Haters gonna hate. lol - no seriously, pudding mix can keep baked goods really soft. It's been a long time since I've had a good black and white cookie and I signed up just to review this winning recipe. Black and white cookies I've gotten in NYC when I have visited in the last few years had either chalky or gummy cookies and all had rubbery slabs of gluey, tasteless icing. My husband grew up in Brooklyn and won't eat what is being sold as B/W cookies now. He loved these. This cookie was flavorful, with a tender crumb. The icing was what you want it to be: two distinct flavors that harmonize when eaten together. Thanks for the recipe.
Where I grew up in Brooklyn NY I never met a black and white that let me down. Playing around with a recipe from BAKED cookbook I have recreated what the bakery at our bus stop made. No dry cake here. A pastry chef would never use instant pudding mix. Get real! Don't mess with something that was truly wonderful in the old days.....1950's..
Jello pudding has some nasty stuff in it. Any thoughts on what a natural or less additive-laden subsititute might be? Black & white cookies were my childhood favorite and I’d like to find a recipe that made really good ones. So Jello pudding is largely sugar, various thickening agents, and some nasty stuff. Might we get a similar result from cornstarch or tapioca or something? Jello vanilla pudding ingredients: Sugar, Modified Food Starch, Contains less than 2% of Natural and Artificial Flavor, Salt, Disodium Phosphate and Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate (For Thickening), Mono- and Diglycerides (Prevent Foaming), Artificial Color, Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Bha (Preservative).
These looked so beautiful. I made them tonight. The cookie and chocolate icing worked out beautifully. I failed with the white icing however. I made it twice and both times it was a hot liquid mess. So I ended up with just half moon chocolate cookies.
Let me get this right, Best New Chef and vanilla pudding MIX? A touch incongruous, ya think? Really? Pudding MIX?? Sorry.