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Pudding Mix Black and Whites
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Black and Whites Instant Pudding Mix

Black and White Cookies made with a secret ingredient -- instant vanilla pudding mix.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 42 minutes
Servings 20
Author Cookie Madness

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 180 grams**
  • 1 box 3.4 oz/95 grams instant pudding mix, vanilla flavor
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or scraper out a vanilla bean
  • 1 1/2 sticks 3/4 cups/180 grams unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 180 grams
  • 2 large eggs

Black Frosting

  • 3 oz 70% cacoa dark chocolate (
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup

White Frosting (this makes plenty)

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cups 230 grams confectioners' sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons whole milk plus more as needed
  • 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla can use regular or clear
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

  • Whisk together the flour, pudding mix, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the softened butter and sugar until creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating and scraping sides of bowl, then beat in the vanilla extract.
  • Add the flour mixture and stir by hand to form a very soft yellow dough. Cover bowl and chill for about 30 minutes.
  • Scrape dough onto a sheet of plastic wrap and shape into a log. Wrap log and chill for an hour or until firm.
  • To form the cookies you have a couple of options. You can cut 1/2 inch rounds or you can flatten out the dough and punch 2 1/2 inch rounds. This really depends on how good you are at making perfectly round logs.
  • After forming about 20 rounds, arrange them 2 1/2 inches apart on parchment lined baking sheets. Bake one sheet at a time at 325 degrees F. for about 15 minutes or until edges just start to brown.
  • Allow cookies to cool for 5 minutes on sheets, then transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.
  • To make the chocolate frosting, heat the 3 tablespoons of cream with the corn syrup just until it starts to boil. I did this in the microwave and it took about 30 seconds. You can also use a saucepan. Combine with the chopped chocolate and stir until mixture is smooth. Let cool slightly and then carefully spread over half of each cookie. Allow the black to set while you prepare the white frosting. I recommend putting the cookies in the refrigerator to set it quickly. It makes things less messy when adding the white.
  • To make the white frosting, mix together the softened butter and sugar, then add 1 tablespoon of the milk. Beat until blended and keep adding milk until the icing is smooth and thin enough to spread. Beat in vanilla and salt. Pipe or just carefully spread icing on other half of cookies. You''ll probably have some left.
  • If you have some freezer space, put the cookies in a container with a lid that won't touch the frosting, then let them freeze. When frozen, transfer to a freezer bag and store in the freezer. Allow the cookies to come to room temperature before serving.

Notes

The measurements from the magazine are 1 1/2 cups of flour and 6 3/8 oz. This is a pretty light measurement for 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour but pretty much exactly the weight of 1 1/2 cups of cake flour. If you are using all-purpose, I recommend weighing the flour. If you don't have a scale, stir the flour well and measure with a very light hand.