Unless someone told you (like I’m about to do) that these cookies don’t have any coconut in them, you’d never know it. Why make coconut cookies without coconut? I have no idea, except they are easy and good and the ingredients are kind of novel, in a 70s way.
These are a staple at our house. Nothing beats fresh-out-of-the-oven chocolate chip cookies. This recipe is everywhere on the back of many brands of chocolate chips, but it makes the best cookies.
I have been wanting to make Black and White Cookies for a long time and since we had several “snow” days (really snow and ice days) a few weeks ago, it seemed like the perfect time. I used a recipe I found on smittenkitchen. It made quite a few cookies. Mine aren’t nearly as pretty as those on SK.
Gather up the ingredients:
1 3/4 cups sugar
2 sticks butter
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. lemon extract
2 1/2 cups cake flour
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
These are the ingredients for the cookie part. We’ll get to the icing later. I did wonder about using that lemon extract, but I had it on hand and it turned out to be very good – subtle.
Cream the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add in the eggs, extracts, and milk. In a separate bowl combine the dry ingredients and then mix them in with the wet in batches.
Use a spoon to drop the batter onto a baking stone or cookie sheets that have been sprayed with cooking spray. Bake at 375 degrees for 18-20 min. The cookies should spread out. The first couple batches of mine were too puffy and rounded so I stirred some milk into the batter to thin it. That helped them spread out in the oven and flatten a bit. Mine also didn’t turn out very round. I think one of those cool cookie scoops from Pampered Chef would help with that. I just used spoons.
Now for the icing:
4 cups powdered sugar
1/3 – 1/2 cup water
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1 tsp. light corn syrup
1-2 Tbs. cocoa powder, optional
I just love this close up of the chocolate
Boil a cup or so of water in a pan on the stove. Put the powdered sugar in a large, heat safe bowl and stir in enough of the boiling water to make a thick, spreadable mixture. Be careful with the water – it’s easier to add water to thin it down than to add powdered sugar to thicken it back up.
Spread the white frosting on half of all the cookies. Place the bowl over the pan of boiling water on the stove. Add in the chocolate and corn syrup, stirring to melt. You can also add cocoa powder if you want the icing really black. I had to add some more boiling water to get this spreadable.
You’ve basically got a double boiler going here.
Ice the other half of the cookies with the chocolate frosting. Yours will probably look prettier than mine.
These cookies take me back to being a little girl. I remember them like I remember cheese sandwiches on white bread with Miracle Whip and iceberg lettuce or applesauce with red hots stirred into it.
Now we make them often when we have a need for chocolate that needs to be met quickly.
What you’ll need:
1/2 cup butter
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 cup milk
a bit of salt (the recipe says 1 tsp, but i just shake some in)
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup peanut butter (I never measure this either, just add a big glob)
3 cups quick cook oats
Boil all the ingredients except the oats for three minutes. Add in the oatmeal and drop by teaspoons full onto wax paper. It takes them a little while to set up. I like them while they’re still glossy and a bit soft, but they are good the next day too.