Black and White Cookies


A New York classic, these iconic cookies are more like flat cakes coated with chocolate icing on one half and vanilla on the other. Martha made this recipe on episode 702 of Martha Bakes.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup cake flour (not self-rising)

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 2 large eggs

  • ¾ cup granulated sugar

  • ½ cup milk

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled

  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • ½ teaspoon pure lemon extract

  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted

  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup, plus more if needed

  • 1 ½ ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift together flours, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk eggs and sugar until smooth. Add milk, and whisk to combine. Whisk in melted butter and extracts. Add flour mixture, and stir to form a smooth dough. Cover, and chill for 1 hour.

  2. Line baking pans with Silpat nonstick baking mats. Using a 2-ounce scoop, drop five cookies per pan, 3 inches apart. Bake until edges are light brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack set over parchment paper to cool.

  3. In a small bowl, combine confectioners' sugar, 3 tablespoons hot water, and corn syrup. Whisk until smooth. Using a small offset spatula, ice half of each cookie. Return cookies to rack to drip, if necessary.

  4. Add chocolate to remaining icing. Stir until smooth. Add additional corn syrup to thin to desired consistency, if necessary. Spread chocolate icing over second half of each cookie. Allow cookies to set, about 10 minutes.

    Yossy Arefi

Cook's Notes

When Martha made these cookies on Martha Bakes, she omitted the lemon extract and substituted semisweet chocolate (61 percent).

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