Eating a black and white cookie is a science. Or an art.  Or one of those things that requires technique and skill and maybe even a bachelor’s degree in cookie eating.

Man, I wish I had one of those.


Some people eat them haphazardly, not really noticing whether they’re eating the vanilla or the chocolate side.  Sometimes getting a little of both at once.

I don’t know how you guys feel about this. But to me.  That just seems wrong.

See, here’s what I do.  First, I eat the chocolate side.  Because I like it less.  Don’t get me wrong.  It’s chocolate-y and beautiful and if you’re more of a chocolate person than a vanilla person, you probably want to do the opposite because, really, it’s glorious.  But I am who I am.

And who I am is a girl who really loves her vanilla glaze.

So then when I have eaten every last bit of chocolate, even nibbling up to the line in the middle while still doing my best not to cross any vanilla-filled boundaries,.  (Yeah, I have issues.  Apparently black-and-white cookies bring them out in me.  I’m sure my mother has something to do with this.)

I can sit back, relax, and enjoy.  Life. Is. Good.

(Now I know you’re looking at that bitten cookie up there, with that bite that includes both vanilla and chocolate. And thinking.  Sacrilege!  Heresy!  Off with her head! And well.  Look, there are just some things that we, as food bloggers, need to do for aesthetic and political reasons.  You can rest assured that I never let it happen again and that all of the cookies I ate afterward were ingested using the true and proper method described above.  Amen.)


With all of this red velvet in the mix, you may be thinking that these are a week late and a dollar short.

Well, I am here to alert you that this is not true.  Especially not here in NYC where, not only does no one ever sleep, but we also never tire of eating black and white cookies (and we were also kind of a little scared that Amy would disown us if we posted anything red and cutesy on V-Day).  They are staples, my friend.  Staples.

Some of you may never have had them before.  Some of you may have only had those little mini versions from Costco.  (And you’re calling me the heretic?  Sheesh.)  Those do not hold a candle to the real deal.  So just, you know.  Don’t judge a cookie by it’s Costco counterpart.



Red Velvet Black and White Cookies
This classic New York cookie gets a fun red velvet twist in these Red Velvet Black and White Cookies!
Yield: 12 cookies
For the cookies
  • 1¼ cup AP flour
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 5 tbsp butter, room temperature
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • a pinch of red food gel coloring
For the vanilla glaze
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp light corn syrup
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tbsp hot water
For the chocolate glaze
  • 4 oz semi-sweet chocolate (use Hershey’s. I used really good chocolate and it just tasted too good, if you know what I mean)
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp light corn syrup
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or grease and flour them REALLY WELL so that the cookies don’t stick. These are super cake-y so they will stick. Every chance they get. Be wary.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking soda.
  3. Using a mixer, cream 5 tbsp butter with the sugar until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture alternating with the buttermilk until smooth. Dip the back of a spoon into your red food gel and then dip it into your batter. Mix until evenly distributed. Add more until you get the red color that you desire.
  4. Place ¼ cup scoops of batter about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet. Using a butter knife, spread the batter so that they are still quite thick but are flat on top. THIS IS CRUCIAL. If these are too thin, they will fall apart when you are trying to put icing on them. Because they are cake-y they are ONLY sturdy if they are thick and they will spread quite a bit, I promise. So just be careful. Bake until a toothpick inserted comes out dry, about 12-15 minutes. Let sit for 5 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack.
  5. For the vanilla glaze, whisk together the powdered sugar, vanilla, corn syrup, and hot water until smooth. When the cookies are cool, face them bottom side up and spread half of the cookie with vanilla glaze. You can do this with a butter knife.
  6. For the chocolate glaze, in a bowl, melt the butter and chocolate in the microwave for about 1 minute or until melted. Add the corn syrup and stir until smooth.
  7. Spread this over the second half of the cookies (use a spoon). Refrigerate/freeze for 20 minutes to set.
Adapted from Rachael Ray
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cookie


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114 Responses to Red Velvet Black and White Cookies

  1. Really fresh black and white cookies are delicious, and I must say, I go for the chocolate side:-) I would love to try them with red velvet, yum!

  2. marla says:

    Just submitted this winner to StumbleUpon……dang these look good. You are sooo right, something about folks from NYC and these cookies. I am with you, there has gotta be a method to my eating this kind of thing. The 1st one I am careful on & then any additional I am a slamming fool 🙂 xxoo

  3. These do seem to a NYC thing along with Whoopie Pies.

  4. jenna laughs says:

    I have something to admit to you. I have never tried a black and white cookie. I lived in NYC for almost 5 years. Are we still friends?

  5. I’ve never even heard of a black and white cookie, much less tried one. However, I would glaze them in stripes in order to get a little of both icings at once. Now everyone in NYC will be scratching their heads and saying “why didn’t I think of that?”!! They do look delicious!


  6. Megan says:

    My gut reaction says that I would eat the white side first to get the yummy part right away…..BUT…I think I would have a hard time not jamming it all straight into my mouth right away. These look so good!

  7. Looks awesome, multitude of colors and flavours. There is something for everyone. I would eat it the same way, being careful not to cross the line:)

  8. Karla says:

    Those cookies look AMAZINGLY DELISH!!!! I will be making them the first chance I get….and as soon as I buy red gel food coloring! 🙂

  9. Raina says:

    These look totally yum! We call them half moons in Mass, and they are one of my favorites. I do the same thing, eating one side at a time, savoring each for its different flavors. I love the idea to make it with red velvet; that sounds great:) I finally figured out how to bookmark; so I am doing that right

  10. Joanne – Paul here (Amy’s hubby, guinea pig, and foil in acting),

    So every morning I coming into the office, and she has your blog up and I see these pictures of awesomeness. But today, this one just GOT me. So I’m going to plead upon my beautiful better half to make these little discs of heaven.

    Great writing, BTW.

  11. Amy says:

    LOL. Truth be told, I probably wouldn’t have been that upset had you posted these on Monday…I mean, look at them! Who could stay mad?

    And I see I have a request from my comic relief and chief bottle washer (above) to make a batch. So away I go. I have all the ingredients (naturally), so therefore I have no excuse.

  12. OMG too funny! I have similar issues when it comes to eating! I ALWAYS save the best bites for LAST! What stands out in my mind (the dish I do it most with) is sushi – always saving the best piece for my final bite! Cookies, cake…sandwiches too!

    These cookies are a site to behold!


    (See what doing laundry and washing bottles can do!?!?!)

  14. Shannon says:

    Ahhhh! I almost made these for a V-day treat but decided to eat dark chocolate caramels instead (my roommate is sabatoging my diet). Now I want cookies. And I too prefer the vanilla glaze over the chocolate.

  15. Ann says:

    Red Velvet under the B&W? Now thats smart!! We don’t get black and White cookies here, yup, even in Costco. I will admit, I have never been the biggest fan of Rachel Ray, but this…this could be the start of a lot of good things….

  16. More unconventional red velvet! I love it. We’re clearly sisters from another mister (do people really say that?). Love love love.

  17. Dawn says:

    Was there a Seinfeld episode that involved black and white cookies? Or was it a babka. Either way these look wonderful.

  18. Danielle says:

    wow – these look awesome! Im originally from NY – I agree we love our Black and White Cookies.

  19. Marisa says:

    Oh my gosh, this sounds just like how I eat chocolate bars – layer by layer. All the individual components one at a time. It’s the best way. 🙂

  20. Hahahaha…love this post. So funny! I thought I was the only one that did that!

    Camila F.

  21. brandi says:

    I love the color of the red velvet cookie with the b&w icing – gorgeous!

  22. My kids would be thanking you for making these brilliant cookies! I have been told time and again how red velvet is their favorite, but the thought of making a cake with 2 pounds of sugar has stopped me in the past: perfect alternative!

  23. Carolyn says:

    This looks AMAZING and can’t WAIT to make them!

  24. MM says:

    My knowledge of the black and white cookie comes from Seinfeld and that’s the extent of it. However, I do know (and love) red velvet!

    BTW, I’d save the chocolate for last…I’m one of those people!

  25. Faith says:

    Love the idea of adding red velvet to the black and white mix…and I love your method of eating them! It’s been far too long since I had a proper black and white cookie…I either need to head to NYC or get in the kitchen and make these! 😉

  26. Mo Diva says:

    im sorry, did you say Rachael ray? as in the lady who doesnt bake??? im amazed! those are beauts! jees
    I think you and i can have a B&W cookie party. You can eat all my vanilla and i will eat all your chocolate. My thing is that the vanilla side is a different texture and waaay sweeter than the chocolate side. I love to literally break it in half and go nuts. and i do nibble the ends to make sure no colors have crossed over. im a racist that way.

  27. “Look to the cookie Elaine, look to the cookie!”

    Black and white cookies are a REQUIREMENT any time I visit my family or they visit me. There is literally nothing better. Glorious. You eat them wrong, BTW. Just sayin’. 🙂

  28. Allison says:

    I miss seeing black and whites in bakeries after growing up on the east coast. I may need to make these for a little reminder. I have never had success with a red velvet cookie so, I am intrigued on many levels. Love you eating technique … so me and now so my children … ugg the nuts behavior I am passing along!

  29. Ada says:

    Oh man, growing up I ate a black and white cookie from a local bakery almost every single day. Apparently Mayor Bloomberg eats one a day also. I’m totally with you, the vanilla part reigns supreme. How creative to use a red velvet base!

  30. These are the prettiest cookies I have seen this morning.I love red velvet..I m going to whip these up today itself.Cool and artful idea I must say grl..Have a nice long weekend!!

  31. I hope you didn’t just make that story up, because I’m about to admit that I eat cookies like this the same way, one side, and then the other, saving the best for last (yes, always vanilla over chocolate). I even eat chocolate chip cookies around what I think is the best part of the cookied (doughy center with two nice big chips)!

  32. La Liz says:

    OMG, it’s been ages since I’ve tasted a good B&W cookie. I don’t trust the packaged stuff to compare with the memories. (I eat the vanilla hemisphere first.)

    But with a red velvet cake base, wow — these are B&W cookies to the nth power. Absolutely fantastic!!! Thanks, Joanne!

  33. That Girl says:

    Most of the time I skip right over black and white cookie recipes, because truthfully, most people have no idea what they’re supposed to taste like. And my mom and I decided that NYC chocolate tastes different than what you get anywhere else. But I feel like you actually know what you’re talking about!

    PS: I like to take a bite from each side first to see which is yummier, then I eat the least yummy side first.

  34. Swathi says:

    You are right, eating cookies is an art. Red velvet cookies looks awesome. i don’t know which side to start eating both are good.

  35. Pam says:

    I would eat the chocolate side first then the white chocolate too… yummy! They look perfecto Joanne.

  36. Mary says:

    This cookie was a part of our lives until retirement. Apparently bakers who made them didn’t make it over the Rocky Mountains. I haven’t seen them here. It is good to have a recipe so I can make my own. Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  37. Delishhh says:

    These looks amazing, not a glaze person so i am wondering if you can make these with white chocolate. YUM!

  38. RamblingTart says:

    I am clearly not a New Yorker since I’ve never even heard of black and white cookies. 🙂 Love the fabulous color though!!

  39. Oooh black and white and red all over!!! LOVE!!! I can’t decide which side I like better:)


  40. Victoria says:

    Sadly, I hate Rachael Ray (even when I met her, I tried not to stare directly into her eyes for fear of being turned to stone), but I forgive you because you are awesome, and these cookies do look pretty darn tasty. Much love, your un-judgmental friend, Victoria 🙂

  41. Megan says:

    I have never had a true black and white cookie… I need to remedy that next time I am in NYC. In the meantime, they have been on my list to make for a long time… I should really get to it already! I’d probably eat the vanilla side first.

  42. Candace says:

    Vanilla and chocolate and red velvet cake….
    oh my! The first one, I would eat the vanilla first…and then eat the chocolate….the next one, would be chocolate…and then vanilla. I’m terrible at making decisions. Have a great weekend! Candace

  43. Sofia says:

    Every time I read your blog I feel guilty for only eating desserts as indulgent as you share, but being too lazy to actually attempt to make them myself. I need schooling. These are drool-worthy. And I like that you appreciate the find art of cookie consumption. It’s a good sign of character, I think.

  44. i think it’s a fantastic idea. red velvet cookies! wow

  45. I’ve lived right outside of NYC my entire life (and worked in the city for over 10 years) and although I know the B&W cookie is “famous” here, it was never that big of a deal! We were always way more into Italian pastries. Still, the fresh ones are WAY better than Costco 🙂 I actually made them for a Super Bowl party this year, in the 2 team’s colors.

  46. Your eating habits tickle my fancy. For years, when I hated vegetables, I ate them separate from the rest of the meal. They weren’t on the same plate. They weren’t even on the table at the same time. I ate them first, got them out of the way, then went to my “true meal.” And only then could I relax and enjoy my meal. This is true story. My friends used to make fun of me for it.

  47. teresa says:

    these are so pretty! i’ve never had a black and white cookie, but i really need to try one. red velvet makes it even better!

  48. Julie says:

    now you’ve done it. first the damn rainbow cookies and now my second favorite the black & white. UGH i LOVE LOVE LOVE the vanilla side. i could never have the black side again in my life and i would be so fine with it but i lovee a great lemon cookie underneathe with the perfect vanilla and hard-ish type frosting. yum and double yum.

  49. I have had a recipe bookmarked for Red Velvet B&W’s for years. Now, looking at your beauties, I think I may have to finally get to them. YUM!

  50. Natalie says:

    i’ve never had one of these. and now i’m totally going to be analyzing which side to eat first and what this means about me 🙂

  51. Cara says:

    I’ve never in my life craved a black and white cookie (I know it’s because I’m not a New York-er!) But throw some red velvet in there and it’s like a whole new red, black and white world! One I want to be a part of.

  52. aipi says:

    These cookies look really awesome, infact one of the prettiest have seen in a long time.. totally love the texture , the color n the wonderful chocolate topping 🙂

    US Masala

  53. oh my these are genius your lucky living in NYC I always big out on black and white cookies when I visit!

  54. I love Vanilla more than Chocolaty too , though i loveee chocolate , as a chocolate:-)
    But despite that i am enjoying a intensely dark chocolate baked delite right now with coffee as a mid morn snack 🙂
    Ur red velvet cookies remind me how muc i m missing my red velvet wp and i must get a dose soon.
    I baked red and white cookies jus once , actually i made them green and red for Christmas:-)
    But the cookie was too cakkey for me 🙂

    These seem perfect , delicious and beautifully glazed!
    Saturdays with Rachel Ray , that sounds good!

  55. Oh goodness these are wonderful 🙂

  56. elra says:

    Mouth watering and beautiful cookies for sure.

  57. daphne says:

    They are adorable! I have heard of red velvet cupcakes but to make them into cookies? yum! and the black and white glaze ooooo.. love love love!

  58. Angela says:

    I have seen black and white cookies in the bakery but have never tried them. Yours look super good!

  59. Joanne says:

    Please, hook up your usb cable and send me some of these to have with my morning coffee 😉

  60. I swear, some days i come here for the healthy eating and I am rewarded… Next day, it’s like you don’t even consider the size of my ass when you make a post.

    And I vote for a three way… some bites of vanilla only, some bites of chocolate only and some bites with equal amounts of each.

    B&W cookies are unheard of here in the heartland. But that and cheap Thai food is what i always have whenever I am able to get to NYC.

  61. Suman Singh says:

    wow, I think I never saw such pretty cookies before! They are truly AMAZING!

  62. Eliana says:

    You totally have to have a system when eating black and white cookies. And I too eat the chocolate part first. (I knew there had to be another reason why I liked you.)

  63. Dmarie says:

    that seems wrong to be too! but these cookies look oh, so right!

  64. Christy says:

    I totally understand and those that don’t are just weird imho LOL! It would be a waste of both flavors to eat them at once. My kids would love these! yum!

  65. Katerina says:

    Don’t get me wrong but I would start from the vanilla glaze and leave the chocolate glaze for last. I am a seriously addicted chocoholic and I cannot really detox. They look delicious!

  66. Dina says:

    i love this idea! two of my favorite things in one!

  67. Peggy says:

    Ok. Confession. I’ve never had a Black & White Cookie. I know. I’ll go to work on that pronto! =)

  68. Glistening glory! For me, I would probably just eat the black portion and scrape off the white frosting 😛 … but that’s just me…

  69. tigerfish says:

    For me, chocolate first then vanilla. 🙂

    The color contrast is amazing!

  70. Never had a black & white cookies in my life! Is that crazy or what?! This red velvet version looks great!

  71. Mo 'Betta says:

    Brilliant. I would eat the vanilla side first, b/c I like it the least. Chocolate rules 🙂

  72. Alisa is hilarious! I have had the real deal. Had to. Was in NYC and they were everywhere. Had them twice. The first time it was so not good, I thought – hmmm – must be the baker. I asked around. Went to “the best” bakery for the black and white – do you know it? I forget the name of it. Anyway, these are a cookie you have to grow up eating to love. Not so good. At least these days. Bland. The caky part is a surprise. But, really big. Easy to share. And, just – well, bland. So, your version looks YUMMY! Blasphemy – yes! Sacrilege – for sure! but, tasty – me thinks so!

  73. Such beautiful cookies! Love the red-black-white combo.

  74. Maria says:

    They look so gorgeous Joanne!

  75. Catherine says:

    I just love the whole cookie! Delicious…Blessings, Catherine

  76. Claudie says:

    If you have issues, I must be having issues too, cuz I have very specific ways of eating my cookies as well, depending on the type of cookie… For instance, if there are chocolate chips in it, and any are sticking out, I’ll first make sure to “pull them out” and eat those, before I attack the rest of the cookie…

    Anyway, your cookies look delicious and devilish 😛

  77. LOL at the Costco counterpart comment. Truer words have never been spoken. I’ve never tried the original black and white cookies, but I think I’d rather dive right into these instead anyway.

  78. I’ve never had black and white cookie. I might eat both at the same time!

  79. Little Inbox says:

    Such an aristic look of cookies. So tempting.

  80. Beth says:

    What beautiful cookies. How could anyone resist either side?

  81. Barbara says:

    I’ve had black and white cookies, but never on top of red velvet batter. Very cute! (I eat the vanilla side first too.)

    Think this would be fun to surprise the kids with…

  82. girlichef says:

    These are fun cookies! I actually have always eaten so that my favorite thing is waiting for me to eat last, LOL! I’m right there with ya 😉

  83. Martha (MM) says:

    Yum! I would have to nibble off half of the vanilla side and then half of the chocolate side and then enjoy straight down the middle – what does this say about me as a person?! I can only imagine!

  84. chrysta says:

    Super yum!! Im totally with you girl..Its vanilla for me all the way! I do love a good chocolate but it doesnt stand a chance against anything vanilla. These cookies are the best of both worlds..and with red velvet as well. Awesome!!

  85. LOVE this idea! And totally agree with your method of eating 😀

  86. Nadji says:

    Biscuits très gourmands et cette couleur rouge est vraiment magnifique.
    See soon.

  87. Chris says:

    You bake as good as I barbecue.

    I suspect the inverse is true as well. I probably bake as good as you barbecue 😉 =)

    Love these little yin yang cookies, they remind me of the Town and Country surf gear we used to wear back in the 80’s when surfing. Damn I’m old.

  88. Chris says:

    and NO, we did NOT have to ride dinosaurs on the way to the beach….

  89. I love how red velvet anything looks so pretty. I love it even more with a chocolate glaze on top – I’m definitely a chocolate girl 😉

  90. Black and whites are on my cookie to-bake list, and why haven’t gotten to them yet?! The red velvet aspect is genius. And, I agree, I’d start on the chocolate side and save the vanilla for savoring last.

  91. Elizabeth says:

    I’ve never had a black & white cookie. I feel deprived.

  92. Amazing photos! The cookies came out perfectly. I have been meaning to make a red velvet something! I heard though that pecans are like the key red velvet ingredient – is that true? I think I read it on yahoo or something.. which isnt very trustworthy…

  93. You know, I have never had a black and white cookie. I don’t know if they have them up here. Looks tasty! I remember eating Neapolitan ice cream that way, one flavour at a time. ?

  94. Reeni says:

    Love your twist with the red velvet! I always eat around the edges and make my way to the middle.

  95. Tracy says:

    YUM. I need these in my life immediately!

  96. Johanna GGG says:

    Hmmm to me they look beautiful but just not enough chocolate! Maybe you and I should get together to eat these – I could eat the chocolate half and you could eat the white half. Though part of me thinks that reconciliation between white and black is a very good thing.

  97. I’m totally a vanilla person as well. I do the same thing… eat the chocolate first, just to get it over with, so I can move on to the vanilla.

    That’s not to say that I don’t like both sides… just prefer one over the other.

    These look great, by the way. Really, they’re beautiful.

  98. Shannon says:

    i’ve never been wow’ed by these cookies… perhaps you should send me one or two for testing purposes??

  99. I usually don’t like black and white cookies, because I don’t like the lemony cookie. This red velvet version is the perfect solution! Now I can practice the proper black and white cookie eating technique.

  100. Red velvet cookies!! This is a great idea. thanks for sharing.

  101. I pass by these cookies thinking that they look so good! This looks even better, and who doesn’t like red velvet. I don’t know how I would eat this cookie, but I will definitely try your method.

  102. Monet says:

    I’m sad to say that we forgot to get one of these when we visited NYC last year. What a shame! But now I have your recipe…with an even more delightful twist. Red Velvet! Thank you for sharing tonight! I hope you have a great Monday, my friend.

  103. I love black and white cookies–brought back a bunch for gifts the last time I was in New York. You just can’t get good ones here. 😉 The red velvet is a fun twist–these look amazing.

  104. I love red velvet and I love black and white cookies and I double love that you put them together!

  105. OohLookBel says:

    These cookies are just amazing! I really must give them a go, though it will be a hard task to not cover the entire cookie in either chocolate OR vanilla glaze (it will be too hard to decide which half to eat first if they were both flavours!)

  106. katiez says:

    For some reason, I have an almost overpowering urge to make Black and White Cookies – and swirl the 2 icings with reckless abandon, just so I can watch you eat them. Cruel, I know…..

  107. Nicole, RD says:

    These look absolutely incredible, Joanne!

  108. grace says:

    i’m sorry to say that i’ve never eaten a black and white cookie, but i feel a bond with them because of the seinfeld episode in which they were featured.
    ‘…the key to eating a black and white cookie is that you wanna get some black and some white in each bite. Nothing mixes better than vanilla and chocolate. And yet still somehow racial harmony eludes us. If people would only look to the cookie, all our problems would be solved.’
    look to the cookie, joanne. 🙂

  109. Kim says:

    Do you know that I’ve never had a black and white cookie? Sounds crazy, right? This red velvet version definitely has me sold. I really got a good laugh reading about how you ate yours. I would probably have a similar method, no doubt. I think I’m partially OCD about stuff like that.

    These look delish, as Rachel would say.

  110. Miriam says:

    Why do I find myself drooling whenever you post desserts? Looks fantastic! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  111. I face the same kind of dilemma with the sandwich cookies… what is best: bite into the whole thing or carefully separate each cookie, then lick the filling and eat the cookies? or eat one cookie, then the filling and finally the last cookie?
    As I have never tried the black and white cookies… I can see one more dilemma coming…

  112. Kerstin says:

    What a unique twist on traditional B&W cookies -yum! I also eat the chocolate side first 🙂

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