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The traditional New York cookie is given a red velvet makeover with these Red Velvet Black and White Cookies.

Red Velvet Black and White Cookies | www.tasteandtellblog.com

And we come to the last of the red velvet recipes… :(  This has really been a lot of fun.  I’ll admit that I’m pretty sugared out at this point – I don’t usually have this many desserts on my blog!!

This cookie is actually one of the first recipes I thought to do when I came up with the idea to do Red Velvet Week.  I actually remember seeing these in an issue of Every Day with Rachael Ray years ago, and then shortly after, Joy the Baker made them.  From there, the idea caught on like wildfire – I remember seeing them on so many blogs after that.  And to me – that’s a sign of a good recipe!!  So I pulled out my copy of the magazine and went to work!

Black and white cookies are not that popular in my neck of the woods.  In fact, I can’t think of a local bakery that sells them off the top of my head.  (Any Utahns – feel free to correct me!)  But I was familiar with these little beauties.  And turning the cookie to red velvet was such a great idea!!  I’d have to say the chocolate side was my favorite, but I’d be happy eating the whole cookie!

Red Velvet Black and White Cookies | www.tasteandtellblog.com

Red Velvet Black and White Cookies
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The traditional New York cookie is given a red velvet makeover with these Red Velvet Black and White Cookies.
Serves: 10 large or 24 smaller cookies
  • 1¼ cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon red food coloring
  • 1½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.
  2. Using a mixer, beat 5 tablespoons butter with the granulated sugar until fluffy, 3 minutes. Beat in the egg, food coloring and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk until smooth.
  3. Place ¼-cup scoops of batter 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet; spread out. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry, 12 to 15 minutes. Let the cookies sit for 5 minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool.
  4. In a bowl, whisk together the confectioners’ sugar, remaining ½ teaspoon vanilla, 1 tablespoon corn syrup and 2 tablespoons hot water until smooth. In another bowl, combine the chocolate, remaining 3 tablespoons butter and 1 tablespoon corn syrup; microwave until melted, about 1 minute.
  5. Coat the cookies with the vanilla, then the chocolate icing. Refrigerate until set, about 20 minutes.

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13 Responses to Red Velvet Black and White Cookies {Red Velvet Week/Saturdays with Rachael Ray}

  1. keepitsweet says:

    I love homemade fresh black and white cookies- this just takes that to the next level, love it!

  2. Holly says:

    Its been so fun this week watching you post all these amazing Red Velvet treats! I am definatly going to try the donuts!

  3. Joanne says:

    I think black and white cookies are more of a NYC thing…either way they are something that I ADORE. I've really been meaning to try the red velvet version after seeing it on Joy the Baker…now you've re-inspired me!

  4. Laura says:

    I've loved all your red velvet posts! I am hoping to try a few of the recipes soon.

    I also wanted to share that I enjoy your RR link party on Saturdays. Someday, I will get my act together to send something along! I love Rachael's recipe ideas, but I often prefer the simplified approach many bloggers take. Thanks for all your work. I've been clicking out of my reader to your blog quite frequently lately!

  5. ARLENE says:

    I just squealed so loudly that DSO came running into my sewing room. B&W cookies are my very favorite, though too many bakeries make them sooooo dry. Red velvet B&W…OMG. This will have to be my Valentine's Day present to myself. Thank you, thank you for posting these.

  6. Heather of Kitchen Concoctions says:

    I have LOVED all of your red velvet recipes this week!

    As far as Saturdays with RR… I love seeing the different RR recipes each week, the ones you make and the ones shared by others. I have even participated a few times and shared RR recipes and have some of her recipes that I would like to share in the future as well. However, I would hate for you to have to pay to continue to use the Mr. Linky. Is there not a similar service out there that is free? Could we leave a comment with a link to our RR recipe? Just some thoughts

  7. teresa says:

    what a fun idea, i love all of the red velvet treats, delicious!

  8. Val says:

    Now these look so great!!

  9. grace says:

    what's black and white and red all over? my face after getting ahold of a batch of these. :)

  10. Allison says:

    I have LOVED all of your red velvet recipes. It has been a true virtual treat!

  11. Patty H. says:

    How did I miss these? I love Half Moon cookies – – that’s what we call them in my neck of the woods! Anyway, I’ve been on a quest to find the “perfect” recipe – – along the way, I’ve found many variations, but this is not one I’ve seen before. I definitely have to give them a try.

  12. Darnell says:

    Hi in the instructions #1 it says add baking soda but baking soda is not in the ingredients.How much should there be in the recipe.

    Thank you

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