What's the deal with black & white cookies? [moved from Manhattan board]
My friend is hooked on them and requests anyone going to NY to bring her back a few. I've never had one, and am trying to come up with a recipe to replicate them out in Western Canada (not for sale, just for her). Does anyone have a great recipe? she has described them as cakey, but chewy, and soft in the middle. So are they cakey cookies, not the rolled kind? (I used to own a bakery so I understand how cookie doughs work, but have not yet experienced the B&W cookie.) Help!
A quick Google search for "Black and White Cookies" yields many recipes:
This one is reportedly Zabars:
What's the deal? They are a lovely dessert, and a large B&W ought to last you through two sittings (the smaller ones you can eat in one effort.) The cooke part should be sponge cakey but a tad on the dry side, since the cookie has to support the icing. The white icing needs to have good vanilla and the chocolate should be as chocolately as possible. Remember that you need to have a good coating of icing, don't just put on one coat.
I used this recipe after a trip to NYC and they were really delicious. They aren't rolled and after they cool you turn them over and ice the flat side. They're fun to do, a little different, and taste great.
back to add that as I recall they actually tasted better the second day, the texture improves.