I recently joined a group of lovely ladies in a monthly recipe exchange club. It’s a pretty simple concept – we select a different theme for each month and then cook or bake whatever we want, so long as it fits within that theme. Though we call it a recipe exchange club, we rarely remember to actually exchange the recipes we make. It’s more like a recipe *inspiration* exchange club! The only rule is that each person must try a portion of each dish so that everyone can cast a well-informed vote for the night’s best dish. The anonymous votes are then tallied up and the monthly winner is crowned. For this month, the theme was Winter Whiteout, and the dish needed to either be white in color or have white in the name. I chose the latter, and made a cookie classic - the good, old black & white.
I was planning on making spicy white pizza dip, but I changed my mind in a game time decision. Looking for a new challenge, I went with these cookies instead. While my icing skills are always in need of improvement, I’m generally very happy with how authentic looking these cookies turned out. Should you seek out these cookies in a NYC bakery you’ll find that they’re usually on the monstrous side with cake-like consistency. Well, my cookies ended up a bit smaller and a bit more dense than that traditional cookie. But, very tasty nonetheless! I think next time (as indicated in the recipe below) I’ll mix in the dry ingredients by hand instead of using the stand mixer to do the work.
These cookies are perfect for those who are typically indecisive about dessert. We all know that this has never been an issue for me. It’s pretty clear by now that I’m a one-stop, forever-and-always, chocoholic. But, some people actually like a little vanilla switch up! Luckily, these cookies give you the best of both worlds. The cookie itself is flavored with vanilla and lemon extract, so its bright and light tasting. And the two sugary icing options, one vanilla and one bittersweet chocolate, ensure that you’ll never actually have to commit to a favorite flavor.
So, whats your choice? Do you eat the vanilla side first? Or, the chocolate side? Or, perhaps even more noncommittally, do you just chomp perfectly down the middle? Whichever method you choose you, you’re in for a sugary sweet black & white treat!
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