Black and white cookies

  • Preparation Time15 mins
  • Cooking Time35 mins
  • Serves20
  • DifficultyEasy

For the cookies

300g soft flour (see note)
350g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
225g butter, room temperature
30g caster sugar
4 large eggs
250ml milk
1 tsp vanilla essence

For the icing

80ml boiling water
500g icing sugar
30g dark chocolate, melted
1) Preheat oven to 190C/Gas 5.

2) In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the soft flour, plain flour and baking powder; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, 1 at a time. Then beat in the milk and vanilla. Gradually, beat the dry ingredients into the wet. Drop tablespoonfuls of the cookie batter onto parchment paper lined sheet pans, 5-cm apart. Bake for approximately 25 minutes until the edges of the cookies just begin to brown.

3) Meanwhile, make the icing. In a large mixing bowl, stir the boiling water into the icing sugar, 1 tbsp at a time, until the mixture is spreadable but still thick. Transfer half of the icing to another mixing bowl and stir in the melted chocolate.

4) When the cookies are done let them cool completely. Spread half of the flat side (baked side down) of the cookies with white icing and the other half with the chocolate icing. Let the cookies dry and harden completely.

Note: Soft flour or cake flour is a flour with low gluten content. To substitute sift together 250 g of plain flour and 50 g cornflour.

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