Black and White Cookies

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Servings: 20 cookies, depending on size
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 35 min
Difficulty: Easy

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2 1/2 cup cake flour
2 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2   sticks butter, room temperature
1 3/4 cup sugar
4   large eggs
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/3 cup boiling water
4 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 ounce bittersweet chocolate, melted


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. 

In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the cake flour, all-purpose flour and baking powder; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, 1 at a time. Then beat in the milk and vanilla. Gradually, beat the dry ingredients into the wet. Drop tablespoonfuls of the cookie batter onto parchment paper lined sheet pans, 2-inches apart. Bake for approximately 25 minutes until the edges of the cookies just begin to brown.. 

Meanwhile, make the icing. In a large mixing bowl, stir the boiling water into the confectioners’ sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the mixture is spreadable but still thick. Transfer half of the icing to another mixing bowl and stir in the melted chocolate. 

When the cookies are done let them cool completely. Spread half of the flat side (baked side down) of the cookies with white icing and the other half with the chocolate icing. Let the cookies dry and harden completely. 

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By britney santoo on March 13, 2013


I read the reviews after I made the batter. Decided to make some changes before baking. I added the melted chocolate at the end (step missing) and also added a bag of white chocolate chips; used vanilla instead of orange extract. I did not chill the dough, but I did drop the scoops of dough into the confectioner's sugar. I baked them at 350 for about 12 minutes. I did not ice them. Very good, chocolatey, chewy cookies.

By Pamela DeSimone on December 22, 2012


I just bought Paula Deens Holiday Baking book for October 2012. Her black and white crinkle cookies is missing a step. It does not tell you where the melted chocolate goes.

By Jennifer Zajatz on September 15, 2012


yep this are better than the black and white cookies in new york. sorry folks, you either like black and white cookies or you don't, as they are different. They are more like the old fashion tea cakes from the south and yes they do rise, (baking powder), I have been waiting for a good recipe, as I am in houston and i have to drive 30 minutes into town to buy one from the jewish deli and it costs 5 bucks. needless to say I don't eat black and white cookies! but now I do. Thanks Paula

By Anonymous on April 26, 2010


icing was disappointingly bland with the taste of confectioner sugar.. i added almond and vanilla extract cookies dont come out round as expected

By pauladeenfan on December 17, 2008


Sorry Paula, but I did not like these cookies! Mine were not round as I expected and they baked up high not flat. I iced the flat side as directed however the icing was too blah. The white icing tastes like confectioners sugar.. too blah tasting and you literally taste the sugar. Same with black.. I added a bit of vanilla extract and almond extract to my icing. The cookie has a good flavor,but the icing is disappointing

By pauladeenfan on December 17, 2008

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