The Best Homemade Black and White Cookies Recipe with Claire Saffitz | Dessert Person

The Best Homemade Black and White Cookies Recipe with Claire Saffitz | Dessert Person

Join us in the kitchen with Claire Saffitz, as she takes on the iconic Black and White Cookie in this episode of Dessert Person! Originating in New York City (maybe), Black and White Cookies have become a beloved treat across the country. While many bakeries offer their own take on this classic dessert, nothing compares to a homemade Black and White Cookie made from scratch. In this episode, Claire Saffitz shows you how to make the perfect Black and White Cookie, from mixing the batter to icing and decorating. You’ll learn about the history of the Black and White Cookie, and why making them at home is the ultimate way to enjoy this delicious treat. Whether you’re an experienced baker or just starting out, this recipe is sure to impress. So, roll up your sleeves and let’s get baking!

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2 cups all-purpose flour (9.5 oz / 270g), plus more for rolling
1 teaspoon Diamond Crystal kosher salt or 1⁄2 teaspoon Morton kosher salt
1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder
1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup granulated sugar (7 oz / 200g)
1 1⁄2 sticks unsalted butter (6 oz / 170g), at room temperature
2 large eggs (3.5 oz / 100g), at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1⁄2 cup buttermilk (4.2 oz / 120g), at room temperature

3 1⁄2 cups confectioners’ sugar
(13.6 oz / 385g), sifted if lumpy, plus more as needed
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
2 tablespoons whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of kosher salt
2 tablespoons boiling water
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoapowder

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Video Series:
Producer/Director: Vincent Cross
Camera Operator: Calvin Robertson
Editor: Hal McFall
Assistant Editor: Asher Rogers
Theme Song: Michael Guggino

Animation Credits:
Character Designer/Animator: Jack Sherry
Character Rigger: Johara Dutton
Background/Prop Designer: M. Cody Wiley
Background Illustrator: Jagriti Khirwar

12 Replies to “The Best Homemade Black and White Cookies Recipe with Claire Saffitz | Dessert Person”

  1. The half-moons from Utica are similar, but different style icings which IMO are a big improvement! Would highly recommend people try the variation if you're going to go all out making these.

  2. These are my favorite cookie of all time. Nothing hits like one of these from an east coast Jewish bagel shop and a cup of coffee.

  3. @????????????
    Militar dinero / 2 = $438,000,000,000 / año.
    (200,000,000 Americanos están pobre.)
    = $180/mes para tener comida con "UBI" ????

  4. I would love a video where your camera people try to make one of your recipes. The chaos would be amazing ????

  5. Is there a way to bake these with a second baking sheet resting on top of the cookies to make both sides flat?

  6. Wouldn't have expected to hear an "ew" about any food from you. 😮

  7. I once read that the German name “Amerikaner“ derives from the chemical leavener that was used in the recipe back in the day! It’s called Hirschhornsalz in German (salt of hartshorn – or literally “deer hoof salt“ because it was extracted from animals‘ hooves). It’s mainly ammonium hydrogen carbonate and ammonium carbonate. The German words for these chemical compounds are exactly the same, you just pronounce them a little differently, and it is believed that they were too complicated for people to say so they just shortened it to a word that sounds similar – Amerikaner!!

  8. 1:00

    Oh I used to love „Amerikaner“ as a kid in Germany, always makes me happy to see that someone does proper research to find if they have a different name in another country! But we usually only have either chocolate or vanilla icing, never a mix of both. I’m most definitely going to look for them in a bakery tomorrow!

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