NYC-style Pumpkin Black and White Cookies
I fell in love with the classic Zabar’s Black & White Cookie before I ever even set foot in NYC. I was impressed with it’s fame before I had even tasted one (primarily thanks to Seinfeld), and so three years ago I blindly attempted a copycat recipe on my own. You can see it here (but please don’t judge me for the photos!).
And then, finally, my little family made a trip up to the Big Apple earlier this year, and I got to sink my teeth into a big, soft, totally authentic NYC bakery-style Black & White cookie. Sadly, we didn’t make it to Zabar’s for the real deal. But these cookies are all over the place up there in lots of different bakeries and restaurants. They come in all shapes and sizes and textures. And the icing seemed to be a little bit different at every place we tried (and, uh, don’t ask how many stops we made to sample cookies… mmkay?).
I loved them all. With every bit of my heart. And guess what? My homemade version was actually pretty spot-on!
The only change I would make is to keep them chilled after icing them. It seemed like most places selling Black & White cookies in NYC kept them chilled, and I loved the firm texture it gave the icing and the cookie. (Although, I just have to say that I’m not ignorant to the fact that a chilled cookie in a bakery is not a fresh cookie, which isn’t really okay…. buuuuuuut Imma let that slide in this case.)
Anyway. ‘Tis the season to make all things pumpkin, and I’ve had this idea rolling around in my head all year. So I’m super excited to finally be posting it!
Full disclosure: the texture of these pumpkin cookies is quite different than a traditional black & white. So please don’t make them expecting it to be exactly the same! These cookies are incredibly fluffy and cake-y, much lighter than a bakery-style black & white cookie. But the icing is exactly the same, and it’s basically the bomb.com. You’re going to love it!
You can eat these at room temp or chilled, either way they’re super good and a fun fall twist on a New York favorite!
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