Valentine’s Day Black & White Cookies

Valentine's Day Black & White Cookies

First, I’m going to say this post is longer than usual but don’t worry the recipe for the cookies is at the end. I like to think that I have a of potential and I’m pretty focused in my life. Great job, nice husband and a fun hobby all keep my life pretty busy. At this point in my life I don’t think I could ask for more but could I do even greater things? I was recently invited to a class at The School of Life about How to Realize Your Potential.

Valentine's Day Black & White Cookies

I’ve never read any self-help books in my life or ever been interested in any sort of new age learning but I have nothing against it and maybe I could learn something new or something about myself. That, and the fact that Lorraine Pascale would be there made me interested. The course I attended was only a 45 preview. The real course is two and a half hours. In a nutshell the class is all about exploring how personal values and passion can hold the key to a more fulfilling way of life.

I probably wouldn’t have attended the class on my accord since I’m pretty motivated right now but the class did have some useful exercises and the questions are easy and obvious but sometimes you can’t see what’s right in front of you. The class would be good for someone who’s struggling with their ambitions. It was interesting listening to Lorraine speak. She herself was someone who struggled with what to do with her life.

Valentine's Day Black & White Cookies

You can watch a short video about it here. You can even see a very uncomfortable looking me for about 5 seconds! This is pretty much as serious. and philosophical as this blog will ever get. All that thinking has made my brain hurt!

Since  I’m feeling all smug about broadening my horizons and learning new things about myself I thought I should keep on track and try a new recipe! This is straight from Baked in Brooklyn. The recipe is from Baked Explorations and I got the idea  for the pink and black motif from their facebook page.

Valentine’s Day Black & White Cookies

Yield: 17 cookies

Valentine’s Day Black & White Cookies

Ingredients

Cookies

3 cups plain flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

14 tbs unsalted butter, cool

1 1/4 cups sugar

2 large eggs

1 egg yolk

3/4 cup buttermilk

1 tbs vanilla

1 tbs lemon zest

Icing

3 3/4 cups icing sugar

4 tbs whole milk

3 tbs heavy cream

2 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup cocoa powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F/180 C and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. In a large bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add in the eggs and egg yolk one at a time, beating between each. Add in the vanilla. Add the flour in three parts alternating with the buttermilk.
  3. Using a large cookie scoop place 1/4 cup of batter onto the prepared pans. Keep each scoop three inches apart. Bake for 17 minutes, until the edges are golden brown.
  4. Make the icing. In a large bowl whisk together the icing sugar, milk, cream and vanilla. Add more milk if the icing is too thick. Pour half of the icing into another bowl and stir in the cocoa powder.
  5. Use a small spatula to spread the vanilla icing on half of the cookies (use the flat bottom side of the cookie). Leave to dry for 10 minutes and spread the chocolate on the other half. Let dry for 1 hour. I found it easiest to pour icing into squeezy bottles and draw outlines with the icing and then fill it in (like when decorating sugar cookies).

Notes

I skipped adding the lemon zest and used soy milk and soy cream in the icing.

http://www.americancupcakeabroad.com/cookies/valentines-day-black-white-cookies

I’ve only been to NYC once and I didn’t have a black & white cookie! I was surprised that they tasted so cake like. I love the pink and black frosting instead of white and black. A homemade box of these on Valentine’s Day for your beloved would be a nice way to say I love you.

This is not a paid sponsored post. I was invited to attend a preview of the class by American Express and to meet Lorraine Pascale. All opinions are my own.

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5 Comments

  1. Wow, what a great opportunity for you! I hope you could pick up some interesting facts ;) And who wouldn’t want to meet Lorraine…? ;)
    Take care

  2. More than happy to share a few of the exercises that we did on the night. The post was just starting to get long!

    This one was interesting. Try and read just the next sentenance and read the next sentance after you write down your answer. List 7 things that make you feel alive. After you’ve written your’re 7 things look at them. Do they have anything in common? Adventure, excitment, danger, fast things, contentment? It’s such a simple question but not something I’d ever thought to ask myself before.

    Take a blank piece of paper. Write your name in the center and around you write the names of all the people that provide you with support (mom, dad, boyfriends, friends etc). Then draw arrows from them to you but change the thickness of the line according to how much they support you. Do the same thing with arrows from you to them. How much support do you give to them? The graph might show unbalanced support. Someone taking a lot but not giving a lot. Another pretty simple exercise but maybe you don’t think about it till the answer is staring you in the face!

    • What an interesting opportunity! I went to college/university for Art and I swear I was one of very few that wasn’t into all this exploring one’s self beyond the obvious. But as I get older and different things test me I find myself reflecting more on my choices and stuff. Might have to get a piece of paper for those questions above!

      Also love the black and white (pink) cookies! I have Baked Explorations, might have to go give it another read! :0)

  3. I love these cookies! Hard not to when they’re pink! I’ve never had a black and white cookie before. Seen them lots on blogs & the web. I like your idea of a pink and black much better. The Lorraine Pascall session sounds really interesting.

  4. these are cute. you can bake them in october for breast cancer awareness too!

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