Black and White Cookies

Tara Dunne


  • 1 1/4 Cup  white or brown rice flour
  • 1/2 Cup  Bob's Red Mill all-purpose gluten-free baking flour
  • 1/3 Cup  vegan sugar
  • 1/2 Cup  arrowroot
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon  Xanthan Gum
  • 1 Teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1 Teaspoon  salt
  • 3/4 Cups  melted refined coconut oil, or canola oil
  • 1/3 Cup  agave nectar
  • 2 Tablespoons  vanilla extract
  •   Vanilla frosting
  •   Chocolate frosting

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by BabyCakes Covers the Classics Cookbook

For the longest time, I might have been the only person in the tristate area completely oblivious to the beautiful oversize black-and-white cookies found in every bodega from Brooklyn to the Bronx. Have you had one? Me, I was never allowed because of my food sensitivities, of course. So when I went to the kitchen and started brainstorming ideas for iconic cookies, this was one of the first ones I tackled. Prepare to be bathed in the sweet comfort of vanilla-chocolate overload.


Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, sugar, arrowroot, xanthan gum, baking soda, and salt. Add the coconut oil, applesauce, agave nectar, and vanilla and stir with a rubber spatula until the batter is smooth.

Using a ¼-cup ice-cream scoop or measure, drop the dough onto the baking sheets, about 1 inch apart. Using the bottom of the measuring cup, press the dough to ¹⁄³-inch thickness. Bake for 6 minutes, rotate the baking sheets, and bake for 4 minutes more. Let stand on the baking sheets for 20 minutes. Using a palette knife, spread chocolate frosting on one half of each of the -cookies. Spread vanilla frosting on the other half of each cookie and let set for 5 minutes before serving.



Reprinted with permission from BabyCakes Covers the Classics by Erin McKenna and Tara Donne, copyright © 2011. Published by Clarkson Potter, a division of Random House, Inc.


Calories per serving:

510 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Vegetarian, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 170g 261%
  • Carbs 364g 121%
  • Saturated 143g 713%
  • Fiber 20g 81%
  • Sugars 150g
  • Monounsaturated 12g
  • Polyunsaturated 5g
  • Protein 23g 47%
  • Sodium 3,706mg 154%
  • Calcium 40mg 4%
  • Magnesium 253mg 63%
  • Potassium 965mg 28%
  • Iron 6mg 34%
  • Zinc 6mg 38%
  • Phosphorus 805mg 115%
  • Vitamin A 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin C 1mg 2%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 69%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 15%
  • Niacin (B3) 14mg 72%
  • Vitamin B6 2mg 82%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 251µg 63%
  • Vitamin E 3mg 13%
  • Vitamin K 1µg 1%
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