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Give Black and White Cookies a Halloween Makeover

One of the girls here at the Sugar HQ recently received several boxes of black and white cookies. She grew up on Long Island and desperately missed the quintessentially New York treat. Luckily she shared the cookies with me, and I instantly fell in love! I immediately knew I wanted to find a recipe and give this classic east coast treat a try in my San Francisco kitchen. I got even more excited when I found this recipe with a Halloween twist! A few drops of orange food coloring is the secret ingredient that takes these cookies from everyday to holiday. Get the recipe when you

Black & Orange Cookies
From Food & Wine magazine

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons cake flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
2 large egg yolks, at room temperature
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons milk
2 3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup boiling water
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Orange food coloring, or red and yellow combined
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped

  1. Make the cookies: preheat the oven to 350°; position 2 racks in the upper and middle thirds of the oven. Line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Sift the cake flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder and salt onto a large sheet of wax paper. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs and yolks one at a time, beating well between additions. Beat in the vanilla and milk. At low speed, beat in the dry ingredients until just combined.
  3. Spoon rounded tablespoons of the batter onto the baking sheets, about 2 inches apart. Bake the cookies for about 12 minutes, until the centers spring back when lightly pressed. Be careful not to let the cookies brown or overbake, or they will be dry. Transfer the cookies, flat-side up, to a wire rack and let cool completely.
  4. Meanwhile, make the icing: in a medium bowl, whisk the confectioners' sugar with the boiling water until smooth. Add the vanilla extract and a few drops of food coloring and whisk until the icing is evenly colored. Using a small offset spatula, spread the orange-colored icing over half of the flat side of each cookie.
  5. In a microwave oven, melt the chocolate in a small bowl. Stir the chocolate into the remaining orange icing. Spread the chocolate icing on the other half of each cookie and let stand until set, about 15 minutes. (If the icing becomes too thick, add hot water, 1 teaspoon at a time, until smooth and shiny.)
  6. The black-and-orange cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

Join The Conversation
SoftRockStar SoftRockStar 9 years
I've always wondered about these cookies despite living on the East Coast.
Diana172 Diana172 9 years
They do kind of look like half-moons
Kate14909563 Kate14909563 9 years
I love love love black and whites...we also call them half moon cookies. either way they are delicious!
ccsugar ccsugar 9 years
I didn't know these were an east coast thing...
MamaD MamaD 9 years
These are my all time favorite childhood cookies!!!!!!! I try not to eat them any more but every now and then.......
SugarFreak SugarFreak 9 years
I just had a Tiffany's version yesterday. They opened up a store here on Wall St and they were handing out white and Tiffany blue cookies with white satin bows. Very pretty! I'll try to post it once I can figure out a way to get this pic off of my phone THAT DOESN'T WORK! Ugh...
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 9 years
Ice me up Scottie!
fragiletearz fragiletearz 9 years
I can't ice to save my life, but I'll make an imperfect version of these for sure!
Diana172 Diana172 9 years
I'm never very good at keeping icing on the cookie...
cakespy cakespy 9 years
Having grown up in NJ but now living in Seattle, I miss this treat too. I love this festive take on it for the holidays!
emlod10 emlod10 9 years
they are delicious but more difficult to ice than one would think. Just be patient as they are worth it in the end :)
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I've had these and they're amazing.
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