Black & White Cookies
These Black & White Cookies are even better than what you get at your favorite NYC bakery.
- FOR THE COOKIES
- 2¾ c. all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- ¾ c. (1½) sticks butter, softened
- 1½ c. granulated sugar
- Zest of ½ lemon
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- ½ tsp. almond extract
- ⅓ c. sour cream
- ¼ c. milk
- FOR THE FROSTING
- 4½ c. powdered sugar
- 1½ tbsp. corn syrup
- 6 tbsp. hot water, divided
- ½ tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 3 tbsp. cocoa powder, preferably dutch process
- Preheat oven to 375° and line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
- In another large bowl using a hand mixer (or in the bowl of a stand mixer), beat butter, sugar, and lemon zest together until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Add vanilla and almond extract.
- Add dry ingredients to butter mixture and beat until just combined. Add sour cream and milk and beat until just combined.
- Using a large cookie scoop (about ¼ cup) scoop dough onto prepared baking sheets, about 3” apart.
- Bake until edges are golden and tops are just set, 12 to 15 minutes. Place cookies on a wire cooling rack to let cool completely.
- Meanwhile, make frosting: In a large bowl, combine powdered sugar, corn syrup, 5 tablespoons hot water, and vanilla. Add more hot water, 1 teaspoon at a time until a spreadable consistency is reached. A thicker icing is better than a thin icing for this cookie.
- Place about half of the icing into another bowl. Add cocoa powder and 1 tablespoon hot water and mix until combined. Add more hot water 1 teaspoon at a time until a spreadable consistency is reached.
- Flip cookie over to the flat side and using an offset spatula, spread vanilla icing on one side of each cookie. Let set until hardened, about 15 minutes.
- Spread chocolate icing on the other half of each cookie and let set until hardened, about 15 minutes, before serving.