Friday, April 9, 2010

Sugared Small Screen: Seinfeld

Oh look Elaine, the black and white cookie. I love the black and white. Two races of flavor living side by side.  It's a wonderful thing isn't it?

I didn't start watching Seinfeld until after the final season aired.  I don't think I would've had the same appreciation for it that I do now had I started watching it back in junior high.  I was too busy thinking about locker combinations.  And Color Me Badd.

"The Dinner Party" is one of my favorite Seinfeld episodes, not only because it's damn hysterical but because a good portion of it takes place in a bakery.  Every time I see that episode, my salivary glands do funny things.

I found a recipe for Black and White Red Velvet cookies in an old issue of Rachael Ray Everyday.  If that doesn't make your sweet tooth ache with longing, you need to see a doctor.  Or a dentist.

 This wouldn't be a proper post without a shout to my new favorite blogger, Margie over at I Love Food.  Lover of cats, Deloreans, William Zabka and better babkas.

Let's get started.

For the cookie part:

1 1/4 cups flour
1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 Tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 Tablespoon red food coloring
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup buttermilk

Preheat the hot box to 350 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Sift together the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt into a bowl.

Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.  

  Beat in the egg, food coloring and vanilla.

Okay, how scary is this shot?  

They're all gonna laugh at you! 

Think happy thoughts.  Kittens.  Milkshakes.  The Wringer on Double Dare.

Alternately beat in the flour and buttermilk mixtures, beginning and ending with the flour.  

  Scrape down the sides of the bowl between additions.  Some of those ingredients can be stubborn.

Scoop 1/4 cup of batter onto the baking sheet...

 ...and spread it out using the back of a spoon.  

Repeat with the remaining batter, placing cookies 2 inches apart.

Bake for 12-15 minutes until the toothpick tester comes out dry.

Whoa.  These suckers are huge.

Not that I'm complaining.

Let the cookies cool for a few minutes then transfer to a wire rack.

While they cool, prepare the black and white icing.

2 cups confectioners sugar
2 Tablespoons corn syrup
4 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
3 Tablespoons unsalted butter

In a bowl, whisk together the sugar, vanilla, 1 Tablespoon corn syrup and 2 Tablespoons hot water until smooth.  

 In a separate bowl, combine the chocolate chips, butter and 1 Tablespoon corn syrup and microwave for 45 seconds or until melted.

 Fuzzy wuzzy was a picture.

Starting with the vanilla, spread icing on half of the cookie.

The bottoms are nice and flat.  Much better suited for icing.

Pop the cookies in the fridge for 20 minutes to let them set then follow up with chocolate icing on the other side.

Let the icing firm up then store in an airtight container.

A wise breakfast choice.

Soft, cakey and unifying.

The thing about eating the Black and White cookie, Elaine, is you want to get some black and some white in each bite.  Nothing mixes better than vanilla and chocolate.  And yet somehow racial harmony eludes us.  If people would only look to the cookie all our problems would be solved.

 Peace.  Love.  Red velvet.


  1. Shout out! Woohoo! I love Seinfeld. Everything in life can be compared to an episode of Seinfeld. I even think we all have a character in our lives from Seinfeld.

    This is one of my favorite episodes. I love the guy with the cane who stubs Lainey's foot. His snooty, "Sorry!" makes me laugh so much that I use it in my own daily vernacular.

    I could go on and on and leave you a huge comment. I will just say that my brother went to NY in November and ate a B&W cookie and sent me a pic much to my heartbreak. :( He obviously loves me.

    Don't get me started on Double Dare. Physical challenge, please.

  2. Wow, and red velvet too. Way to raise the bar, Ali - these look ridiculously good.

  3. pictures are lookin nice :) your lighting has improved so much!

  4. "Black Forest?"

    "Black Forest? Too scary. You're in the forest, oohh."

    And Margie - do you think the Nickelodeon people made the floor out of that slippery-ass tile on purpose? I'm thinking yes.

    Liam - these are baaad to have around after a rough day at the 9-6er.

    Thanks Bryan :) The "night" pics still need some work but the ones in natural light are getting a little easier.

  5. I'm thinking yes too cause no one could stay up. That Marc Summers! I shake my fist at you, Marc!!!

  6. Yum! I love black and white cookies. I've always been too intimidated to make my own, I love that you made them with the red velvet recipe too! The colors are all great together!

  7. Oh YUM! Those look fantastic... love your blog! Beer and baking - can't go wrong! :)

  8. This looks so yummy...hey what can we use instead of eggs in such cookies

  9. If only people would look the cookie all our problems would be solved : ) Brilliant!

  10. I just discovered your blog and I love it! You crack me up! I'm glad to know this recipe turns out - I've had it stashed in my "to make" book for years!