Black and White Cookies

 

Like New York City, the spiritual home to these cookies, my sources and inspiration for them are the ultimate melting pot: a Seinfeld episode, an email from food maven Arthur Schwartz, a recipe from the legendary Zabar's, and George Greenstein's comprehensive tome, Secrets of a Jewish Baker.

What you will need

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup cake flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. table salt

6 Tbs. whole or low-fat milk

1 tsp. vanilla extract

Grated zest of 1/2 lemon, preferably organic

1/2 cup (4 oz.) unsalted butter, at room temperature

2/3 cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs, at room temperature

2 cups plus 2 Tbs. powdered sugar, or more if needed

4 tsp. light corn syrup

1/2 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 tsp. vanilla extract

3 Tbs. unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder

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