean sells black and white cookies at their sandwich counter. The king-sized cookie is sold individually and medium-sized cookies are sold in pairs. I'm not not fan of these cookies. The texture of the cookie bothers me; it's more like a cake than a crisp cookie. I don't know if they start out crisp but become get soft and cake-like because of the plastic wrap or whether that's the desired texture. All I know is that this version doesn't match my childhood memory of deli versions.

      In NYC, these cookies are a staple at delis, so you might want to check DC-area delis.

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        mattm RE: Indy 67 Apr 2, 2007 09:02 PM

        Black and white (half-moon) cookies are supposed to have a cakelike texture.

        I've neither found nor been able to recreate half moons approaching the ones I remember from upstate NY. But it's been awhile since I really tried to do either.

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          Elyssa RE: mattm Apr 3, 2007 08:26 AM

          YES! The ones in Upstate were AMAZING. I went to school up there. The best cake I've ever had was a bday cake my best friend's Mom would send every year from the Waterville/Utica area. It was a giant Half Moon cake and soooo delicious.

      2. MsDiPesto RE: SprayBottle Apr 2, 2007 09:04 PM

        I've always seem them at Wegmans in Fairfax. And they are from an upstate NY bakery.

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          Chownut RE: SprayBottle Apr 3, 2007 04:03 AM

          Shopper's Food Warehouse!

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            Elyssa RE: SprayBottle Apr 3, 2007 08:25 AM

            I know they have them at Dean and Deluca in Georgetown. They also def have them at the Jewish deli in Tenleytown...some one help me out with the name???

            I love black and white cookies but I grew up calling them half moons. Not sure if this was a Boston thing, a Chicago thing (where my Mom is from), or just some weird thing with my family.

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              gooseterp RE: Elyssa Apr 3, 2007 01:44 PM

              The Jewish Deli in Tenlytown used to be Mel Krupin's now is called some generic name like New York Deli.

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                wombat RE: gooseterp Apr 3, 2007 05:23 PM

                It's called Morty's now.


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              Elizabeth E. RE: SprayBottle Apr 3, 2007 11:40 AM

              I was at the Mom's Apple Pie Company in Leesburg just this morning, and they had black and white cookies. They also have shops in Sterling, Occoquan, Herndon, and Warrenton.

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                mattm RE: SprayBottle Apr 3, 2007 09:00 PM

                I'm curious, for those who are reporting half moon sightings, have you tried them?

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                  wombat RE: mattm Apr 4, 2007 10:59 AM

                  Not me.

                  I have had other baked goods at the Parkway Deli (mentioned in the linked thread) that were good, but I am not a fan of black and whites so I have never tried them. Now on the other hand if someone could point me to one of those New York area style jelly doughnuts - the rectangular ones with granulated sugar on the outside....

                  Not sure this does anyone any good, but a couple weeks ago in New Jersey I saw that Entenmann's sells individually packaged black and whites now - I've never seen that before. I don't know if they are distributed around here. Might be worth stopping in at their outlet store on Rockville Pike?

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                    Elyssa RE: mattm Apr 4, 2007 06:28 PM

                    I've tried them at both Dean and Deluca and Morty's. Both are very yummy. I believe the Dean and Deluca ones are mini half moons. The Morty's ones are more traditional...cakey and delicious. Probably a lot fresher made too but I can't guarentee that.

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                    ComplexCarb RE: SprayBottle Apr 4, 2007 07:29 AM

                    Bagel Buddies in Fair Lakes has black-and-whites shipped in from NYC on weekends. They're half-price on Mondays. They're pretty good.

                    My black-and-white fan husband also likes the bins of mini B&Ws you can buy at the bakery sections of Costco and BJ's.

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                      DC Gal RE: ComplexCarb Apr 4, 2007 08:56 AM

                      I also loved the b/w cookies at Starbuck's. I'm not a coffee drinker, so am not at Starbuck's often, I didn't realize the cookies were gone. Bummer.

                      I have seen b/w cookies at the new Harris Teeter in Foxchase Alexandria. I haven't tried them yet, but have been tempted. They look right!

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                      venera RE: SprayBottle Apr 4, 2007 12:04 PM

                      They caught my eye at the Whole Foods in Baltimore last night, because of your post!

                      Perhaps your local Whole Paycheck also carries them.

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                        DC Taco RE: venera Apr 4, 2007 12:51 PM

                        You can get them at the Whole Foods on 7 in Tysons. Very cakey. I liked the Starbuck's version better. This is probably sacrilege to those from NY, but I like the BWs at Celebrity Deli. They're very hard, as BWs go, but the icing is tastey. I also like the Balducci's version.

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                        MikeR RE: SprayBottle Apr 5, 2007 01:00 PM

                        I saw some in Magruder's (grocery store) today. They were cellophane wrapped, about 4 inches in diameter. I know, I know, I should have read the label to see where they came from but for a buck and a quarter it looked like a lot of cookie.

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                          wombat RE: SprayBottle Apr 27, 2007 08:47 AM

                          I just went to Whole Foods in Silver Spring to buy some fruit and vegetables, I swear, and there was a big display of black and white cookies. How could I not buy one for research purposes?

                          Unfortunately although my credentials as born and bred eater of New York baked cookies are impeccable, as I said earlier I was never a big fan of these, so I don't have too much basis for comparison. But if it would help anyone to quiz me on the details of the sensory experience, fire away.

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                            MikeR RE: SprayBottle Apr 27, 2007 04:27 PM

                            From the latest e-mail newsletter from Beanetics (Annandale coffee roaster in the ex-Magruder's shopping center):

                            "A Real New York Black and White Cookie

                            We began offering an original black and white cookie shipped in from New York. We sold out faster than we could imagine – but we have restocked. We are now carrying this as a regular menu item. If you have never tried one of these, indulge! "

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                              dcfb RE: MikeR Apr 28, 2007 10:33 AM

                              I can't vouch for their authenticity, but cakey black and whites can be found at the bakery just inside the door at Eastern Market.

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