Sunday, July 28, 2013

NYC ….One of the Best!!!!

Let me just admit now I have experienced a lot of places over the years. Last night I was chatting with a friend and realized since college I have lived at 9 different addresses in 5 states… how time flies! (Just to clarify I do not like moving….lol)

In these moves and life travels, there have been some amazing cities and some not so much. There were places I loved to be, people I loved to see and memories I cherish every day. But years later (aside from the friends and memories) the one thing that sticks out are the local treasures I was lucky enough to experience.

Baltimore had amazing experiences and food. My all-time favorite Italian bakery is there. I still miss that place every day. Philly…..all I have to say there is Pat's or Geno's….(I miss that day trip), Boston (I miss everything about this city…ha), and finally NYC.

I am so grateful for siblings who took their life by the reins and ventured out on their own. Their life choices and experiences spilled over to my life. To experience NYC as a "local" was the best thing my brother ever gave me. Just telling me to get out there and wander. For those who have been there, navigating this city on your own is a challenge within itself.  I still know very little about this amazing city but every year when I go back I get to see a little more.

One of the best things NYC is known for is Black and White Cookies. Such a simple concept but oh so good. I haven't made them in years and in moving recently (yes moving…ugh) I came across the recipe once again. So I hope you enjoy a little piece of NYC in whatever town or city you are in.

So what city and what food memory do you have?

Mini Black and White Cookies

3 C Unbleached Flour
1/4 Tsp Baking Powder
1/4 Tsp Baking Soda
1/4 Tsp Salt
2 Eggs and 1 Egg Yolk
3/4 C Granulated Sugar
3/4 C Brown Sugar, packed
1/4 C Heavy Cream
2 sticks unsalted butter
1 Tbsp Vanilla

1 C Heavy Cream
3 C Confectioners' Sugar
5 Tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa
1/2 Tbsp Espresso Powder
6 Tbsp Boiling Water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift together flours, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside. In a medium bowl, combine eggs and sugars until smooth. Add vanilla. Add flour mixture and cream alternating until blended.

Drop dough onto cool pan and bake until edges are light brown, about 10 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack set over parchment paper to cool.

In a small bowl, combine confectioners' sugar and cream until smooth. Set aside half of icing for white.  In another bowl, add cocoa, espresso powder with boiling water and whisk until smooth. Add to remaining icing and mix until smooth.

Using a small offset spatula, ice half of each cookie with each icing. Return cookies to rack to drip, if necessary. Allow cookies to set, about 10 minutes.