Black and white cookies falls into NYC classic category. Not necessarily people grow up eating them, but New Yorkers grow up seeing them on the windows of many delis. The origin of this cake like cookie seems rather vague. Some says it is related to Germany’s Amerikaner cookie (only the white icing) or it is a version of half-moon, which was originated in upstate New York, and if it were for half-moon, the history goes back to early 20th century. Cupcake stores have been popping up everywhere with tons of flavors like cotton candy, key lime and Artie Lange (not a beer). So it was matter of time that beloved black and white cookie became a cupcake at Crumbs Bake Shop in NYC. The texture of black and white cookie resembles already like a cake, so why not? Taste? I thought it was a good vanilla cupcake, and the chocolate fondant icing was rather really tasted like chocolate, whereas B&W cookie’s black fondant tastes only chocolate-y.
Then, there are variations of all different colors. These novelty items, which is really cool, for example, for birthday, Christmas and/or Hanukkah gifts to be creative. I’d say “so cute!” if I receive one of these for Valentine’s or something (although, note to my husband, I always prefer really good cake), and if I bring these colorful cookies as souvenir to my friends in Japan, they’ll also scream “Kawaii~” (cute). However, black and white cookie has been in New York City staple because it’s black and white. There are reasons that these colored variations are not in store front everyday. Basic cake flavor is always vanilla and chocolate; so is cookies. It’s gender/age neutral. My dad wouldn’t want to eat a baby pink and white cookie on the street, but he won’t mind black and white. If you don’t live near New York City, and want to try, William Greenberg Dessert will ship and has great variation in color and sizes (I tried their pink and white, it didn’t taste like strawberry), or you can go fancy with Dean and Deluca or go crazy with these guys who has many color as well as shapes! If you wanna make it yourself, this recipe seems most delicious.