“The key to eating the black and white cookie, Elaine, is you wanna get some black and some white in every bite. Nothing mixes better than vanilla and chocolate!” – Jerry Seinfeld
Ever since I saw the episode of Seinfeld where Jerry eats a black and white cookie, I wanted to try one (even though the cookie makes him ill). Fun fact: I recently heard Jerry Seinfeld admit that he actually doesn’t like black and white cookies in real life even though he is always associated with them because of the show. When the episode first came out, the internet barely existed so there was no easy way to find a recipe. Over the years my drive to try the cookie diminished and I never did try to find the recipe for these cookies.
Many years later I had just moved in with my friend Samantha and she was baking cookies for work. To my surprise, they were black and white cookies! So, of course, I volunteered to help her make them and requested a cookie as payment. I was hooked! These are no ordinary cookies – they are more of a cakey texture and are quite puffy in the middle, similar to a cookie used for a whoopee pie. Topped with that perfect balance of chocolate and vanilla icing, they are a real treat.
If you can let the cookies cool without putting them in the fridge, they taste better, so be sure to leave yourself time to let them cool completely. Then ice them half white and half black, let the icing set and enjoy with a glass of milk.
In the words of Jerry, “Look to the cookie, Elaine. Look to the cookie.”