Black and White Cookies


This is a black and white cookie recipe I've compiled together from many sources on the internet (mainly Brown Eyed Baker for the cookie, and Hemstrought's Bakery for the fondant icing) with my own additions to match what I remember from New York. Hope you like it!

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 55 mins
2 dozen cookies



  • 4 cups cake flour

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • 1 ¾ cups white sugar

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 2 eggs, at room temperature

  • ½ tablespoon lemon zest

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ¼ teaspoon lemon extract

  • 1 cup milk

Vanilla Fondant Icing:

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 4 ½ cups sifted confectioners' sugar

  • 3 tablespoons corn syrup

  • 1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract

  • 1 pinch salt

  • cup water

Chocolate Fondant Icing:

  • 1 cup sifted confectioners' sugar

  • 2 tablespoons sifted confectioners' sugar

  • 3 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped

  • 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup

  • 1 teaspoon butter

  • ¼ teaspoon clear vanilla extract

  • 8 drops black food coloring, or as needed

  • 1 tablespoon water, or as needed


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Mix flour, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl.

  3. Cream sugar and butter together in a large bowl using an electric mixer for 3 minutes. Add eggs and beat for 30 seconds more. Add lemon zest, vanilla extract, and lemon extract. Mix together. Add flour mixture and milk gradually in equal 1/3 proportions, mixing batter well after each addition until fully incorporated.

  4. Spoon cookie batter out 1/4-cup portions onto the prepared cookie sheet.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until edges just begin to turn golden brown, 13 to 15 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

  6. While cookies cool, melt butter for vanilla icing in a double boiler over medium heat. Stir in confectioners' sugar, corn syrup, vanilla extract, and salt. Add water gradually until vanilla icing comes together. Heat over the double boiler until icing falls off the back of a spoon in thick ribbons, 2 to 4 minutes. Set heat to low.

  7. Frost 1/2 of the golden brown underside of each cooled cookie with vanilla icing using a rubber spatula. Allow excess to dribble back into the double boiler. Let cookies cool for 10 minutes.

  8. Meanwhile, set the double boiler back to medium heat and add confectioners' sugar, semisweet chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, corn syrup, butter, vanilla extract, and food coloring to the remaining vanilla icing. Mix well, adding water until icing is combined. Heat until icing falls off of the back of a spoon in thick ribbons, 2 to 4 minutes. Set heat to low.

  9. Frost the other 1/2 of the cooled cookies using a rubber spatula in the same manner as before. Let cookies cool until icing sets, 1 to 2 hours. Serve.

Cook's Notes:

If using salted butter, omit the 3/4 teaspoon of salt in the recipe.

To make it easier and less messy to get round cookies, pour batter into a pastry bag and pipe out the 1/4-cup sized portions directly onto the baking sheet.

Add the optional food coloring if you want the chocolate icing on the cookies to be black instead of dark brown.

To avoid making any wasted icing, for the chocolate fondant icing, only add 2 ounces of semisweet and 2 ounces of bittersweet chocolate directly to the vanilla fondant icing and nothing else. The chocolate icing will become harder to spread though as the icing begins to run out. Adding the additional butter, sugar, corn syrup and vanilla extract as mentioned in the recipe will ensure you have more than enough icing for the cookies.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

390 Calories
12g Fat
70g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 390
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 39mg 13%
Sodium 108mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 70g 25%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 48g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 27mg 2%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 64mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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