Mini black and white cookies
½ cup(s), softened
⅔ cup(s), granulated
fat free skim milk
powdered sugar (confectioner's)
2 cup(s), divided
¼ cup(s), boiling, or more if necessary, divided
unsweetened cocoa powder
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Coat 2 cookie sheets with cooking spray or cover with parchment paper.
- Beat butter and granulated sugar in a large bowl, using an electric mixer, until light and fluffy. Add whole eggs, one at a time, and incorporate with mixer; blend in 1 teaspoon of vanilla and lemon zest.
- Mix together flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate medium bowl.
- Add half of flour mixture to butter mixture; add milk and beat well. Add remaining flour mixture and beat well.
- Whip egg whites in a medium bowl, with a wire whisk, until soft peaks form; gently fold egg whites into cookie batter.
- Drop batter by heaping teaspoons onto cookie sheets; batter should remain in high mounds. Make sure to leave at least 2 inches of space between each mound of batter.
- Bake cookies until edges turn slightly brown, about 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on cookie sheets for 1 to 2 minutes; move to wire racks and allow to cool completely.
- Meanwhile, to make vanilla icing, combine 1 cup of powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons of boiling water and remaining 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla in a medium bowl; beat until smooth. Using a pastry brush or flexible spatula, paint half of each cooled cookie with vanilla icing. (NOTE: Make sure to ice the flat side of each cookie. You should always use the vanilla icing first)
- To make chocolate icing, combine remaining cup of powdered sugar, cocoa and 2 tablespoons of boiling water in a medium bowl; beat until smooth. Add a little more water, a teaspoon at a time, if icing is too dry. Using the same brush or spatula, paint the second half of the flat side of each cookie. Allow icing to dry completely before serving. Yields 2 cookies per serving.