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Black and White Cookies

Recipe photo courtesy of Yossy Arefi

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.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2000



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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  • ACX129390457
    22 AUG, 2018
    This what terrible! Batter was way too thin even after letting it sit in the fridge all night long. Hence... cookies totally spread out in pan with a shape anything other than uniform and round! Not to mention they all stuck together. Taste and consitency tasted like a over-cooked cupcake. :( I only chose Martha's recipe because I seen the episode with the beautiful young lady making them and had to try them! Otherwise I would have chosen a different version with good revews. And oh the icing!...... UGH!!!!! I Followed the entire recie to a T, and even the icing ws wrong. It turns out translucent and super runny! I had to add white choclate to it to firm up some and have some coverage. Martha has this cookie all wrong, unfortunately. I rarely rate a recipe... only if it is SUPER great or SUPER bad. I don't want anyone else to waste their ingredients. :(
  • katkir0426
    19 FEB, 2017
    Wish I had read the reviews before trying waste of ingredients (especially the Kerry Gold butter). They came out as flat as pancakes...I think that maybe the butter should have been softened and not melted because melted butter makes the cookie spread too much. Won't be trying any more of her recipes. Someone from this site should correct the recipe!
  • charmaussie
    25 JAN, 2017
    Waste of ingredients and time. Was hoping the other bad reviews were just exaggerations. They're not. I saw this on Martha Bakes recently and couldn't wait to bake it. The best taste about it was the simple icing. The cookies resembled biscuits. Trying Pioneer Woman's B&W Cookies recipe tomorrow. This must be the first Martha Stewart recipe I've made that didn't come out well...usually her recipes are spot on.
  • dianetheisgmai
    21 JUN, 2016
    These cookies were VERY disappointing... I used the ice cream scooper, but didn't flatten cookies as there were no instructions directing me to do so. The cookies never flattened out. Cookies were very dry. The icing tasted like corn syrup. I .dded cream cheese which helped... frosting improved with chocolate. I would NOT make these againl
    • chefellenearth
      25 OCT, 2016
      I also could not get a flat cookie. I am on my 2nd try and still they puffed up too much and did not look like the test kitchen chef. They have little flavor too kind of dry not sure what I am doing wrong...did not make icing as I wanted to perfect cookie first
      • cheriecshwriti
        10 JAN, 2017
        Would be nice if someone from the test kitchen could troubleshoot for us. How do you avoid a puffed up cookie? Hoping it's not just "television magic" that makes these cookies look so flat on TV.
  • jundermay
    31 DEC, 2011
    The cookies were AWESOME. The powdered sugar topping wasn't all that. Ended up using powdered fondant! That did the trick! I give this an 8 outta 10 rating!!!
  • Shashi
    20 JUN, 2009
    Dao, the recipe for the icing is part of the overall recipe (see step #3)
  • dao_2008
    13 APR, 2009
    What is the best icing recipe for these cookies? Is it the recipe on this page or somewhere else?
  • jaclynde
    24 FEB, 2009
    my three year old nephew *couldn't take more than a few bites.
  • jaclynde
    24 FEB, 2009
    when I made these the frosting recipes in her baking book were faulty. My three year old nephew could even take more than a couple of bites...which was disappointing b/c I made them for an oscar party and thought they'd turn out so well. The cookies themselves were good, though...just beware of the frosting recipies in the book.
  • alicerules41
    23 DEC, 2008
    Hi could you tell me which frosting recepi you like? for these cookies

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