This post has been sponsored by Nielsen-Massey Vanillas. All opinions expressed are my own.
Soft, sweet, and cakelike, these Black & White Cookies are a sure treat for both Chocolate and Vanilla lovers alike.
Harkening back on some of my favorite childhood memories, one that seems to stand out is going into the local Bagel Shop with my mother where we would pick up lunch after school and as a treat a Black & White Cookie. Now, if you’re from New York, you’re well familiar with these half-moon cookies. They are best described as being cakelike. Very soft and often quite large too, they boast of both a black and white icing, hence their given name.
You can’t go to a deli, café, or bagel shop in New York without seeing these stacked on the counter. The best part for me, is that no matter where you may find one, they always taste a little different because everyone has their own opinion of what a Black & White Cookie should be. The icings also tend to be unique on their own, as some can be more frosting-like.
For some time now I’ve tried my own hand at ‘perfecting’ my favorite version of this cookie. After hours of research and several attempts, I finally crafted a recipe that would make any cookie-loving NYer proud. Fresh lemon zest, a hint of almond extract, and good quality vanilla are the secret ingredients here. Investing in quality ingredients makes the difference in any recipe. When it comes to baking I only trust Nielsen-Massey with their fine line of extracts sourced from the highest grade ingredients.
The pure vanilla extract is also instrumental in the icings, adding a depth of flavor reminiscent of the cookies I grew up loving.
I am happy to finally be sharing with you the recipe to these treasured cookies and I hope you give them a try soon!
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