Black & White cookies hold a special place in my heart. They take me back to my time in NY, arguably some of the happiest years ever spent. Countless times I’d pick up a giant example of this hallowed dessert from too many bakeries in each and every borough to list off here (not to mention street vendors). They are decadent – and they are big. Whatever sweet craving you’ve got – these babies will satisfy.
I was so happy, joyous really, to see a vegan recipe for the majestic Black & White included in Hannah Kaminsky’s My Sweet Vegan, which only just arrived at my house last week. I get to indulge in one of my all-time favourite treats and it’s dairy-free, egg free and vegan all the way baby. My initial indecision at which tasty treat to try first upon the book’s arrival, so overwhelmed was I by all the fabulous possibilities contained therein, caused my vote to be forfeit – hubby then cast the tiebreaker in favour of Peanut Butter Bombs. Those turned out really fantastic. I knew what my second foray into the book would have to be – the Black & White.
After getting the batter together I placed generous fluffy dollops on prepared baking sheets. They looked like ethereal little clouds before going into the oven.
I might have left them in a minute too long – ok I did leave them in too long – I was distracted by a cat, but I think they were none the worse for wear.
These were really fun to make. The taste of the batter, which I sampled repeatedly, immediately took me back to being four years old when I used to steal cake batter when my great grand mother wasn’t looking and then she’d chase me around the kitchen with a wooden spoon until I dove under the table for cover. I was safe there because she couldn’t bend too well. Sorry nägy.
Great tasting batter aside, the assembly is where the true fun comes in – all that painting of the two glazes, reminiscent of finger painting. Delightful.
One thing I quickly realized was that in using organic confectioner’s sugar I was not going to get a true snow white for the white side of my cookies, rather mine would be a slight cream – against the dark chocolate glaze they look white enough though.
I even broke out my coveted Endangered Species dark chocolate baking rounds, which I’d been hording for some time.
The chocolate is so darn tasty I was tempted to slather it all over the entire cookie but I resisted. Next time perhaps.
Worth noting is that, if you work slowly like myself, you may need to nuke the chocolate glaze for ten seconds to soften it up again or you may find it start to seize up on you. We want our cookies to have perfectly smooth little Black & White tuxes thank you very much.
Et voilà! – c’est magnifiqe. I love them – so sweet and decadent and, most importantly, delicious. I enjoyed more than one with an equally humongous mug of coffee – and we’re two for two.
Now what to try next…