Recipe: Black and white cookies

Recipe: Black and white cookies

Recipe: Black and white cookies Author: Style At Home


Recipe: Black and white cookies

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 that goes beyond the basics of cookie making.
  • 1-1/4  cups 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  teaspoons xanthan gum
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4  cup melted refined coconut oil or canola oil
  • 1⁄3 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
  • 1⁄3 cup agave nectar
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • Vanilla Sugar Glaze (see next page)
  • Sugar-Sweetened Chocolate Dipping Sauce (see next page)

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

2 In a medium bowl, whisk together the fl ours, 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.

3 Using a 1/4 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 sauce on one half of each of the cookies. Spread vanilla glaze on the other half of each cookie and let set for 5 minutes before serving.

Makes 12.

You may as well commit this recipe to memory because I guarantee you will return to it when you’re looking for that little something extra to add to recipes in this book and beyond. You’ll use it to dunk donuts, drizzle it on Wonder Buns, even slather it on golden egg pancakes.

  • 3 cups vegan powdered sugar
  • 1⁄3 cup hot water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1  In a small bowl, combine the powdered sugar, hot water, and vanilla and whisk briskly. If the glaze is too thick, add warm water one tablespoon at a time until the icing reaches a thick yet slightly runny consistency. If it becomes too runny, add more powdered sugar 1/4 cup at a time. The glaze can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.

Makes 1¼ cups.

  • 1 cup vegan gluten-free chocolate chips or your favorite chocolate bar, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons melted refined coconut oil or canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 This recipe is extremely easy and can be ready in a jiff. If you don’t have a double boiler, you can make this in the oven or the microwave. Be warned: Your bowl or saucepan must be bone dry before you put the chips in or the sauce will break—a not-exactly technical term for separating into a lumpy mess. If, after you’re finished dipping your donut, you have a little extra, simply cover the bowl with plastic wrap and store at room temperature. As a rule of thumb, this recipe will keep for 5 days.

2 For the double boiler Fill the bottom of a double boiler with water, set it over low heat, and bring the water to a gentle simmer. Add the chips and when they start to become shiny, stir until they are completely melted. Remove from the heat, add the coconut oil and salt, and stir until thoroughly combined.

3 For the microwave Place the chocolate chips in a small microwave-safe bowl and heat at 50 percent power for 30 seconds. Stir. Continue heating and stirring in 15-second intervals until the chips are melted. Add the coconut oil and salt and stir until thoroughly combined.

4 For the oven Preheat the oven to 325°F. Place the chips in a small stainless-steel bowl and place in the oven for 5 minutes, or until they are shiny. Remove from the oven and stir until the chips are completely melted. Add the coconut oil and salt and continue stirring until thoroughly combined.

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Excerpted from Babycakes Covers the Classiscs by Erin McKenna. Copyright © 2011 by Erin McKenna. Photographs Copyright © 2012 by Tara Donne. Excerpted by permission of Clarkson Potter, a division of Random House of Canada Limited. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.


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Recipe: Black and white cookies