black and white cookies black and white cookies Israeli Kitchen You'll find black and white cookies in many delis on the East Coast. And now, you can make them at home. (Photo: Sarah F. Berkowitz)

Black and white cookies

Chocolate and vanilla glazes share the glory on this beloved cookie.

  • Yield: Makes 1 1/2 dozen cookies
  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 45 minutes

Some call it a half-and-half cookie. In Germany it's called an "Amerikaner." And some guy named Barack Obama dubbed it the "Unity Cookie" while visiting a deli in Hollywood, Fla.

No matter what you call it, this uber-popular dessert known most commonly as the black and white cookie is a sweet sensation that makes everyone happy – the die-hard vanilla purists and the chocolate addicts.

Go ahead and give this sweet recipe a try – the cookies are melt-in-your-mouth soft, and you can get creative with the glazes to produce your own home-baked masterpieces.



  • 3/4 cup Earth Balance or coconut oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup coconut or soy milk
  • Glaze:

  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder or 1 ounce bittersweet chocolate


Preheat oven to 350° F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Cream butter and sugar until smooth. Add vanilla and eggs and mix again.

Combine flour, salt and baking powder.

Add to butter and sugar mixture, alternating with the milk in two increments of each. Beat until thoroughly combined.

Use a cookie scoop to create 18 cookie mounds on the two sheets (allow room for spreading).

Bake for 15 minutes. Allow to cool for several minutes, and then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

For glaze:

In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar and hot water. The consistency should be easily pourable but not watery. If needed, add another teaspoon or so of hot water.

Pour half the mixture into another bowl. Add cocoa powder and mix until smooth. (If using chocolate, heat glaze and chopped chocolate until melted, and mix thoroughly. Using bittersweet chocolate will yield a darker glaze.)

Once cookies are completely cooled, hold a cookie in your hand over the bowl of glaze and drizzle the glaze over half of the cookie. Set it aside, and continue with remaining cookies.

Repeat with the second glaze. Allow to dry.

If desired, create another glaze using a higher ratio cocoa powder to powdered sugar and use this glaze to decorate your cookies further with squiggles, dots or funny faces! You can also glaze the entire cookie in one color, and use the second color to create designs.

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