Sunday, October 31, 2010

Black & White Cookies

I made these cookies last year for my best friends bridal shower. This past weekend, I made them again for her sister's baby shower. Each time I made them they were used as the favors for the parties. When I first thought of black and white cookies...I thought they would be too difficult to make. But, to my surprise they were pretty easy. The most difficult part for me was the frosting. It took a few tries to find the perfect consistency. I wasn't a huge fan of the brush strokes you could see on the cookies after the frosting dried, but I'm sure that is something that was only visible to me. Overall, something pretty simple to make, but looks like they were bought at a store.
**These are blue and brown to match the shower decor
Black & White Cookies by Paula Deen
2 1/2 cups cake flour
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 sticks butter, room temperature
1 3/4 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/3 cup boiling water
4 cups confectioners' sugar
1 ounces 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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