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I have always been fascinated by the Black and White cookies I would see in bakeries, but I never had the urge to make them. Then, while looking for something to make and share with some friends, I came across a Black and White cookie recipe in my Cooking Light cookbook.

I decided I was going to make these. Imagine my distress when I found out I couldn’t because the jar of applesauce in my fridge was no longer good! Free Smiley Courtesy of So, I next went to I found a cookie recipe there that I decided to follow but I used the icing recipe in the Cooking Light cookbook.

This last Tuesday I had posted FaceBook that I was trying to decide what to make that day when Susie left me a message that I could drop some goodies off for her and Dave asked where his were. They are both local, Susie is only a few miles down the road from me and is married to my dad’s cousin (can you believe I never met her before today and I met her because of my blog?!) and Dave works for 99 Hits FM, a country radio station in this area. Since I was going to Potsdam for lunch with my friends from work on Thursday, I decided to drop them both off some goodies….so they were the recipients of some of the black and white cookies! I had messages from both of them when I got home that they enjoyed the cookies! I’m glad you did.

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For the cookie recipe click here. The recipe on AR tells you to bake the cookies at 375 for 20-30 minutes. That is WAY too long. My first batch I put in for 20 minutes and they were too dark. My next batch I put them in for 15 minutes and it was perfect. So, I suggest you watch your cookies as they are baking and don’t go into lala land like I did and not pay attention or your first batch will be a bit darker than you want them to be!

The glaze recipes from Cooking Light:
Chocolate Glaze:

3/4 cup confectioner’s sugar
2 Tbsp Hershey’s Cocoa
2 Tbsp. skim milk
White Glaze:

3/4 cup confectioner’s sugar
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1 Tbsp. skim milk

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. Barbara Bakes April 17, 2009 at 8:19 pm - Reply

    These look so good – just like at the bakery!

  2. Creative One April 17, 2009 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    Great looking cookies!!!

  3. Maria April 17, 2009 at 9:12 pm - Reply

    Your cookies are perfect. Black and white are my favorite colors, they were even our wedding colors! LOVE these!

  4. Susie April 17, 2009 at 9:40 pm - Reply

    Yes, those cookies were awesome. Hubby loved them too. I have to print out the recipe.
    Thanks again and it was just as sweet meeting you. 🙂

  5. Meg April 17, 2009 at 9:59 pm - Reply

    I have always been fascinated by black and white cookies too! Your cookies look fabulous! Thanks for mentioning my giveaway.

  6. Jennifer April 17, 2009 at 11:15 pm - Reply

    My kids love black & white cookies and I have not made them in a long time. Maybe after easter candy is gone.

  7. April 17, 2009 at 11:49 pm - Reply

    B&w cookies just scream 'I love NY!'

  8. teresa April 17, 2009 at 11:54 pm - Reply

    They’re so cute! I’ve never even tried a black and white cookie, but it looks delicious!

  9. Christy April 18, 2009 at 12:04 am - Reply

    Another fantastic recipe from your kitchen! These look amazing!

  10. What A Dish! April 18, 2009 at 12:05 am - Reply

    Those look yummy- I’ve thought about making Black and White cookies before. Don’t think I’ve ever seen them in real life; just online and on the Food Network!

  11. Anonymous April 18, 2009 at 12:40 am - Reply

    Shelby, I have made the AR recipe and not been happy with their glazes… I will try CL’s soon, thanks for sharing. Kathye

  12. Reeni♥ April 18, 2009 at 1:43 am - Reply

    These always remind of Seinfeld. When Jerry eats one and than doesn’t feel so well. For this reason I have shied away from them, ha. But I was thinking of making them, I haven’t had one in so long. Yours look perfect! And so scrumptious!

  13. ButterYum April 18, 2009 at 2:09 am - Reply

    Mmmmm, I love black and whites. Nice photos!

  14. Tangled Noodle April 18, 2009 at 3:06 am - Reply

    Bookmarked! We love Black and White cookies but have rarely found them anywhere near us (and when we do, they’ve been seriously subpar). Thanks for the AR link and the glaze recipe (the most important part, IMHO)!

  15. Elyse April 18, 2009 at 5:18 am - Reply

    Mmmm, these cookies turned out totally great. Love the black and whites!

  16. Coleen's Recipes April 18, 2009 at 5:21 am - Reply

    How did you get such a clean line between the black and white frosting colors?

  17. Cristine April 18, 2009 at 7:11 am - Reply

    Looks perfect! I wish I was just down the road so I could enjoy your goodies! 🙂

  18. Donna-FFW April 18, 2009 at 10:59 am - Reply

    These are the cookies I always choose at the bakery. Love them Yours look so very perfect.

  19. Delectable Dining April 18, 2009 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    These are so pretty! I’m definitely going to have to try them!

  20. recipes2share April 18, 2009 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    Great fun!

  21. Pamela April 18, 2009 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    I love the B & W cookie!! I think it's my favorite bakery cookie, that's for sure. I have made the CL recipe before, but it's been years. Yours look simply perfect!

  22. The Hungry Mouse April 18, 2009 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    Just beautiful! I’d like one, please. No, wait. Make that two. 😀


  23. Tracy April 18, 2009 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    I’ll bet those cookies were a great surprise for your friends! They look great!

  24. Bellini Valli April 18, 2009 at 7:38 pm - Reply

    I have seen these advertised as a recipe from New York, but have never tried them myself. Thanks for the inspiration:D

  25. Debbie April 18, 2009 at 11:41 pm - Reply

    I absolutely love black & white's. I used to eat them all the time when I was a child growing up on Long Island. I found them again down in here Virginia recently at Starbuck's and was thrilled. Your cookies look great…like they came right out of the bakery!!!

  26. Bunny April 19, 2009 at 1:25 am - Reply

    I’ve seen these befroe and always wanted to make them Shelby! These look terrific!

  27. Maya April 19, 2009 at 11:14 am - Reply

    I first saw these cookies 6 years ago – they were everywhere! Thanks for the recipe, now I can enjoy them at home!

  28. gail April 19, 2009 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    These look delicious Honey! I’ve never had the urge to make them either…but you make them look and sound so good!!!!

  29. Dawn April 19, 2009 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    haven’t made these yet…I’m tempted but also worried about getting that middle to stay nice and straight. I must admit yours came out great.

  30. Jamie April 20, 2009 at 9:06 am - Reply

    I discover your blog only to be greeted by the one thing that I tried making and yet failed miserably! I grew up vacationing in NY where our big treat were the black and white cookies. When I tried making them last year it was an absolute disaster!
    Yours are absolutely gorgeous and perfect!

  31. haleysuzanne April 20, 2009 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    Ooh. Black and white cookies! I am in heaven. I keep seeing beautiful recipes for these little jewels all over, but I think I am going to have to try them as soon as I get settled after moving. Might be a good way to bribe the new neighbors….

  32. s. stockwell April 20, 2009 at 3:58 pm - Reply

    These are so classy! Now we need to have a black & white party to go with them? you know, "when the going gets tough, the tough have a party"? best from Santa Barbara, s

  33. Pam April 20, 2009 at 4:38 pm - Reply

    Ohhh pretty. They look really tasty – I’ve never had a black and white cookie before. My kids would really like these.

  34. Robin Sue April 20, 2009 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    Look at you after surgery making cookies, talking to cows and cooking up a storm. Wow. I haven’t had surgery and can’t manage to get dinner on the table some nights! These are one of my favorite cookies to get when I go to the good bakeries in Boston.

  35. Lynda April 20, 2009 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    These are so pretty! I’ve never made these before, but I’m really tempted now!

  36. Gloria Chadwick April 20, 2009 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Your B/W cookies look really delicious. I often go into la-la land, too, when something is in the oven, then get roused back to reality when I smell something burning. 🙂

  37. justeatfood April 21, 2009 at 12:05 am - Reply

    Those look sooo elegant!

  38. Patsyk April 21, 2009 at 11:59 am - Reply

    I love b&w cookies! Yours turned out so perfectly!

  39. J.Danger April 21, 2009 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    I love these cookies! THere is an ice cream/bakery that makes them down by the harbor here and I crave them fiercely sometimes!

    I hope you are healing up well and taking care of yourself!

  40. Bergamot April 22, 2009 at 3:16 am - Reply

    This looks really delicious. Would like to try some 🙂

  41. CookiePie April 22, 2009 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    WOW — another triumph! Your cookies look fantastic!!

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