I am a New Yorker. No matter where I have lived, whether it be Connecticut, Texas or now LA, I have always identified with and been at home in New York. Black and White cookies are one of those things that people always identify with New York and that you can get in every corner deli and bakery. Unfortunately for the iconic black and white cookie, most of the ones that you buy on the street in NYC are dry, crumbly and generally tasteless with too sweet frosting.
These cookies are the total opposite of that. They taste like what you want a black and white cookie to taste like, only better. They are soft and flavorful with a slight crunch on the outside and a distinctly vanilla frosting and a distinctly chocolate frosting. Neither frosting is too sweet and it is a nice compliment to the only slightly sweet cookie. Someone once said that the key to a true New York City black and white is lemon zest in the cookie batter, which I think adds to the flavor and keeps them from being cloyingly sweet.
These were pretty simple to put together. The batter is something between a cookie and a cake and you scoop it with an ice cream scooper to get large but not obscenely huge cookies. After baking you mix up the vanilla frosting and then take half of that and mix in the cocoa powder for the chocolate side. My frosting was a little drippy (as you can see from the photo) but it set up nicely and I was able to stack and store these with minimal trouble.