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Black and White Cookies

Black and White Cookies
Adapted from All and Grumpy’s Honeybunch
Makes 20 4-inch cookies

1 cup unsalted butter
1 ¾ cups granulated sugar
4 eggs
1 cup milk
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon lemon extract
2 ½ cups cake flour
2 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt

Chocolate Glaze:
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons milk

White Glaze:
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
½ teaspoon almond extract (or vanilla extract)
1 ½ tablespoons milk

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line two baking sheets with parchment or silicone baking mats; set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, sift together cake flour, all purpose flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add vanilla and lemon extracts, beating to combine.
4. Add flour mixture and milk alternately to butter mixture, starting and ending with the flour, and mixing until just combined.
5. With an ice cream scoop or 2 ½-inch cookie scoop, drop dough onto prepared sheets, 4 inches apart. Bake until edges just barely start to brown, about 14 minutes. Transfer immediately to a wire rack to cool completely.
6. Once the cookies have cooled, make glazes. To make chocolate glaze, in a small bowl, whisk together confectioner’s sugar, cocoa powder, and milk until smooth. Set aside. To make white glaze, in a separate small bowl, whisk together confectioner’s sugar, extract, and milk until smooth. Using a knife or an offset spatula, spread white glaze over one half of the flat part of the cookie (what would normally be the bottom of the cookie).* Repeat with the chocolate glaze on the other half. Let sit at room temperature for about an hour to allow glaze to set. (Or you can put them in the fridge for about a half an hour.)

*Note: I actually found it easier to pipe an outline of frosting on my cookies before spreading. And they were prettier. I’m a very messy icer.

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