Mini Black & White Cookies

Cookies are hardly ever my go-to sweet treat so I thought doing ‘12 Days of Cookies’ would be a fun way to challenge myself to delve deeper into cookies and a good excuse to pay more attention to my blog. Plus, I have so many holiday-related events over the next few weeks, it will make deciding what to make easier.

While I know that the 12 Days of Christmas usually start on Christmas Day and run until the Feast of the Epiphany, I just couldn’t wait to get started on all these tasty holiday cookies so I’m doing a pre-Christmas countdown!

While the original plan was to stick to holiday recipes, I quickly found myself getting sidetracked while doing research. Per usual. As a result, some of these are only considered ‘holiday cookies’ because I’m going to eat them during the holidays. And that’s okay with me.

True story, it’s sometimes easier to carefully curate my online content and image, dusting failures under the rug rather than admitting failure. That’s not really fair to anyone though so I’m going to try to be as honest as possible with these cookie recipes. I’m branching out and trying to find recipes from around the internet so if these all fail miserably, I’ll try to be honest about it.

Now that I’ve explained why I’m being honest, it feels like as good a time as any to tell you all that this first recipe was pretty much that, an epic failure.

Do you remember how when Pinterest first became popular, #PinterestFail became equally popular. What started as a hashtag later became a website collecting everyone’s failed attempts at recreating beautiful recipes and DIY projects from Pinterest. Despite not coming from Pinterest, this could best be described as a Pinterest fail.

Don’t get me wrong, these cookies are incredibly yummy and got eaten up rather quickly, but they didn’t turn out as beautiful as the original recipe depicted them. For starters, they rose too much, leading to strange bulbous shaped cookies rather than flat discs. Next, my icing skills left much to be desired. I’m not saying a toddler could have done a better job but I’m also not ready to dismiss the idea entirely.

If I haven’t completely turned you off the project at this point, I recommend you give these cookies a try and see how yours turn out. As for me, I’m ready for the next cookie recipe. I can only go up from here so I look forward to what the next 11 days hold for me!

Cookie Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ Cup (156g) flour
  • ½ Teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ Teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ Cup buttermilk
  • ½ Teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 7 Tablespoons of butter, softened
  • ½ Cup (100g) of granulated sugar

Icing Ingredients

  • 2 ¾ Cup (280g) icing sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 2 Teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • ½ Teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 Tablespoons water
  • ¼ Cup cocoa powder

Recipe (from a recipe in Gourmet)

  • Place oven racks in the top and bottom third of the oven
  • Preheat the oven to 350
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt
  • In a small bowl, combine buttermilk and vanilla
  • In a large bowl, cream together butter and granulated sugar
  • Mix in the buttermilk and vanilla into the butter mixture
  • Gently mix in the flour mixture until just combined
  • Scoop teaspoon sized batter balls onto two baking sheet, about one inch apart
  • Bake for four minutes with both pans in the oven
  • Swap pans and bake for another four minutes
  • While cookies cool, prepare icing
  • In a medium bowl, combine icing sugar, corn syrup, lemon juice and vanilla extract
  • Add four tablespoons of water, two tablespoons at a time, until mixture is just syrupy enough
  • Divide icing into two bowls, into one of them add the cocoa powder and mix until combined
  • Once cookies are cooled, ice all of them with the chocolate icing and then ice all of them with the white icing, in the same order so that the chocolate icing has dried