Black and White Cookies

Black and White Cookies
Staff Writer

Tara Dunne

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, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, Kosher

Daily value:



  • Fat 28g 44%
  • Carbs 61g 20%
  • Saturated 24g 119%
  • Fiber 3g 13%
  • Sugars 25g
  • Monounsaturated 2g
  • Polyunsaturated 1g
  • Protein 4g 8%
  • Sodium 618mg 26%
  • Calcium 7mg 1%
  • Magnesium 42mg 11%
  • Potassium 161mg 5%
  • Iron 1mg 6%
  • Zinc 1mg 6%
  • Phosphorus 134mg 19%
  • Vitamin A 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin C 0mg 0%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 12%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 3%
  • Niacin (B3) 2mg 12%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 14%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 42µg 10%
  • Vitamin E 0mg 2%
  • Vitamin K 0µg 0%
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