After a great restful vacation, enjoying sun & warm weather, I am coming back to orders & orders & more orders! I will also be providing the desert for a family gathering on Easter Sunday. So today I start with my store orders - 2 dozen red velvet cupcakes - done. Rasberry Bars - done. & a request for "something for Easter" I am thinking I will be making one of my favorites - the black & white cookies but will change them into Easter colors. I have tried many recipes for these cookies but this is the best! I'll provide pix in my next post!
Oh, almost forgot - family deserts. Easter Black & Whites, Brownies (recipe next week)
Zabars Black & White Cookies (for Easter)
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter,softened
4 large eggs (room temp)
1 cup milk (whole is best)
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract (pure)
1/4 tsp. lemon extract (please only pure extract)
2 1/2 cups cake flour check out this link on how to make cake flour)http://www.joythebaker.com/blog/2009/09/how-to-make-cake-flour/ Great blog!
2 1/2 cups all purpose-flour
1 tsp.baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
4 cups confectioners sugar
1/3 to 1/2 cup boiling water
1 ounce bittersweet chocolate
Preheat oven to 375*F. Butter 2 baking sheets and set aside.
Make the cookies:In a large mixing bowl,combine the sugar and butter and mix by machine or hand until fluffy. Add the eggs,milk and vanilla and lemon extracts and mix until smooth.
In a medium bowl, combine the flours,baking powder and salt and stir until mixed. Add the dry ingredients to the wet in batches,stirring well to combine. Using a soup spoon,drop spoonfuls of the dough 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Bake until the edges begin to brown,20 to 30 minutes. Allow to cool completely.
Make the frosting: Place the confectioners' sugar in a large bowl. Gradually add enough of the boiling water to the sugar,stirring constantly,until mixture is spreadable.
Remove half of the frosting to the top of a double boiler set over simmering water and add the chocolate. (or use food coloring for Easter Colors - pink, yellow, pale green)Warm the mixture,stirring,until the chocolate is melted and the frosting is smooth. Remove from the heat. With a brush,coat half the cookie with chocolate frosting and the other half with white frosting.
MAKES 2 DOZEN COOKIES
I some times double the recipe for the two frostings
This frosting is the traditional shiny chocolate and vanilla but I also like to use my chocolate fudge & vanilla frosting.