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Pastries have been closely associated with New York City for a very long time now. But there is perhaps nothing more closely associated than black and white cookies. These flattened fine textured domes of cake with their vanilla fondant and chocolate coating, neatly bisected through the middle in order to separate the flavors, aren’t really cookies but more like “drop cakes,” a term used by William Grimes in a New York Times article from 1998. A lot of people say that these cookies have descended from another popular type of cookie from upstate New York, the “half-moon.” This baked cookie has a base, shaped like a cookie, made from chocolate or vanilla cake. It has a fluffy layer of frosting on the top and has a demarcation with some chocolate and vanilla. The layer of chocolate frosting is usually the thicker one. There are rumors that this type of cookie was invented in the 20th century at the Hemstrought Bakery but its archaic form and iconography suggest that it a lot older than that.

The term cookie comes from koekje, a Dutch word, which is pronounced in almost the same way as the English equivalent. It basically means “little cake.” This suggests that it was the Dutch settlers who brought the concept of cookies to the country during the 17th and 18th centuries.

The transformation of cake cookies using fondant instead of frosting just makes it more streamlined and modern. This is what makes it ready for large-scale distribution without any fear of frosting or smearing. Yet, the half-moon image still remains as a medieval symbol that represented the midpoint of every lunar cycle. This is a great reminder of the north European past of New York City.

Today, these cookies are widely available in a number of bakeries, bodegas and bagelries around the city. They retail for around $3 each and average somewhere near 4 cm in diameter. There are some which have been oddly transformed too, though.

Now, here is a list of five events where taking black and white cookies along makes sense:


If you are going out for a picnic with family, friends or co-workers, taking some of these cookies along makes perfect sense. They are easy to carry around and taste like little drops of heaven in your mouth. There really is no better snack for the young and the old.

Road trip

When you’re stuck in a car or RV with your family members or friends for a long period of time, you are going to get hungry on a few occasions at least. These cookies can really come in handy when those hunger pangs hit in the middle of nowhere.


Everyone enjoys a good old-fashioned barbecue. But while the meats are cooking on the grill, guests may feel a little hungry. You wouldn’t want to give them something heavy that ruins their appetite. But you would want to offer something tasty. Black and white cookies are a perfect choice.

Book clubs

If you are a part of a book club and never know what to serve other members when they come over to your house, these cookies are the perfect solution.

Birthday parties

Believe it or not, both children and adults love these cookies. They make the perfect snack for kid’s parties.

So what are you waiting for? It’s time you went and go yourself some black and white cookies.

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As we reach mid-August, there’s a lot of talk about back to school and Fall, but we say, not so fast…summer is far from over. There is still plenty of summer left in 2015, and we have a few ideas on how you can make the most out of it.

Summer Concert Series – Check your local paper’s entertainment section for a list of summer concerts going on in August. Most towns and cities have summer jazz, folk, classical, rock and other music festivals held in parks, outdoor concert halls, farmer’s markets and more. Many of them are free and make a perfect summer night of listening under the stars.

Outdoor Theater – Theater companies regularly have a Theater in the Park summer series, and what better way to experience theater than outdoors, your favorite wine, cheese and some Black and White Cookies? Which brings one to wonder, if Black and Whites were available during Shakespeare’s time, would the scene have included a Black and White instead of a skull, and the line have gone, “To Black, or not to Black?” That is the question indeed.

Art Walks – This is a fun and friendly way to check out the local art scene in your area. Many local galleries participate in “First Fridays” or “First Thursdays,” they open their doors after hours and encourage the public to experience art. While you won’t be able to bring food into the galleries, having some Black and Whites on hand is a great way to keep energized. And, quite the visual statement as well.

Local History or Walking Tours – All towns have a story to tell, and yours is probably no different! Google your town name and “walking tours” to see what’s available in your area. You might even discover your town has a few local “haunts” with a ghost tour!

Get Active – Take advantage of the still long days to get moving! Google your neighborhood or town and add bike routes, or walking routes, so see the best trails in your area. If you have rivers or ponds close by, try kayaking, canoeing or paddle boating. Be sure to bring along a few Black and Whites for refueling!

Camping – Use the slightly cooler weather as an excuse to pitch a tent and build a campfire. Since peak season is over, there is more likely to be camping slips available in the most ideal locations. Or, go it on your own! Either way, you can enjoy a few Black and Whites with your s’mores while communing with nature.

Have a Cookout – Have one last cookout with friends, coworkers or if you’re feeling really ambitious, organize a block party!

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Those are just a few of our ideas. We’d love to hear your ideas! Comment here or post on our Facebook page!


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