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Black and White Cookies

Black and white cookies recipe just like you would find in a New York Bakery. Decorated black and white cookies for the holidays are so fun!
Course cookies, Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 30
Calories 81 kcal
Author Five Silver Spoons


  • cup unsalted butter softened
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • cup well-shaken buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons water
  • ¼ cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder



  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and position your baking rack in the middle of the oven.
  2. In a stand mixer cream the butter and sugar together for 2-3 minutes on high until light and fluffy (important don't skimp on the time here).
  3. Add in the egg until fully combined.
  4. In a small bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. In a measuring cup add your buttermilk and stir in the vanilla.
  5. To the stand mixer alternate the flour and buttermilk mixture starting with the flour first until all combined (I do about a third of the flour, then half the buttermilk, then ⅓ of the flour, then the rest of the buttermilk, then the rest of the flour).
  6. Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet and scoop ¼ cups of batter for each cookie. You will want to leave 2 inches of space between each cookie.
  7. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until the tops are golden brown and puffed up in the center. When you touch the center of the cookie,it should spring back like a cake. When this happens, you know they are done.
  8. Cool on your cookie sheet completely. You will want the cookies to be fully cooled, so icing does not melt. It took about 40 minutes for mine to cool.


  1. Add the powdered sugar, corn syrup, lemon juice, vanilla, and 1 tablespoon water in a small bowl until smooth.
  2. Put half the icing into a second bowl and add in the cocoa powder. Add about 3-4 tablespoons of water to cocoa mixture until it is the same consistency as the vanilla icing.
  3. You will want to ice the flat side of the cookie first.
  4. I put the vanilla frosting on first, then waited about 5 minutes for vanilla frosting to set before spreading chocolate frosting on the other side.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Dinner Then Dessert

Nutrition Facts
Black and White Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 81 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 11mg4%
Sodium 63mg3%
Potassium 22mg1%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Sugar 9g10%
Vitamin A 75IU2%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.