Black and White Cookies – you can make a New York City classic at home.

These are a northern specialty cookie where half of the cookie is frosted in chocolate frosting, and the other half is frosted in vanilla frosting.

Black and White Cookies

Black and White Cookies

Thanks to Karen Ann for sharing this recipe.

Black and White Cookies

Black and White Cookies

You can make New York City classic black and white cookies at home.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Black and White Cookies
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 48
Calories: 160kcal



  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 pound butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup boiling water
  • 1 ounce bittersweet chocolate



  • Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together the sugar and butter until fluffy.
  • Add the eggs, milk, vanilla, and lemon extract and mix until smooth.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the flours, baking powder, and salt.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in batches, stirring well.
  • Using a soup spoon, drop spoonfuls of dough 2 inches apart on buttered baking sheets.
  • Bake until the edges begin to brown, 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool completely.


  • Put the powdered sugar in a bowl. Stir in enough water to make the mixture thick and spreadable.
  • Transfer half of the frosting to the top of a double boiler over simmering water. Add the chocolate and warm the mixture until the chocolate is melted and the frosting is smooth. Remove from the heat.
  • With a brush, coat half of each cookie with chocolate frosting and the other half with white frosting.


Calories: 160kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 66mg | Potassium: 38mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 145IU | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 0.5mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Aly

    When I made this recipe it tasted like flour and when baking it doesn’t thin out; therefore, it’s too puffy and biscuit-like…not good. Not the NY black and white.

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